Eastern Hokkaido of autumn
Autumn leaves dyed red, Relaxing in a hot spring.
When it comes to autumn travel, autumn leaves and hot springs are considered as one for many Japanese people.
From north to south, Japan is long and narrow, and the arrival of red autumn leaves begin earliest on the highest peak of Mount Asahi in the Daisetsuzan Mountain range which is at the highest latitude and altitude.
The summit changes color with the arrival of September, gradually turning red as they go down to the foot of the mountain becoming more sensational with an overwhelming scale, the whole form of the mountain changes.
Spreading out from the base of Sounkyo and Tenninkyo are also famous places for beautiful red autumn leaves.
Furthermore, the autumn leaves in the forests surrounding lake Akan, lake Mashu and lake Kusharo are also beautiful, the raw beauty of the autumn leaves on the Shiretoko mountain range is even more accentuated.
In short, nature rich eastern Hokkaido in its entirety is the spot for viewing autumn leaves.
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 winter
Speaking of winter, drift ice. You will be able to experience the intense coldness of Mother nature, board an icebreaker and experience the compelling force on a drift ice cruise. In inland areas, on very sunny cold mornings it may be possible to see diamond dust (ground-level cloud composed of tiny ice crystals) or sun pillars (reflections of light from numerous tiny ice crystals). Furano Ski Resort, backcountry skiing in Mount Asahi and Mount Kuro are courses which skiers dream about. Many travelers believe in going to winter resorts in the winter season, winter may just be the season to enjoy eastern Hokkaido at its most typical.