Lake Saroma, the largest lake in Hokkaido, used to be part of the Okhotsk Sea 1000 years ago. But it was gradually separated from the sea due to sand deposits. On the road from Kitami, we stopped the car and saw a double layer of blue: Lake Saroma and the Sea of Okhotsk behind some beautiful green fields. At a nearby observatory, we enjoyed views of Shiretoko Peninsula to the east, and the complicated inlet of the Monbetsu region to the west. Lake Saroma in September was fresh and gorgeous with clusters of red salicornia here and there along the shore.
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