Uryunuma Marsh, the paradise of alpine plants
Uryunuma Marsh is located in the Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri semi-National Park(暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園), the northwest of Hokkaido, the foot of Mt.Minami-Shokanbetsu-Dake(南暑寒別岳). This is one of the most famous marsh for alpine plants in Japan.
To the gate park, the entrance of Mt.Minami-Shokanbetsu-Dake and Uryunuma marsh, it takes 50 minutes from Uryu town by car. No buses or public transportation.
There are a park office and a mountain lodge in the gate park. You should stay at the mountain lodge if you try to mount Mt.Minami-Shokanbetsu-Dake in the early morning that takes 7 hours from the gate park for round-trip. You have to pay 500 yen per person for climbing as keeping the protection of the environment at the office. Under high school student, it is free.
To Uryunuma marsh, it takes 2 hours and another 30 minutes to the observation hill from the marsh. And more 1 hour and 15 minutes from the observation hill to the top of Mt.Minami-Shokanbetsu-Dake.
You will see Mt.Shokanbetsu-Dake in front of Mt.Minami-Shokanbetsu-Dake, where it takes another 2 hours and 30 minutes from there. So most peoples return here to the gate park that you started.
This is the first bridge, just starting for climbing. The road is still wide and easy walking.
left:Mt.Minami-Shokanbetsu-Dake, right: Mt.Shokanbetsu-Dake.
Uryunuma Marsh is about 850 meters hight. This is the real paradise.