A January 2002 trip
to Hokkaido by JenniD
Quote: My husband and I loaded up our car with our camping gear and our dog and explored the Northernmost Japanese island for one week.
Also - none of the campgrounds that we stayed at had showers, but Japan is pretty densely populated with Onsens (public hot spring baths) and for ~300-1000 Yen (-10US) you can take a relaxing mineral hot bath and clean yourself up in typically scenic surroundings. They are public baths though, so you will not be alone, although they are (for the most part!) gender segregated. We weren't too big on the onsen scene before this trip, but we forced ourselves to get over our bashfulness and ended up enjoying the experience.
Attraction | "Sharoi Ainu Musuem and Village"
To get there just follow the signs from just about any major intersection in Sharoi to Porotokohan.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 9, 2002
Sharoi Ainu Museum and Village
- Hakodate in the west is like the San Francisco of Japan, complete with street cars and cutesy little neighborhoods lining the steep slopes of the city.
- Lake Toya is a beautiful volcanic lake less than 2 hours from Sapporo with a hopping resort area and some active volcanoes nearby.
- Daisetsuan National Park in the interior has great camping and backpacking opportunities and some beautiful remote hot springs.
- Biei is an artists' town that makes you think you are somewhere in the Alps.
- Akan National Park has some of the clearest and most picturesque lakes I've ever seen.
- The Shiretoke peninsula in the far west is thriving with wildlife and rugged beauty.
- Noboribetsu Onsen is a built up resort area with some interesting geothermal activity and some overpriced, but elaborate, hot spring resorts.
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