Spring in Eastern Hokkaido
Snowy peaks and colorful flowers create a spectacular spring backdrop for Eastern Hokkaido.
Although March marks the beginning of the cherry blossom season in Tokyo, “spring” comes a little later in the north. At the start of March, Eastern Hokkaido is still covered in white, perfect for those who want to see and touch snow. It’s not until the end of the month, that the temperature begins to rise and the meter-thick ice on the lakes starts to melt. Looking at the snow-covered mountains, you would still think it was winter, but walking around with the sun shining in the flatlands feels very much like spring.
Around mid-April, skunk cabbage begins to bloom, followed by numerous flowers in May. The spectacle of various elegant flowers seems almost as if the flowers are competing with one another in a beauty contest.
The various native flowers such as corydalis, windflowers, hill cherries and magnolias alone are worth a visit. The stunning display of hills covered in pink moss, an iconic scene of Eastern Hokkaido, can be seen in Takinoue and Higashimokoto from mid-May.
One of the most unforgettable images of Eastern Hokkaido is the Tulip Park in Kamiyubetsu. Fields are covered with various colors of tulips, attracting visitors from all across the world. Even in late May, when all of the flowers are in full bloom, snow is still visible on the mountaintops of Shiretoko. The contrast between the vivid green leaves and the white snowy peaks can be seen around the Shiretoko Five Lakes. This beautiful scenery is unique to Eastern Hokkaido, making it one of the best spring destinations.