Nature-rich Fishing Town Akkeshi

Nature-rich Fishing Town Akkeshi

Halfway between Kushiro and Nemuro, the serenely coastal town of Akkeshi (厚岸町) is designated as a prefectural natural park. This…

Lake Toya Ring Road

Lake Toya Ring Road

Toya-ko Gurutto Chokoku Koen (洞爺湖ぐるっと彫刻公園), a 43km lakeside circumference road, offers scenic views, pleasant campsites, tiny shrines and 58 sculptures.…

Hokkaido’s Largest Lake Saroma-ko

Hokkaido’s Largest Lake Saroma-ko

Limitless and spread out, Saroma-ko (サロマ湖) is Hokkaido’s largest lake (152-sq-km) as well as Japan’s largest lagoon connected with the…

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 transport from Shari throughout the…

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. It is a good…

Tokachi Coast Off-the-beaten-track

Tokachi Coast Off-the-beaten-track

The greatly-curved Tokachi Coast (十勝海岸) along the Pacific Ocean is quiet and off-the-beaten-track, stretched out from Hiroo to Urahoro, dotted…

Nordic-style Artificial Lake Shumarinai

Nordic-style Artificial Lake Shumarinai

Something like a Scandinavian Lake District, Shumarinai-ko (朱鞠内湖) was created in 1943 by the building of Uryu Dai-ichi Dam (雨竜第一ダム)…

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 artificial…

Lake Mashu and Viewpoints

Lake Mashu and Viewpoints

There are no rivers flowing into or from the caldera lake, Mashu-ko (摩周湖) is up to 211m deep and once…

Lake Akan and Akanko Onsen

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…

Lake Furen and Shunkunitai Sandbank

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…

Sarobetsu Wetland

Sarobetsu Wetland

A vast stretch of Sarobetsu (サロベツ) dotted with wetlands, quiet marshes, sandy beaches and peaceful dairy farms. Colorful and lovely…

Lake Shikaribetsu and Igloo Ice Village

Lake Shikaribetsu and Igloo Ice Village

Daisetsuzan National Park’s only natural lake, Shikaribetsu-ko (然別湖) feels isolated and mysterious destination. Winter visitors marvel at its ice village…