Our journey in Hokkaido is suggested in Summer, as much of Hokkaido transforms into vivid green and is the season of harvest for much of Hokkaido’s amazing food produce and seafood. Many do visit the southern areas of Hokkaido, however we do find these areas in the north east, does offer an amazing wildness experience, coupled with stunning hikes, sublime cuisine and lovely summer weather.
Your journey begins in Asahikawa, where you can easily get to by flight after connecting in Tokyo before driving into the Daisetsuzan Mountain range to Kamikawa. Aptly named ‘Daisetsuzan’, meaning ‘Great Snowy Mountains’, this extraordinary national park features a number of towering snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, burbling rivers, and vast expanses of primeval forest teeming with rare and exotic wildlife. You will find hiking trails to suit any level of fitness from trails that traverse the length of the park. Another amazing experience while in Kamikawa is the cuisine at Fratello di Mikuni, who use fresh Hokkaido produce cooked with Italian and French cuisine.
We then move towards the north east, driving through pristine forest, where there might be a chance to spot bears, as we head to the Shiretoko Peninsula. It is said to be the last unexplored region of Japan and consists of steep mountain peaks covered with virgin forests. This pocket of nature, a UNESCO World Heritage since 2005, is also known as the “waterfall kingdom” and hosts an impressive range of waterfalls. The park is home to the red fox, sika deer and Ussuri brown bear, while sea eagles, seals and whales can be spotted in the waves by boarding a sightseeing boats. For the more adventurous, we would suggest hiking Mt Rausu!
After all your hikes, we end your journey on the shore of Lake Kussharo.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
This property/restaurant offers Hokkaido cuisine made with ingredients gathered from various places within Hokkaido, but centered on Kamikawa. There are four villas on the property. Take in a stunning view of the majestic peaks of the Daisetsuzan mountains, and see a sky full of stars at night. This project was started to show the world the magnificent scenery of the Daisetsuzan mountains and the heart of our farmers.
The hotel set amidst the abundant nature of Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage Site. Here, our visitors will enjoy the ultimate resort atmosphere, with dining featuring vibrant seafood and local ingredients, and luxuriant, all-natural hot spring baths -- all framed by limitless panoramic views of the majestic Sea of Okhotsk.
The Japanese character , pronounced sora, refers to the sky when the sun is at its highest point on a summer’s day. Tsuruga Auberge SoRa is situated in the perfect environment on the shores of Lake Kussharo to enjoy this magnificent summer sky of Hokkaido. This boutique lodge-inspired accommodation offers healthy French cuisine made with local produce from Hokkaido and two exclusive guest suites.