How to get to Kushiro
Kushiro Airport is located outside the city and is accessible by direct flight from Tokyo's Haneda Airport, Osaka's Kansai Airport and Sapporo's Shin-Chitose and Okadama airports. A bus runs from the airport to the city center (50 minutes, 940 yen).
Kushiro is accessible from Sapporo by direct JR Super Ozora Limited Express. The one way trip takes four hours, costs about 9000 yen and is fully covered by both the Japan Rail Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass. Special round trip tickets (known as R-Kippu), are available for around 16,500 yen.
There are daytime and overnight highway buses between Sapporo to Kushiro (6 hours, 5770 yen). Online reservations can be made through Japan Bus Online and kosokubus.com.
Kushiro is located on Route 38 and is approximately six hours from Sapporo. Take the expressway from Sapporo to Yubari via Chitose. From Yubari take Route 274 east for about 90 km until it connects with Route 38 at Shimizu. Kushiro is approximately 150 km along Route 38 from Shimizu via Obihiro.
How to get around the national park
A rental car is the easiest way to get around the park as public transportation is limited and infrequent. Rental outlets are available at Kushiro Airport and in the city center. It is possible to reach most of Kushiro's sites by public transportation, although a few, such as the Otowa Bridge roosting area, can only be reached by car.
To the Tancho Observation Center
There are 4 to 5 buses per day that run from Kushiro Station to Kushiro Airport (40 minutes, 940 yen), the Tancho Observation Center/Akan International Crane Center (65 minutes, 1450 yen) and continue on to Lake Akan (2 hours, 2700 yen).
To Tsurumidai and the Tsurui Ito Tancho Sanctuary
There are 4 to 7 buses per day from Kushiro Station to the Kushiro Shitsugen Viewpoint (35 minutes, 680 yen), Tsurumidai (50 minutes, 1000 yen) and Tsurui Village (1 hour, 1250 yen). The Tsurui Ito Tancho Sanctuary is located in Tsurui Village and is a 15 minute walk from the bus stop.
To Hosooka Viewpoint
The JR Senmo line runs from Kushiro Station to Kushiro Shitsugen Station (20 minutes, 360 yen) and continues on to Akan National Park and Abashiri. The Hosooka Viewpoint is a five to ten minute walk from the station up the hill past the parking lot.