Category: Otaru & Niseko

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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Explore the Rural Village Makkari

Halfway between Niseko and Rusutsu, the pretty rural village of Makkari (真狩) offers a photogenic view of Yotei-zan from the center and its surrounding, located just southern foot of the mountain. This village is best explored on two wheels, hire…

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Mineral Water Park in Kyogoku

An easily accessible place from Kutchan, the rural town of Kyogoku (京極) is famous for its mineral water (名水: meisui) springing from Yotei-zan. Surprisingly about 800,000 tourists come to Kyogoku for drinking water each year. Fukidashi Park (ふきだし公園) Near the…

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Skiing and Snowboarding in Niseko

Niseko (ニセコ: 新雪谷) is Japan’s most dynamically changing ski resort, modern buildings, restaurants and bars are rising day by day – along with prices. International skiers and snowboarders admire its best powder snow in the world. The ski area sprawls…

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Shakotan Peninsula West Coast

Perhaps the Shakotan Peninsula’s scenic west coast (積丹西海岸) is less popular than the east coast, however you will find scenic coasts, dramatic cliffs, historic heritages and abandoned old roads along Route 229. This coast is easily accessible by bus or…

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