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Chitose River

Chitose River

Chitose River
In this episode, our stage is the city that is home to the New Chitose airport and is known as the Sky’s gateway to Hokkaido, Chitose. The Chitose River, which flows through the city, is well known for its clear streams as well as the salmon that swim upstream. Thanks to the abundance of nature along the stream, the river is also home to a wide variety of birds. In this program, we will witness rare footages of these birds that capture their ecology, and our host Charlotte Kate Fox will also visit a bird watching café in the outskirts of the city to capture the wild birds on camera.

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Explore the Wonders of Chitose River(The Home of Salmon: Chitose Aquarium)

Explore the Wonders of Chitose River(The Home of Salmon: Chitose Aquarium)

An aquarium with the largest fresh water fish tank in Japan that holds 300 tons of water, you can see salmon, masu salmon, as well as rare fish known as the Japanese huchen and the Green sturgeon with a body length of almost 2 meters, along with other fresh water species from all over the world. Fish such as the white-spotted char and the three-spined stickleback are displayed in a water tank that recreates the beautiful under water environment of Lake Shikotsu. The “Under Water Observation Zone” is the first exhibit in Japan that allows visitors to take a direct look into the Chitose River and observe the seasonal creatures in their natural environment. In the autumn, visitors can see schools of salmon swimming upstream to lay their eggs.

【The Home of Salmon: Chitose Aquarium】
2-312 Hanazono, Chitose, Hokkaido, 066-0028
Phone: +81-123-42-3001

Enjoy the Cafe While Observing Wild Birds(The Bird Watching Cafe)

Enjoy the Cafe While Observing Wild Birds(The Bird Watching Cafe)

Watch the wild birds and Eurasian red squirrels while eating and drinking in the café created by wild bird photographer, Tadashi Shimada. In the back of the Café, there is a special hut where visitors can photograph wild birds such as the varied tit, Japanese tit, and the great spotted woodpecker by peeking their camera lens out of the camouflaged net.

【The Bird Watching Cafe】
90-26 Rankoshi, Chitose, Hokkaido, 066-0068
Phone: +81-123-29-3410

Relax While Enjoying the Nature Filled River  (The Chitose River Raft Float)

Relax While Enjoying the Nature Filled River (The Chitose River Raft Float)

Visitors of the Chitose river can find birds such as the common and crested kingfisher as well as fish of various sizes in and along the beautiful river. At the start of summer, an aquatic plant that flourishes in the cold waters called the “water crowfoot” blossoms with white flower petals. The leisurely float takes you down the Chitose river in a raft for approximately 40 minutes. Seniors and children can enjoy this as well.

【Lion Adventure】
1-5-5 Shinsei, Chitose, Hokkaido, 066-0069 (Lion Chitose Base)
Phone: +81-136-43-2882

Access

Access
From Narita or Haneda Airport, it is an hour and a half flight to New Chitose Airport.
From there, it is approximately a 10-minute drive to the Chitose Aquarium.