LAGOON TRAVELING

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Fukushimagata Lagoon

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The Fukushimagata Lagoon is located the north side of the city of Niigata in Japan. This extensive wetlands are made of numerous fresh water lakes, approximately 262ha in the area.

 Fukushimagata is well known as the best hibernaculum for Oohishikui (Middendorf's bean goose) in Japan, and also it is the place of the northern limit of Onibasu (Gorgon Plant). Many endangered species depend on the precious wetlands. You can see over 200 kinds of birds and plants in the Lagoon.

 The majority of the area cannot to be accessed without a boat. You can walk around some of the fresh water lakes and enjoy the view of all seasons.

 During spring and autumn for a limited period of time, you can hire a boat at a cost. Further information please ask to ‘NPO Network Fukushimagata’ in ‘View Fukushimagata’.


FACILITIES

This protected area has;

‘View Fukushimagata’

This unique observatory tower offers detailed information about the wetlands. You can enjoy the view of the Lagoon from the 4th floor to the rooftop through the glassed and sloped windows. You can enter the 1st floor through to the 3rd for free, but further up with a fee. There are a souvenir shop, a cafeteria, and exhibition areas in the building.

493 Maeshinden-otsu Kita-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 950-3328
TEL. 025-387-1491 FAX. 025-384-1200
OPEN: 9:00 to 17:00 CLOSED: Mondays

’Kataraitei’

The Japanese traditional style cottage with a thatched roof by reed is located beside the lake. It has a unique fire place in the tatami room where you could listen to stories from the locals.  

OPEN: 9:00 to 17:00 Admission: Free
CLOSED: Mondays (the day after a public holiday is closed), 28 Dec. to 4 Jan.

Camping area

It is located behind ‘Gataraitei’. It has a field kitchen and a toilet. You can reserve a space through the information desk at ‘View Fukushimagata’.

Fee: Adult 200 yen, Children under 16 years old: 100 yen (group discount available)
OPEN: March to November

‘Ganbareshya’ (the administration building of officially-designated game reserve area in Fukushimagata)

It is a building where you can observe birds and animals in the Lagoon. Free telescopes are provided for visitors.
OPEN: 9:00 to 17:00 No admission fee
CLOSED: Mondays (the day after a public holiday is closed), 28 Dec. to 4 Jan.

‘Nature Study Area’

You can learn about the wild life of Lagoon and nature conservation in biotopes and gardens through observation.

‘Ryofuso’

It is a spacious cottage near the Lagoon, and available throughout a year. It has all the facilities you require for an overnight stay. You can bring your own food to cook or groceries can be arranged at the time of reservation.

Price starts from 3,500 yen per person (depending on the number of people).
Optional tours: Hand making Japanese paper, Nordic walking, Listening to folk tales, Exploring nature for children, Hango cooking (cooking rice in a special tin pot for champing with wooden fire), and many more unique experiences are available.
Please send a fax to 025-387-1788 or email to ryoufusou@atagosyoji.co.jp for further information.


PRECAUTION

*There are no trash cans in the park due to the environmental restriction.
Please take all your wastes with you when you leave. Tipping is not necessary.

*Please dress appropriately for outdoor. (Insect repellants, UV protects and a long-sleeve jacket are recommended.)

*Pets are not allowed inside of ‘Nature Study Area’. No fishing, and no bike riding. 


ACCESS

By train from Tokyo: 2.5 hours by Shinkansen (bullet train) to the Niigata station. Change the line at the Niigata station to JR Hakushinsen and get off at the Toyosaka Station. From the station to the park, the distance is over 10km distance therefore it is recommended to take a taxi. It takes approx. 5 minutes.

By car from Tokyo: Take ‘Kanetsu’ Highway and ‘Nihonkai Tohoku’ High way approx. 4 hours and get off at ’Toyosaka Niigata Higashikou’ IC, and takes approx. 5minuets to arrive.

By car from Niigata: Take the bypass highway route 7 and get off at ‘Toyosaka’ IC, and takes approx.10minutes to arrive.

Large parking area is provided to visitors with a car.

