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 Hokuryu

Sunflower Town Hokuryu

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

Hiking Uryu-numa Wetland

Hiking Uryu-numa Wetland

Uryu-numa Shitsugen Wetland (雨竜沼湿原: high altitude wetland) is referred to as the ‘heavenly paradise’ that make…

Nakafurano Lavender Gardens

Nakafurano Lavender Gardens

Just 10km north of Furano, Nakafurano (中富良野町) is a dream destination for flower lovers and one of Hokkaido’s t…

Kamifurano Rustic Countryside

Kamifurano Rustic Countryside

On the northern side of the Furano Basin, the agricultural town Kamifurano (上富良野町) is a convenient jumping-off…

Sarobetsu Wetland

Sarobetsu Wetland

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

Fruit Picking in Yoichi and Niki

Fruit Picking in Yoichi and Niki

With many kajuen (果樹園: orchards) scattered the countryside between Yoichi (余市) and Niki (仁木), so you can exper…