Nibutani: Heart of Ainu Culture

Nibutani: Heart of Ainu Culture

The small riverside village of Nibutani (二風谷), northern part of Biratori Town (平取町), is a traditional heart of…

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 …

Okushiri-to Island

Okushiri-to Island

Okushiri-to (奥尻島) is Southern Hokkaido’s only inhabited island (84km in circumference) covered with serene bee…

Mint and Valley Town Takinoue

Mint and Valley Town Takinoue

Halfway between Kamikawa (north side of Daisetsuzan National Park) and Monbetsu along the clear stream of Shok…

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 …

Bear and Beach Town Tomamae

Bear and Beach Town Tomamae

The windy town of Tomamae (苫前町) is known for the worst bear attack in Japanese history. In 1915, seven setters…

Obira Herring Hut and Beaches

Obira Herring Hut and Beaches

About 10km north of Rumoi, Obira (小平町) was also once a herring fishing village, and there were underground coa…

Rural Village Rokugo in Furano

Rural Village Rokugo in Furano

Famed for its rural landscapes and as the main setting of the long TV drama series Kita-no-Kuni-kara (北の国から: F…