Walking on Drift Ice
Hachigoro Toshima Wetland and the Return of the Stork
The Hachigoro Toshima Wetland is an artificial wetland developed by Hyogo Prefecture and Toyooka City in 2009. This wetland in combination with a marsh, created from abandoned and in-use rice paddies, are part of a reintroduction project for the Oriental White Stork, a Japanese national treasure, which had been extinct in Japan since 1971. Currently there are approximately 50 wild storks in Japan after the artificial breeding program started releasing them in 2005. This reintroduction of storks has brought out a renewed sense of value and culture to people’s lives and is bringing the entire community together in efforts to conserve the wetland. The wetland’s name, “Hachigoro”, was inspired by a stork which stopped in the wetlands while it was under construction, showing that the wetlands were a clean environment ideal for a wild stork. Be sure to head up to the observation tower, which is one of the best places to view the storks and the wetland's beautiful natural landscape.
Walk for 15 minutes from Kinosaki Onsen Station.
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Address: 1362, Kinosakicho Imazu, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture
Airport: Tajima Airport
Tuesdays (If Tuesday is a national holiday, the wetland will be closed the following day), Year-end and New Year holidays