Hokkaido Journals

Hokkaido Road Trip

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.

Hokkaido Road Trip

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Overview

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There are some great hiking and wilderness opportunies on the island, and it is very different from anything else in Japan. The whole island seems to be seething from the inside - everywhere you go you find hissing steaming mountains (Akan National Park, Noboribetsu, Toya), bubbling sulphur lakes (Noboribetsu) and hot springs (all over!) and bubbling mud pits (Lake Akan). This is truly a unique region of Japan and there is a lot to see and do, especially if you enjoy getting out in nature. Quick Tips: We made this a camping trip to keep the price down. We also wanted to take our dog with us. We are currently living and working in Japan, so we had our own car already and we used the ferr...Read More

Sharoi Ainu Museum and Village

Attraction | "Sharoi Ainu Musuem and Village"

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A very interesting and well presented museum and recreated village dedicated to the culture of the Ainu. The Ainu are the original inhabitants of Hokkaido and this museum does an excellent job of presenting the Ainu way of life and belief system. Most of the displays have English language captions and there is a reconstructed village with houses built in the traditional Ainu fashion (thatched roofs and bamboo walls).

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
Sharoi Town
Hokkaido, Japan

Highlights

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Story/Tip

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There are many things to see, and a lot of ground to cover but a few of the highlights were : - 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 se...Read More