Sarobetsu Primeval Garden

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Sarobetsu Primeval Garden
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Misconception about alpine flora
Jul 2016
One of the reviewers called this a field of weeds. Apparently they did not venture past the balcony outside the main facility. That area is primarily bullrush. You have to take the boardwalk farther out where the vegetation thins, to see other plant species that have enough sunlight to grow. Many travelers look at the signs or posters of 12 different plant species and expect to see all of them blooming while they are visiting. NOT!!! I just came back from Rishiri and Rebun Island in 3rd week of July, the peak blooming season for the alpine plants, and no, you will not even see this there. The simple fact of the matter is you will be lucky to see 2-3 plant species blooming at any particular time out in the wild. I visited this marsh right after the islands in July, and the main species I saw was the purple ayame lily and a plant with blue clusters of flowers, however even at that 'peak' time, I was too early. You can take the short 1 km route on the boardwalk or the longer route, where you probably have a better chance of seeing more species. I think I saw one more species of plant blooming. I was headed down from Wakkanai to Asahikawa, and it was worth a stop at this place since one is not in the area often. The Nature Center is well maintained, and there is a small gift shop and restaurant. You can get magnificent views of Rishiri Island from the observation platform along the 1 km route. I was short on time and only did the 1 km route.

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DanL917
Tokyo, Japan445 contributions
Misconception about alpine flora
Jul 2016 • Solo
One of the reviewers called this a field of weeds. Apparently they did not venture past the balcony outside the main facility. That area is primarily bullrush. You have to take the boardwalk farther out where the vegetation thins, to see other plant species that have enough sunlight to grow.

Many travelers look at the signs or posters of 12 different plant species and expect to see all of them blooming while they are visiting. NOT!!! I just came back from Rishiri and Rebun Island in 3rd week of July, the peak blooming season for the alpine plants, and no, you will not even see this there. The simple fact of the matter is you will be lucky to see 2-3 plant species blooming at any particular time out in the wild.

I visited this marsh right after the islands in July, and the main species I saw was the purple ayame lily and a plant with blue clusters of flowers, however even at that 'peak' time, I was too early. You can take the short 1 km route on the boardwalk or the longer route, where you probably have a better chance of seeing more species. I think I saw one more species of plant blooming.

I was headed down from Wakkanai to Asahikawa, and it was worth a stop at this place since one is not in the area often. The Nature Center is well maintained, and there is a small gift shop and restaurant. You can get magnificent views of Rishiri Island from the observation platform along the 1 km route. I was short on time and only did the 1 km route.
Written July 27, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

miharashi
Sapporo, Hokkaido126 contributions
Field of Weeds
Aug 2012
Dubbed "The Field of WEeds" by a group of American college students I was guiding, there's nothing worth stopping for here. The marsh is dried up. The marsh flora and fauna are gone, replaced by goldenrod, ragweed, grass and bear grass bamboo.
Written March 23, 2013
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miharashi
Sapporo, Hokkaido126 contributions
Field of Weeds
Aug 2012
Dubbed "The Field of Weeds" by a group of AMerican college students I was chaperoning. What used to be a marsh with marsh fauna and flora is now a drained field being filled with dryland weeds like ragweed, goldenrod and bear grass bamboo. Not worth the stop.
Written March 23, 2013
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takhokkaido
Sapporo3 contributions
Toyotomi hot-spring resort is not too far from SWC.
Jul 2011 • Solo
Sarobetsu Wetland Centre is located in Sarobetsu Primeval Garden.Toyotomi-hot spring resort is located 12km away from Wetland Centre!
Written June 27, 2012
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