Hokkaido North East 9 Day
Tour. 1,290 km. Daisetsuzan, Shiretoko and Lake Akan National
Note: Campgrounds will be open from May to September.
Roadside service areas are open all year.
drive with caution. Severe ( snow, ice and strong wind ) weather
conditions in autumn, winter and spring. Be aware of wildlife
(deer, bear and fox ) on road.
Starting from Chitose
Airport or Sapporo head north towards Asahikawa city and
Daisetsuzan volcanic national park. About 2 hours drive is the
town of Biei at the foot hills of Tokachidake Mountain Range.
During spring the surrounding area has fields of colourful
flowers such as lavenders, sunflowers, poppies, cosmoses and
Full featured camping and hot spring bath
Higashikagura Auto Camp.
Free camping at
roadside rest area with hot spring bath house.
Daisetsuzan national park is Japan’s biggest by area and
contains the tallest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt Asahidake. This
2,290 meter high active volcano has a 2 km wide caldera and is
accessible by the Asahidake Ropeway. There are spectacular views
at the top and moderate to difficult trails up to 2 hours hiking
from the top ropeway station. The ropeway operates all year but
be aware of changing alpine weather conditions.
Hagoromono Falls ( Angels Dance ) cascade 270 meters.
Stay at nearby autocamp or free parking area for a second night.
Driving north and then to
the eastern side of Daisetsuzan along Route 39 for 1 hour you
will come to Sounkyo Gorge and hot spring resort. The road has
towering cliff along the side with impressive water falls Ryusei
Falls (shooting star falls) and Ginga Falls (Milky Way falls).
From here you can take the Sounkyo Ropeway to the Kuro-dake Lift
to 1,700 meters and view Daisetsuzan Mountain Range again.
crossing the mountain pass continue along Route 39 towards
Kitami city. Stop for the evening after 2 hour of driving.
Onneyu Roadside Station.
Nearby Hotspring Bath.
( See Hokkaido Red Fox ).
Phone: 0 157-45-2249
Continue 2 hours on through Kitami to Lake Akan and its
primeval forest. It is famous for Marimo (moss balls) and
sockeye salmon. As it is in the volcanic region, hot springs
bubble up along the lakeshore. You can take a boat to Chuurui
Island. Near the hot spring town, there is the largest Ainu
Kotan (village) in Hokkaido. Ainu are the indigenous people of
At the gate is a wood
carving of 2 Ainu men and a big owl. Bears, eagles and owls are
the god of the mountain for Ainu people. There are 2 museums
where traditional Ainu dance is performed and you can learn of
the culture and see artefacts.
A short drive 40 minute drive away is Lake Masshu. Due to
high cliff the lake is only viewable from the top. The water is
the clearest in the world at 42 meter underwater visibility and
gives a mysterious blue colour.
Lake Kussharo. Another 30
minute drive will take you down into the ancient forest
surrounding the caldera lake. Enjoy canoeing, fishing or hiking.
At Wakoto Peninsula steam still vents from the lake shore and
there are natural hot spring bath in the forest.
Stay at full featured camp ground and nearby hot spring
service area with hot spring bath house,
Take Route 391 past Shari city
and then 334 to Utoro city. The gateway to Shiretoko National
Park. Make a brief stop on this 2 hour drive at the impressive
ocean side water fall named Oshinkoshin Falls.
Shiretoko National Park a short drive past Utoro and see wild
deer, bears and eagles. This last wilderness has mountain
dropping into the sea and many water fall. Go for a 1 hour walk
around Shiretoko-Goko lakes. ( Do not drive along the gravel
road past 5 lakes in the camper. Very narrow and low trees ).
Full feature camping with nearby hot spring bath house.
National Foundation Camp Site
camping with nearby hot spring bath house.
Shirietoku Roadside Service Area.
Utoroonsen Yuhidai Hot Spring
It is a short 45 minute
scenic drive across the mountain pass to Rausu. Stop at the top
for view of Kunashiri Island ( now Russian territory ). 30
minute drive along the coast from Rausu is Seseki Onsen open hot
spring bath. Sit in the ocean as hot water bubbles up around
Head back through Rausu and south along the coast
road Route 335 for 1 hour. After passing through remote fishing
villages you will come to Cape Notsuke. This 28 km sand bank
arches into Nemuro Strait and is only 16 km from Russian
The cape surounds marshland that is supports
many birdlife including the extremely rare Red Crown Crane or
Tancho. Wild deer also roam the salt and wind bent forest land
on the peninsular.
Notsuke Penisular Nature Centre
Full featured campground.
Odaitofureai Camping Ground
camping at roadside rest area.
Odaito Roaside Service
Continue 2 hours south along
the coast towards Nemuro city and Cape Nosappu. Stop by
Shunkunitai, a long and narrow sandbank which lies between the
Sea of Okhotsk and Lake Furen. There is boardwalk for viewing
seashores, grasslands, marshes, forests and mudflats.
Nemuro City Shunkunitai Primeval Wild Bird Park Nature Center
After visiting Nemuro city it
is just 30 minutes to the most Eastern point of Japan, Cape
Nosappu. Stay here overnight and be the first in Japan to watch
the sunrise. On the cape is the oldest lighthouse in Hokkaido,
built in 1872. There is also a 90 meter high observation deck
called peace tower with sweeping views. Try local seafood from
market in the area and Hanasaki-gani, a small unusual shaped
Cape Nosappu, Sasagawa Memorial Peace Tower
bathing facility are limited in this area but parking overnight
in the car park is no problem and there are public toilets. For
campsite and bathhouse it is a 1 hour 40 minute drive west along
Route 44 at Cape Kiritappu.
Kiritappu Hot Spring Bath House
Continue on Route 44
through Kushiro city on Route 38 to HIroo city. This 3.5 hour
drive follows the coast and you will see many dairy farms along
Full featured camping.
Seaside Park Hiroo
Free roadside side service area with hot spring bath house
in Taiki city.
Churui Roadside Station
Follow coast road Route 336 to Cape Erimosaki. It’s about a
40 minute scenic drive. Stop at Meguro fishing village along the
way and in the river you may see Pacific Salmon spawning. It is
possible to fish here too if you have the equipment.
Erimo is on the southern tip of the Hidaka mountains and there
are 60 meter high cliff into the ocean. The rocks extend several
kilometres out to sea and there are seal colony.
one of the windiest places in Japan and there is a wind museum
where you can experience wind of 25 meter per second.
Cape Erimo Wind Museum
You may decide to stay closer to the cape instead of Hiroo city
at this campground.
Hyakuninhama Auto Camping Ground
Continue north west along Route 336 and then Route
235 towards Tomakomai and Chitose airport. This 3 hour coastal
journey will take you through fishing villages and surf beach.
Stop and eat freshly caught seafood including “ Uni “, sea
urchin sashimi which is a Japanese delicacy.
Seaside Park is an ideal resting point or if doing this journey
in reverse is a good place to stay on the first night as it is
only 2 hours from Chitose.
Roadside station with hot
spring bath house,
Full feature camping,
Mitsuishi Seaside Park Auto Camping
Reflect on an amazing journey and share the
experience with you friends.
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