Category: Explore

Onsen Experience in Niseko

After a hard day, getting into onsen (温泉: hot springs) around Niseko ski areas or JR train stations. The Niseko Yumeguri Pass (ニセコ湯めぐりパス: from ¥1470) is valid for up to four day-bathing (higaeri nyuyoku) facilities, it sells at the region’s…

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Kamishihoro Naitai Kogen Farm

Agricultural town Kamishihoro (上士幌町) is beautifully sited on Northern Tokachi. It is a good base for cycling in the nearby picturesque countryside and highlands, as well as organic cafes. Japan’s largest public farm (1700-hectare) on the highland grassy meadow, Naitai…

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Tokachi’s Hidden Marsh Onne-to

Onne-to (オンネトー) is a beautiful cobalt-blue lake at the foot of Meakan-dake surrounded by forest, you can hike a lakeside circumference trail take an hour. There is also a 1.6km-long trail between Nonaka Onsen and Onne-to. A 40-minute return walk…

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Lake Akan and Akanko Onsen

In the western part of Akan-Mashu National Park, Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉 area is Eastern Hokkaido’s classic tourist destination that has picturesque lakes, coniferous forest, volcanic mountains, pleasant onsen and the lakeside Ainu kotan (village). The triangle-shaped Akan-ko (阿寒湖: meaning unshakable…

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Lake Furen and Shunkunitai Sandbank

The 59-sq-km lagoon Furen-ko (風蓮湖) is the natural highlight of Nemuro, providing sanctuary for 330 species of birds, including sea eagles, whooper swans and tancho (Japanese crane). Furen-ko is surrounded by pine forests, wetlands and dunes. Shunkunitai (春国岱) Located about…

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