Hokkaido Salmon Migration.

The annual salmon migration is underway.

Each year the arrival of the Salmon schools migrating back up river to spawn is a sure sign winter is on it’s way in Hokkaido. This annual salmon run (Which happens for most of October) links perfectly with the Autumn leaves and looking at the coloration of the salmon you can see how well nature has designed them to fit into the environment.

Fully grown adults and junior in the viewing tank.

Fully grown adults and junior in the viewing tank.

The high concentration of fish in the viewing tank.

The high concentration of fish in the viewing tank.

One of the best places to see this amazing migration is at the Toyoura Indian water wheel. At this facility there are great viewing tanks and also really good access to the shallow part of the river where you can practically touch the fish.

The viewing riverside is is pretty amazing from an access point of view.

The viewing riverside is is pretty amazing from an access point of view.

The water wheel and holding facility.

The water wheel and holding facility.

Migrating salmon headed for the water wheel.

Migrating salmon headed for the water wheel.

Captured fish on thier way to the holding tanks.

Captured fish on thier way to the holding tanks.

The facility is in place to service a hatchery which endeavours to protect the fish stock by harvesting the eggs from the fish for hatching and release. The natural motion of the water flow turns the wheel that in turn moves the migrating fish to holding tanks for collection and stripping off roe and milt. There is a refurbishment of the onsite rest- house and toilets currently in progress and this facility has great parking as well as an underpass that gives visitors access to the waterwheel and viewing tanks.

Some of the artwork that adorn the underpass walls.

Some of the artwork that adorn the underpass walls.

The under-pass from the carpark to the facility.

The under-pass from the carpark to the facility.

It’s a great little day trip from Niseko (kids love how close you can get to the fish) with a drive through some super picturesque farm land and the option to see the coast which is just a few minutes further on.

If you follow the signs it's nearly impossible to miss the facility.

If you follow the signs it’s nearly impossible to miss the facility.

For more info check out:

http://www.town.toyoura.hokkaido.jp

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