Eastern Hokkaido of winter
Come and play on the drift ice and dance on the ski slopes.
If you speak of winter, drift ice has to be mentioned.
The sea water of the Sea of Okhotsk mixes with the Amur River which flows north towards the Siberian continent at its estuary and then freezes forming drift ice.
Slowly drifting south, it comes alongside the piers of Monbetsu and Abashiri around the beginning of February closing off access to the sea.
Drift ice was once seen as a nuisance which prevented fishing but nowadays the intense cold which Mother nature creates can be experienced by visiting this spot for sightseeing.
Drift ice-watching cruises on icebreakers have become popular.
The “Garinko” icebreaker departs from Monbetsu port and the “Aurora” departs from Abashiri port, these icebreakers plow through the fields of drift ice which can be as much as 1meter thick with a compelling force.
If you are lucky, you may well come across a seal or a Steller's sea eagle resting on the drift ice.
Eastern Hokkaido of Spring
Spring comes all of a sudden. First and foremost to bloom is Pheasant’s eye, Skunk cabbage gets washed in a babbling brook, Hepatica (of the buttercup family) and Corydalis Rhizome (of the poppy family) can be easily overlooked, many pretty little flowers like these will smile up at the passing traveler. Spring is also the season when wild birds migrate. Migrating birds heading North and birds coming from the South merge for a fleeting moment in eastern Hokkaido. It is also the season when bird watchers from home and abroad converge towards eastern Hokkaido like wild fowl.
Eastern Hokkaido of Summer
In this season, everywhere under the perfectly clear sky is teeming with wildlife from the sea and forests to the lakes and rivers. I want you to experience actively with your whole body the feeling of this natural environment on you summer trip. From trekking in the Shiretoko peninsula to canoeing down the Kushiro River and cruising the Sea of Okhotsk, as well as fishing when the season starts. Eastern Hokkaido is a paradise for anglers, intense fights with White-spotted char or Rainbow trout awaits you.
Eastern Hokkaido of autumn
When it comes to travelling in the autumn, the classic has to be .autumn leaves and a hot spring. In Japan, the earliest appearance of red autumn leaves appear on Mount Asahi in the Daisetsuzan Mountain range and at the base of Sōunkyō which is also famous for its autumn leaves. The red autumn leaves in Shiretoko, Lake Akan and Lake Mashu are splendid, basically the entire area is an ideal spot for viewing Autumn leaves. When it comes to hot springs, they are too numerous to enumerate, some of them include Sounkyo hot spring, Lake Akan hot spring, Kawayu hot spring including Akankoonsen, Tokachigawa Moor hot spring and many […]