Chitose River is a popular spot for observing salmon swimming upstream. Chitose Aquarium (closed during mid- to end of February) located in the vicinity has huge water tanks and in those tanks freshwater fish of the northern region including salmon swim about freely, pleasing the eyes of the visitors. At the “Underwater Observation Zone” which is the first ever facility of this kind in Japan and which allows visitors to directly see the underwater of Chitose River, salmon swimming up the river can be closely observed during the swim-up season from September to early November. With luck, opportunity may arise to see salmon laying eggs.
Salmon hatched in Chitose River and returned to lay eggs are caught with an Indian Waterwheel which is placed in the river only in autumn for artificial hatching and the scene of catching salmon is becoming a common feature of Chitose River in the autumn. The Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Rest Areas) built adjacent to the aquarium, “Salmon Park Chitose”, offers chances to enjoy gourmet food and shopping.
MAPCODE: 113 889 676?
Address: Salmon Park,2-312,Hanazono,Chitose City