Sakata Lagoon

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The Sakata Lagoon is located near a coast on the south side of the city of Niigata in Japan. The Sakata Lagoon was registered with the Ramsar convention on wetlands in 1996. The area is approximately 76ha and 43ha of it is the water area where there is the largest ‘Sand Dune Lake’ in Japan. The water was collected in the sunken place of sand dune.

 It is a rich habitat for a variety of wild life including endangered species, and also it is an important place for migrating birds such as Swans, Geese, Yellow Bitterns and Great Reed Warblers etc. We can observe around 200 kinds of birds and over 400 kinds of plants in the Lagoon.

 Sakata is a part of life for local farmers. It is a vital water source for the agriculture. All villagers from the surrounding area clean the bottom of the Lagoon regularly. They even offer a guided tour for visitors. The locals have appreciated abundant offerings they receive from the Lagoon, therefore they are keen to maintain and preserve it.

You can stroll along the walking trail and can certainly experience the richness of the wetlands.


FACILITIES

This protected area has;

‘Sachet Waterfowl and Wetland Center’

It is an observatory center which offers detailed information about the wetlands. You can enjoy the view over the Lagoon with a telescope. It is free to enter, and there is an exhibition space in the building.

ADD: 5404-1 Akatsuka Nishi-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 950-2261
TEL: 025-264-3050 Email:sakata.wlc@alpha.ocn.ne.jp
OPEN: 9:00 to 16:30 CLOSED: Mondays

‘Yachokansatsusha’

It is a place for bird watching.
OPEN: 9:00 to 16:30 Admission: free
CLOSED: Mondays (the day after a public holiday is closed), 28 Dec. to 4 Jan.
Further information: please email to sakata.wlc@alpha.ocn.ne.jp

‘Herb Land Season’

This lovely tea house is run by a local person. You can choose your favorite herbal tea from a wide variety of selection. The view from the tea house is absolutely breath taking.

ADD: 5073 Akatsuka Nishi-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 950-2261
TEL: 025-239-3288 www.herblandseason.com

OPEN: 10:00 to 17:00 CLOSED: Wednesdays and winter season onFebruary


PRECAUTIONS

*There are no trash cans in the park due to the environmental restriction. Please take all your wastes with you when you leave. Tipping is not necessary.

*Please dress appropriately for outdoor. (Insect repellants, UV protections and a long-sleeve jacket is recommended.)

*Pets are not allowed except in a certain area. Fishing is prohibited and bicycles are not allowed.


ACCESS

By train from Tokyo: 2.5 hours by Shinkansen (bullet train) to the Niigata station. Change the line to JR Echigosen and get off at the Akatsuka Station.

Free bicycles are available at the station. It takes approx. 15minutes. You can also get off at the station before called ‘Uchino’. It takes about 15 minutes by taxi.

By car from Tokyo: Take the ‘Kanetsu’ Highway and the ‘Nihonkai Tohoku’ Highway which take approx. 4 hours and get off at the ‘Makigata Higaashi’ IC. It takes approx.30minutes.

By car from Niigata: Take the bypass route to the ‘Makigata Higaashi’ IC which takes approx.45minutes from the center of Niigata. Alternatively take the seaside route 402 to the route 168, and on to the route 2. It is a scenic route and takes approx. 40minutes from the city center.

Toyanogata Lagoon

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Toyanogogata is uniquely located in the city center of Niigata, which is rather rare existence in Japan. Swans arrive in aboundance when winter comes.

The wetland is approximately 158ha. After being closed by sand dunes on the coast, it was formed as the sea level dropped and also partly by the construction of embankment.

When the Japanese economy was booming in the 60s to 80s, its pollution level became quite serious. However, the quality of water improved when the regulations were introduced by civil movements. Now it is a home for a wide variety of wild life and a breeding colony for birds.

Toyanogata Prefectural Park is situated next to it. Hanami (Cherry blossom) viewing in spring, and people enjoy playing sports and leisure activities.


FACILITIES

Toyanogata Prefectural Park is divided into two areas; Meike area where is the Prefectural Library and the Natural Museum are located, and Shumoku area on the opposite side.

‘Meike’area

‘Meike’area where has prefectural library and Natural museum, and ‘Shyumoku’ area where is the other side.

