Akkeshi Bay, Arctic Iris and Horses (Picture Book)
July 14, 2011 by sevenbrane
Verdant coastline at Ayamegahara
On our Hokkaido trip, we also visited the sleepy fishing town of Akkeshi
(厚岸), reachable by train from Kushiro. The train slowly makes its way on a single track through untouched nature towards the town, once in a while scaring a deer or a fox.
Rocks and undercurrents
Apart from the oysters which are farmed in the bay, in this season the bloom of the Arctic Iris
is an attraction. The iris can be found at Ayame-ga-hara
(アヤメケ原), directly on the steep coast. The view of the undulating verdant coast is beautiful from there.
Not only the delicate arctic iris, also lots of other wildflowers are growing there. Horses are grazing in the iris-strewn pastures.
Dosanko or not?
Even though it is claimed that they are Dosanko
horses, a native breed of Hokkaido which goes back to horses which were brought by Korean fishermen in the 15th century, I have my doubts on that since they were rather to big to fit the description.
Horse with a view
The pleasant temperatures, fresh air and lush green of Eastern Hokkaido along with the calmness and emptiness make it an ideal place for relaxation.
A lovely coast
Unfortunately also for Akkeshi and surroundings, it holds true that a rented car would be best to get around, if one doesn’t want to rely on the very sparse bus service and expensive taxis.
Sleepy fishing town