Tobetsu and Sweden Hills

Tobetsu and Sweden Hills

About 20km northeast of Sapporo cross the Ishikari-gawa, the rural town Tobetsu (当別町) is a good place to cycli…

Chippubetsu

Chippubetsu

Northern Sorachi’s small rural town of Chippubetsu (秩父別町), 10km west of Fukagawa, is a good stopover poi…

Hiking and Skiing Asahi-dake

Hiking and Skiing Asahi-dake

About 45km east of Asahikawa, the tiny highland village (at 1050m) of Asahidake Onsen (旭岳温泉) is the base for H…

Western Shiretoko Highlights

Western Shiretoko Highlights

Picturesque lakes, waterfalls, rugged cliffs and onsen, Shiretoko West Coast (知床西海岸) is accessible by public t…

Nukabira Gensenkyo Onsen Village

Nukabira Gensenkyo Onsen Village

Nukabira Gensenkyo (ぬかびら源泉郷) is a tranquil onsen village on the southeastern side of Daisetsuzan National Park…

Shintoku: Gateway of Tokachi

Shintoku: Gateway of Tokachi

The refreshing highland town of Shintoku (新得町) is the main gateway of Tokachi Region and has grown into the ra…

Bifuka and Haruki Murakami

Bifuka and Haruki Murakami

Forestry town Bifuka (美深町) is Japan’s northernmost large-scale rice producing area along Teshio-gawa. Route 27…

Sunflower Town Nayoro

Sunflower Town Nayoro

At the heart of the Nayoro Basin (名寄盆地), this agricultural city makes a good base for several excursions in th…

Minamifurano and Lake Kanayama

Minamifurano and Lake Kanayama

On the south side of the Furano Basin, the modest town of Minamifurano (南富良野町) is dominated by the peaceful ar…