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Shibetsu River Canoeing (Hokkaido, Japan)


Shibetsu River (標津川) is lined with nice thick trees, insulating the paddler from otherwise well-developed surrounding farmland. The trees along the riverside are home to a plethora of birdlife, including kingfishers and stalks, and the occasional curious deer. That said, the river itself is a rather tortured shadow of its former self. Decades of straightening work has left the lower 20km or so simply one long drainage for the surrounding towns' water purification plants - we were quite often paddling with the distinct aroma of stale greywater. Three awkward portages around weirs or fishing installations are also a drawback of this river. See the full route overview on Hokkaido Wilds:

Price: Free


Category: Parks & Forests

Activities: Fishing

Published: 2020-November-15

Language: English, Japanese

Size: 19.1 MB

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