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6daysEastern Hokkaido in winter The miracles of nature: Eastern Hokkaido, from the 3-star Road to frolicking in the snow in the Daisetsu Mountains

Route
New Chitose Airport〜Asahikawa, Sounkyo Onsen, Abashiri, Mombetsu, Shiretoko, Utoro Onsen, Kushiro, Tokachigawa Onsen, Lake Shikaribetsu
Spot
  • Asahiyama Zoo, Sounkyo Onsen, Drift-ice icebreaker ship Garinko-go, Lake Saroma, Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum, Abashiri Prison Museum, Oshinkoshin WaterFall, Akan International Crane Center Grus, Fuyu no Shitsugen-go Steam Locomotive, Lake Shikaribetsu
Season
winter
Plan
Route Map
1DAYNew Chitose Airport → Sounkyo Onsen

New Chitose Airport →Asahikawa

 

Asahiyama Zoo

"Welcome!" Step inside this marvelous zoo and enter an amazing world of animals. Penguins soar through the water as if flying, and polar bears dive with a mighty splash! Orangutans display masterful balance and grace on ropes and nets. Wolves howl in the distance. Now nationally famous, Asahiyama Zoo has revolutionized the zoo experience throughout Japan by installing displays to maximize the natural ecology and behavior of each animal. The lively animals create vivid new scenes every day. How about a visit to this very special world?

 

    

■Address/Higashiasahikawacho Kuranuma, Asahikawa-shi ■TEL/+81-166-36-1104 ■http://www5.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp/asahiyamazoo/zoo/top&index/pamphlet/english/top-english.html

 

 

Asahikawa → Sounkyo Onsen

 

Hyobaku (Ice Waterfall) Festival

Winter, when even the waterfalls that flow from the sheer cliffs freeze. The Hyobaku Festival is an event that's representative of winter in Sounkyo. Ice columns, tunnels and domes - sculptures created in their most natural form on the banks of the Ishikari River. In the daytime the natural forms sparkle in the sunlight, at nighttime they're floodlit in a multitude of colors to create a mystical scene.

 

■Address/Sounkyo, Kamikawa-cho Kamikawa-gun ■TEL/+81-1658-2-1811 ■http://www.sounkyo.net/english/

 

Day 1 LodgingSounkyo Onsen

 

2DAYSounkyo Onsen → Abashiri

Sounkyo OnsenMombetsu

Drift-ice icebreaker ship Garinko-go

GARINKO號是日本第一艘流冰觀光破冰船。船如其名,GARIGARI喀哩喀哩擊破流冰的螺旋鑽是其特徵。被擊碎的流冰與海水交織而成的神秘景觀,碎裂流冰從船身浮上的懾人威勢都可在觀光船上體驗到。

 

 

■Address/1, Kaiyokoen, Mombetsu-shi ■TEL/+81-158-24-8000

 

 

Lake Saroma

Lake Saroma is the largest lake in Hokkaido and the third largest in Japan., as well as being the largest brackish-water lake in Japan. The 25-km-long sand spit that separates the lake and sea is a treasure trove of precious flora.

 

 

 

MombetsuAbashiri

Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum

Have you ever touched an ice floe? Or tried spinning a damp towel in subzero temperatures? At the Ryu-hyo (Drift Ice) Museum, visitors can try these and other arctic experiences, even in the middle of summer. The facility is located at the peak of Mt. Tento, about 10 minutes drive from JR Abashiri Station. The Hands-On Drift Ice Terrace is kept at -15 degrees Celsius, and contains actual drift ice. Visitors can touch the drift ice firsthand, or try spinning a damp towel until it freezes solid. You can also meet creatures from the Okhotsk Sea, such as the clione sea angel. The observation terrace provides a breathtaking panorama.

 

■Address/244-3, Tentozan, Abashiri-shi ■TEL/+81-152-43-5951

 

 

Abashiri Prison Museum

Japan's only prison museum. Set over an expansive ground, this facility preserves and displays the prison complex buildings of Abashiri Prison, which was in service since the Meiji Period. Perhaps most impressive is the five-winged radial prison house of five buildings fanned out from a central watch tower. A registered tangible cultural heritage of Japan, this structure is also the oldest wooden prison building in the world. These historical buildings are populated by mannequin inmates so realistic you can almost hear them breathe. Step inside the Abashiri Prison Museum and take a trip back in time. The cafeteria even serves meals based on the actual recipes served to prisoners.

