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 floating in the sea. Many…

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 coastal cliffs.…

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 marine life,…

Nature-rich Fishing Town Akkeshi

Nature-rich Fishing Town Akkeshi

Halfway between Kushiro and Nemuro, the serenely coastal town of Akkeshi (厚岸町) is designated as a prefectural natural park. This…

Northern Otaru Nature and History

Northern Otaru Nature and History

Northern Otaru is a historical fishing town with scenic coastlines. Frequent Chuo Bus 10 (via Takashima: 高島経由) and 11 (via…

Tomakomai’s Pleasant Landscapes

Tomakomai’s Pleasant Landscapes

The coastal industrial city of Tomakomai (苫小牧市) has one of Japan’s vital commercial ports facing the Pacific Ocean. A number…

Monbetsu Gakiya Zone

Monbetsu Gakiya Zone

About 3km south of the city center, this waterfront district (ガリヤゾーン) has an ice breaker pier, a beach (mid Jul-mid…

Western Shiretoko Highlights

Western Shiretoko Highlights

Picturesque lakes, waterfalls, rugged cliffs and onsen, Shiretoko West Coast (知床西海岸) is accessible by public transport from Shari throughout the…

Nukabira Gensenkyo Onsen Village

Nukabira Gensenkyo Onsen Village

Nukabira Gensenkyo (ぬかびら源泉郷) is a tranquil onsen village on the southeastern side of Daisetsuzan National Park. It is a good…

Bibai’s Nature and History

Bibai’s Nature and History

Sometimes called ‘Beautiful Songs Town’ or ‘Viva Bibai!’, Bibai (美唄市) was once Hokkaido’s second largest coal mining city sits halfway…

Nemuro Footpaths

Nemuro Footpaths

Along JR Nemuro Line there are several trails known as Nemuro Footpaths (根室フットパス) with very well signposted. The tourist office…

Lake Akan and Akanko Onsen

Lake Akan and Akanko Onsen

In the western part of Akan-Mashu National Park, Akanko Onsen (阿寒湖温泉 area is Eastern Hokkaido’s classic tourist destination that has…

Lake Furen and Shunkunitai Sandbank

Lake Furen and Shunkunitai Sandbank

The 59-sq-km lagoon Furen-ko (風蓮湖) is the natural highlight of Nemuro, providing sanctuary for 330 species of birds, including sea…