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Never been to Hokkaido- where should I go and would you like to join me? :)
Posted January 14th, 2013 - 7:01 pm by from Brighton, England (Permalink)
Hello everybody!

I'm Kat from England. I am coming to Japan in March and will be travelling up to Hokkaido in May. I know that ages away but I wanted to ask you guys what you think I should get up to while I'm up there!

I am spending two weeks working in a hostel in Otaru and then I will have about 9 days to explore.

I like natural wonders and beauty like animal watching or camping. I'm not really a city person.

I definately want to make the trip up to Rebun-to island to do the hike and stay at the crazy hostel, Momoiwaso!
Apparently the island is full of wildflowers at that time of year. So if anyone would like to join me for that it'd be cool! (Not a major hiker but up for it anyway!)

So if anyone has any ideas of interesting things to do this May/June let me know!

Thanks guys ^_^

Posted January 30th, 2013 - 2:20 am by from Te Anau, New Zealand (Permalink)
Hi There
There so many great places here in Hokkaido to check out and I'm not going to list them all but one place that I think is really worth mentioning is not so well known yet is the wetlands of Kiritappu in Eastern Hokkaido on the coast.
If you click the link below you will find a short write up I did on my blog and you will also find some links to sites that have good information on the area.
http://hioc.blogspot.jp/2013/01/kiritappu-wetland-trip.html

Here are a couple other good place that you might be interested that might suit you.

Lake Utonai bird Sanctuary
http://www.wbsj.org/en/utonai/lake_utonai.html

Uyru-numa-shitsugen (wetland)
http://www.sizenken.biodic.go.jp/pc/wet_en/41/41.html

Hope this info helps and take you somewhere that you will enjoy.

Leon


Posted January 30th, 2013 - 2:54 am by from Te Anau, New Zealand (Permalink)
Sorry I made a mistake with Uyru-numa-shitsugen (wetland).
The roads to access there will most likely be closed until June or mid June.
Road access can be a big problem in Hokkaido in May and early June because of all the snow that fell over the winter. Place do not clear the roads until mid May or even mid June. Of course this changes year by year depending on how much snow fell the last winter and hoe hot the spring is.

Here are a couple more places that you should have any problems with road access.

Blue Lake
http://www.tokyotimes.com/post/en/1303/Hokkaido+1+-+Blue+lake.html

Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo and Lake Akan
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/exotic/JapanesQue/1106/hokkaido.html
Lake Kussharo and lake Mashu are by favorite and on lake Kussharo there is a great campsite called 'Sunayu' with a hot water beach where you can dig into the sand and make your on onsen (hot spring)around kussharo at a place called 'Wakoto peninsula'. There is a great nature walk that is not difficult at all and has a couple of small onsen pools
Nearly all the onsens around lake Kussharo are free.

Good luck !

Leon