 

    

■Address/1-1, Yobito, Abashiri-shi ■TEL/+81-152-45-2411 ■http://www.kangoku.jp/world/

 

Lodging(Abashiri City)

 

3DAYAbashiri → Utoro Onsen

Abashiri

Drift-ice sightseeing & icebreaker ship Aurora

The most popular means of drift-ice sightseeing is from the icebreaker ship, which cuts through the drift ice with its heavy hull. Experience the dynamic drift ice from the deck, or view in comfort while drinking coffee in the warm observation cabin. You may even see a seal resting on the ice, or a white-tailed- or Steller's sea eagle with a wingspan of up to two meters.

 

■Address/4-5-1, Minami3-johigashi, Abashiri-shi ■TEL/+81-152-43-6000 ■https://www.ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/

 

 

Abashiri →Shiretoko

 

Oshinkoshin WaterFall

It is located along the national highway as one heads from the center of Shari town towards the outskirts of Utoro hot spring.
It is possible to see the sheet of spray surfacing from bare rock and the powerful waterfall falling down at a short distance.

 

 

■Address/Utoronishi, Shari-cho Shari-gun ■TEL/+81-152-22-2125

 

Day 3 LodgingUtoro Onsen

 

4DAYUtoro Onsen → Kushiro

Drift-ice walking

Scenes of drift ice naturally coloring the Sea of Okhotsk are unique to Hokkaido. At first glance, the drift-ice fields look flat but, in fact, overlap and rise up, three dimensionally. If the light conditions are right, you may even see drift ice that's not white, but ice blue.

 

■ADDRESS/284, Utorohigashi, Shari-cho Shari-gun ■TEL/+81-52-22-5522

 

 

Shiretoko →Kushiro

 

Robatayaki

Originating from a restaurant named Robata in Sendai, where locally produced seafood and vegetables were grilled in front of the customers and served on a long rice scoop. The restaurant's second apprentice then open an establishment called Robata in Kushiro. Seafood, freshly caught in the waters off the coast of Kushiro, is grilled and served.

 

 

Day 4 LodgingKushiro City

 

5DAYKushiro → Tokachigawa Onsen

Akan International Crane Center Grus

The town of Akan is known as the birthplace of artificial feeding of Japanese cranes. A display explaining the activities and behavior of the cranes, as well as an image corner and library corner with crane-related literature are established within the center.

 

   

■Address/23-40, Akancho Kamiakan, Kushiro-shi ■TEL/+81-154-66-4011

 

Fuyu no Shitsugen-go Steam Locomotive

Fuyu no Shitsugen-go Steam Locomotive is a traditional part of the winter scenery in the Kushiro Wetland, billowing white smoke as it speeds heroically through the expansive white snowfields.

 

Kushiro station ■TEL/+81-154-24-3176

 

Kushiro → Tokachigawa Onsen

Sairinka

Sairinka - a fantastical light and snow pageant of beauty and color held at nighttime during the Swan Festival, a traditional winter of Tokachigawa Onsen. Colorful LED-filled objects synchronized with music, inviting visitors into a another world.

 

■Address/14tyoume, Tokachigawaonsen Kita, Otofuke-cho Kato-gun ■TEL/+81-155-32-6633 ■http://www.tokachigawa.net/english/

 

Day 5 LodgingTokachigawa Onsen

 

6DAYTokachigawa Onsen → Sapporo

Experience the Tokachigawa morning unryu

In January and February, temperatures in the Tokachi Plain sometimes drop to below minus 15 degrees Celsius for several days on end. On fine days in mid-winter, icy fog occurs in the Tokachi River basin, and the clouds that cover the meandering river seem just like a dragon (unryu = cloud dragon).

 

   

■Address/14tyoume, Tokachigawaonsen Kita, Otofuke-cho Kato-gun ■TEL/+81-155-32-6633 ■http://www.tokachigawa.net

 

 

Tokachi sweets tour

Hokkaido is known for its sweets and Obihiro is particularly famous for its delicious confectionery. That is because the flour, milk, sugar, eggs, beans and other high-quality ingredients used to make the sweets are all produced in Tokachi.

 

   

 

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Lake Shikaribetsu

Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan

The Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan is a fun-filled spot that appears on the frozen lake surface during the severe winter period. Kotan means "village" in the Ainu language, and this village - made out of snow and ice - features an ice bar and outdoor hot bath on the ice, to enable visitors to enjoy the pleasures of living in frozen land.

 

    

■Address/Shikaribetsukohan,Shikaoi-cho Kato-gun ■TEL/+81-156-69-8181

 

 

Ice bar and outdoor bath on the ice

As well as the building itself, the counter and tables of the Ice Bar are also made of ice, as are the glasses. Choose from over 20 kinds of cocktails in this authentic bar, which opens as a cafe during the daytime.

 

    

 

Obihiro station → Sapporo station

 

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