Experience a colourful spring in Hokkaido
Come Spring and the flower fields will spring to life and turn vibrant pink from the Pink Moss, imagine having a picnic among the flower fields. It is not all sitting among fields, we will trek, cycle, canoe and capturing all of these fun experiences and picturesque landscapes in our camera! Let's get our cameras and jump right in.
Highlights of the trip
Stay in Sounkyo the area is known for its hotels and onsen
Experience one of the rarest types of onsen in the world, Moor Onsen
Cycle along Lake Saroma, one of the biggest lakes in Japan and biggest in Hokkaido
Taste some of the freshest seafoodwhile in Abashiri
Canoe to search for the wild birds on Lake Abashiri
Kayak, canoe, cycle, fish and trek in Lake Akan
Moss Pink hill in Takinoue
We will start the journey to Sounkyo. Sounkyo the area is known for its hotels and onsen (hot springs) resorts as well as waterfalls and magnificent cliffs scenery. A hot spring resort town in the north of Daisetsuzan National Park. Sounkyo means the layer, cloud, and gorge in Japanese, and in Ainu language, which means "the river with many waterfalls". The Ainu are a people indigenous to Hokkaido, somewhat different from most of the Japanese. You’ll visit two waterfalls before heading over to Takinoue Pink Moss Park, come May to June bright pink carpet of moss phlox flowers fills up the 100,000m2 area!
Moss Pink hill still in Takinoue, it looks like the chairs are waiting for us.
Next we will visit Kami Yubetsu Tulip Park, a spring wonderland filled with over a million colorful tulips including around 200 varieties.
Kami Yubetsu Tulip Park
Tulip field of Kamiyubetsu,
After which we will head over to Abashiri Lake Saroma, the largest lake in Hokkaido known for its beautiful sunsets and mysterious ecosystem mixed with fresh water and sea water. We will cycle along Lake Saroma, highlighting lovely perspectives of lakes, woodlands, and pumpkin fields.
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We will move on to Cape Notoro, a scenic area with open roads and a stylish lighthouse.
Cape Notoro photo by
Abashiri Tourism Association
We will stop by another Pink Moss field, Higashimokoto.
Pink Moss field, Higashimokoto
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We will spend some time in Lake Kussharo of Akan National Park. Enjoy the beautiful caldera lake with various outdoor activities available, such as kayaking, canoeing, cycling, fishing and trekking. You’ll also have a chance to stop by Mt lo, an active volcano that spews clouds of sulphur into the air.
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Take a cruise on Lake Akan,
Then we will make our way to Tokachigawa Onsen, Tits onsen a moor (plant-derived) hot spring and therefore rare, due to its high contents of organic matter and humic acid, it is much more gentle and moisturzing to the skin as compared to the ordinary hot springs. Its excellent skin-moisturizing and smoothing effect can be felt after taking a bath. It is known to be effective for many other ailments too!!
If we have not taken enough flower fields photo, this is one of the last chance, we will spend some time in this rapeseed fields then leave for Sapporo. We will learn how the local food makes its food from their farm.
Rapeseeds fields in Tokachigawa