‘Meike area Information Center’

3-1-3 Meike-minami Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata 950-0948
TEL. 025-285-1604

‘Shumoku area Information Center’

451 Syumoku Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata 950-1141
TEL 025-284-4720

Further information: http://www.toyanogata-park.com (Japanese only)

‘Torimian’

A bird watching house in the Shumoku area of the park.

‘Natural Museum’

There is a corner for observing birds and exhibiting the ecology of Lagoon.
OPEN: 9:30 to 16:30 (daily) 9:30 to 17:00 (Saturdays, Sundays and summer time 18 July to 30 August)
CLOSED: Mondays and 29 December to 3 January

www.sciencemuseum.jp/niigata/ (Japanese only)


PRECAUTIONS

*There is no trash cans in the park due to the environmental restriction. Please take all your wastes with you when you leave. Tipping is not necessary.

*Please dress appropriately for outdoor. (Insect repellants, UV protects and a long-sleeve jacket are recommended.)

*Dogs must be on leash, and owners are required to clean up after dogs. No fishing. There are prohibited areas.


ACCESS

By train from Tokyo: 2.5 hours by Shinkansen (bullet train) .

From Niigata Station: You can rent a free bike to take approx. 30 minutes, or hop on a bus from the south exit, the bus number 7A or 8A and get off at ‘Toyanogata Koen mae’.

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From South exit of Niigata Station by buss:

‘Meike’ area: The number 2 bus takes you to ‘Meike-atago’ direction, and takes approx. 25 minutes. Please get off at ‘Yakyujo-Kagakukan-mae’ and approx. 8 minutes’ walk.

‘Shumoku’ area: The number 1 bus to ‘Niigata-Shimin-Byoin’ direction or ‘Sonoki New-town’ direction. It takes approx. 20 minutes.

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By car from Tokyo: Take the ‘Kanetsu’ Highway and the ‘Hokuriku’ High way take approx. 4 hours and get off at the ‘Niigata Nishi’ IC change to the bypass route 8 get off at the ‘Meike’ IC which takes approx.5 minutes, or the Banetsu highway and get off at the ‘Niigata-Chuo’ IC which takes approx.5 minutes.

There are parking spaces (day time only).

Uwasekigata Lagoon

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This is a man-made lake, which has been formed due to the development of drainage channel being dug up caused a drawdown. The Uwasekigata Park opened after the environmental improvement was made in 1998. It used to be an irrigation for the agriculture, but now it is used as a reservoir for rain. The water runs to Nishiyama River, Hirotori River and Shin River, which leads to the Sea of Japan.

 Uwasekigata Park has a wide open grass turf and the lake size is approx. 11ha. It has a great view of cherry blossoms and field mustard flowers in spring, cosmos in autumn are beautiful, and basically you can enjoy seasonal flowers throughout the year.

 You can also enjoy field sports and leisure activities in the park.


FACILITIES

There is a log house where you can rest.

ADD: 1 Matsunoo Nishikan-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata-ken 9530015
TEL: 0256-72-8507 (Construction Division of Nishikan ward office)
OPEN: 8:30 to 17:00 all days open Admission: Free

barbecue season 4/1 to 11/30 9:00 to16:30 admission is free.
(Need reservation) TEL: 0256-72-8570


PRECAUTIONS

*Please take all your wastes with you when you leave. Tripping is not necessary.

*You can only use fire in the designated area. Bring your own barbeque set.

*Please dress appropriately for noutdoor. (Insect repellants, UV protects and a long-sleeve jacket are recommended.)

*Dogs must be on leash, and owners are required to clean up after dogs. No fishing. There are prohibited areas.


ACCESS

By train from Tokyo: 2.5 hours by Shinkansen (bullet train) to the Niigata station.
Change the line to JR Echigosen and get off at the Akatsuka Station.

By car from Tokyo: Take the ‘Kanetsu’ Highway and the ‘Hokuriku’ High way take approx. 4  hours and get off at the ’Maki-Gatahigashi’ IC change to the route 460 approx. 15 minutes.

By car from Niigata: the route 16 ‘Myoden’ crossing to the route 46, which takes approx.15 minutes.,
or the route 102 ‘Seaside line’ to the ‘Kakuda-hama area Mimataji’, which takes approx.10 minutes.

There is a parking area (day time only).

These Information based on August 2015.
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