Horonobe Visitor Center

The Horonobe Visitor Center is dedicated to sharing information about Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. Home to Sarobetsu Wetland, which was registered as a Ramsar Convention (a convention that focuses on important international wetlands home to waterfowl) wetland in July 2007, is one of the three largest marshes in Japan, and one of the largest high moors in the country. Rishiri-Rebun Sarobetsu National Park is also the northernmost national park in the country.

On the first floor you'll find photos and dioramas that explain how the Sarobetsu Wetland was formed, the birds that call it home, the migratory birds that stop over here, such as the bean goose, and plants that have adapted to the harsh conditions of the high moor such as the Ezo daylily. The tablets at the center offer information on activities available at Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, directions to area facilities, and weather conditions. You can learn bits of trivia about the wetland, so this is a great place to stop before heading out for a stroll on the wooden footpath.

The second floor is a glass-walled exhibition area where you can take in the panoramic views of famous Mt. Rishiri and the entire wetlands. There is also a telescope so you can zoom in for detailed observations of the surrounding environment.

A wooden footpath makes its way from the center through the wetlands with explanations of flowers and plants here and there so you can learn about Sarobetsu Wetland for a more personal experience with nature.

Don't miss the chance to take in the ever-changing seasonal scenery here.