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…

Rebun-to Island

Rebun-to Island

Summer sees the narrow but attractive island of Rebun-to (礼文島) fill with nature lovers and hikers. Although th…

Rishiri-to Island

Rishiri-to Island

Soya Region’s highest peak soars heavenward, the spectacular Rishiri-to (利尻島) looks like little Mt Fuji floati…

Teuri-to Island

Teuri-to Island

Although it is 4km west of Yagishiri-to, Teuri-to (天売島) plays host to a million seabirds around the scenic coa…

Yagishiri-to Island

Yagishiri-to Island

About 25km northwest of Haboro in Rumoi Region, Yagishiri-to (焼尻島) is something like a remote Scottish island …

Shiretoko Rausu

Shiretoko Rausu

On the east coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, the busy fishing town Rausu (羅臼町) is well-worth visiting for mar…

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…

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 …

Sunflower Town Hokuryu

Sunflower Town Hokuryu

Knowns as Japan’s largest sunflower fields (himawari-batake), this small agricultural town (北竜町) is a popular …