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 …

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…

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…

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 Nisek…

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 f…