July 30, 2015

Shinsen Numa Alpine Marshland Boardwalk

Shinsen Numa is one of the highlights of the Niseko Shakotan Otaru Kaigan Quasi National Park. This alpine wetlands area has a pristine and delicate environment dotted with ponds and wildflowers. The area which is buried under meters of snow for half the year comes to life in the spring to reveal as succession of emerging foliage, wild flower displays, and autumn colors before the seasonal snows fly and it returns to its winter slumber.

Boardwalks extending from the visitors center over the wetlands and around the ponds make for easy access. Shinsen Numa is more of a leisurely stroll than a hike and definitely the most relaxed hike on our list.