7daysEastern Hokkaido in summer Enjoy the great outdoors, from the Garden Road to the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage site and four national parks
- New Chitose Airport〜Furano, Biei, Asahikawa, On’neyu Onsen, Abashiri, Utoro Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, Kushiro, Obihiro
- Kaze-no Garden Ningle Terrace, Farm Tomita, Shikisai-no-Oka, Asahiyama Zoo, YAMA NO Aquarium, Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum, Shiretoko Five Lakes, Lake Mashu, Kushiro Wetland, Washo Market, Shichiku Garden, Tokachi Hills
1DAYNew Chitose Airport → Furano
Within the grounds of New Furano Prince Hotel is Ningle Terrace, a shopping area surrounded by the forest, where pretty shops can be found in the log houses built there. Throughout each season, more than 300 varieties of flowers bloom in Kaze-no Garden, a small but splendid garden surrounded by verdant tress that's a great place to take a stroll.
■Address／Nakagoryo, Furano-shi ■TEL／+81-167-22-1111
2DAYFurano → On’neyu Onsen
Known as the home of lavender, Farm Tomita boasts some of the largest lavender fields in Japan. Four different varieties are cultivated, each with different characteristics and peak viewing periods. As well as the lavender that blooms in summer, other flowers such as poppies and cosmos bloom from summer through autumn.
■Address／15, Kisenkita, Nakafurano-cho Sorachi-gun ■TEL／+81-167-39-3939 ■http://www.farm-tomita.co.jp/en/
Beautiful fields of flowers that cover the rolling countryside around "the hilly town of Biei." Tulips and other flowers bloom in the expansive 15-hectare grounds throughout the seasons.
■Address／Dai3, Shinsei, Biei-cho Kamikawa-gun ■TEL／+81-166-95-2758 ■http://www.shikisainooka.jp/english/
"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
3DAYOn’neyu Onsen → Lake Abashiri
When you think of an aquarium, a seaside location comes to mind. At first glance, this location at the foot of a mountain in one of Hokkaido's coldest areas may not seem ideal for an aquarium, but was in fact selected with a special purpose in mind. This special aquarium is home to a collection of freshwater fish native to Hokkaido's lakes and rivers, which are extremely rare throughout Japan. The facility has been renovated to take advantage of this cold climate for a world-first -- a "frozen river aquarium tank"! Observing fish swimming below the frozen surface is a very special experience, only found at Onneyu Onsen "Yamano Aquarium".
■Address／1-4, Rubeshibecho Matsuyama, Kitami-shi ■TEL／+81-157-45-2223
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
4DAYLake Abashiri → Utoro Onsen
A World Heritage site, Shiretoko is filled with extremely mystic places. One of those places is the Shiretoko Five Lakes. Why not take a stroll along the relatively flat 3-km boardwalk course around the lakes?
Shiretoko is a region with a high population density of brown bears. Many untouched places can only be accessed by boat, and the cruises are popular due to the high probability of bear sightings while enjoying a cruise in comfort.
5DAYUtoro Onsen → Kushiro
Boasting a degree of transparency ranking next to lake Baikal in Russia. On a clear day, the lovely surface of lake Mashu is a deep blue color which is called Mashu blue.
■Address／Teshikagagenya, Teshikaga-cho Kawakami-gun
The vast Kushiro Wetland through which the Kushiro River and its tributaries flow, is said to be one of the largest in Japan. It is an important breeding ground for many flora and fauna, including the Japanese crane - a special natural monument of Japan - and many other waterfowl.
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.
6DAYKushiro → Obihiro
Canoeing down Kushiro River
The appeal of Kushiro River is that it can be canoed non-stop from its start point at Lake Kussharo all the way to the Pacific Ocean 154 km downstream. As the Kushiro Wetland can be seen even closer from the Kushiro River, canoeing down it provides opportunities to encounter the wildlife that inhabits the wetland, including Japanese cranes, grey herons and sika deer.
Known as the locals' kitchen, Washo Market is a long-established market that was established in 1954 and comprises more than 50 stalls. It is famous for its Kattedon (rice topped with what you like), which customers complete themselves by buying a bowl of white rice and covering it with toppings purchased from the different fishmongers and specialist fish-roe stalls. Souvenirs also available here, as well as fresh fish, dried foods, delicacies and many other products typical of a port town.
■Address／13-25, Kuroganecho, Kushiro-shi ■TEL／+81-154-22-3226
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.
7DAYObihiro → Sapporo
This 59,504-m2 garden has been nurtured for over 20 years by its owner, Akiyo Shichiku, who set about developing it after turning 60.
■Address／Nisi4sen107, Bieicho, Obihiro-shi ■TEL／+81-155-60-2377
Tokachi Hills is one of the gardens on the Hokkaido Garden Path.
Tokachi Hill’s express clearly that their concept is "a theme park of flowers, food and agriculture", they have a family farm on-site and the vegetables grown there are used in the restaurant.
■Address／13-5, Nisshin, Makubetsu-cho Nakagawa-gun ■TEL／+81-155-56-1111 ■http://www.tokachi-hills.jp.e.ne.hp.transer.com
Eastern Hokkaido in summer ROUTE 01 Enjoy the great outdoors, from the Garden Road to the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage site and four national parks
Eastern Hokkaido in summer ROUTE 03 Enjoy the great outdoors, from the Garden Road to the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage site and four national parks
Eastern Hokkaido in winter ROUTE 01 The miracles of nature: Eastern Hokkaido, from the 3-star Road to frolicking in the snow in the Daisetsu Mountains