Sounkyo Onsen and Kuro-dake

Sounkyo Onsen and Kuro-dake

Set on the upper stream of Ishikari-gawa in the northeastern part of Daisetsuzan National Park, Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) is Northern…

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 Hokkaido’s…

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 the…

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…

Onsen Experience in 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…

Skiing and Snowboarding in Niseko

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…

Takino Suzuran Hillside Park

Takino Suzuran Hillside Park

About 20km south of Sapporo Station, the city’s largest recreation park (国営滝野すずらん丘陵公園) is a great playground for kids. The pleasant…

Climbing and Skiing Moiwa-yama

Climbing and Skiing Moiwa-yama

Moiwa-yama (531m), just 5km southwest of the city center along the tramline, offering breathtaking views over Sapporo, especially after dark.…