Hokkaido, the northernmost part of Japan, is famous for ramen, sushi, crab, and many other types of seafood, as well as high quality ski and snowboard slopes.
However, Hokkaido has abundant untouched nature, with many examples of scenery that are beyond imagination. Surrounded by this nature, your everyday fatigue will simply blow away.
At the foot of Asahi-dake, Hokkaido’s tallest mountain, is “Numa-no-daira,” a vast elevated wetland of big and small marshes and ponds.
The middle of September is beautiful with fall colors, and many tourists visit.
Not listed in many travel magazines, this is a superb, surprising spot off the beaten path.
Japanese notation：旭岳、沼の平 @旭川
Kami-no-ko pond, said to have formed when underground water gushed from Lake Mashū.
This is a beautiful pond; its color changes throughout the year according to the season.
With a water temperature around 8 degrees Celsius year-round, fallen trees do not decompose but rather sink like fossils, making for a very unusual sight, just one of its many attractions.
This pond is shallow, at about 5 meters deep, and its emerald green color is very mysterious.
Japanese notation：神の子池 @清里町
Furano, famous across all of Japan for appearing in the television drama “From the North Country.”
Japanese people, upon hearing “Furano,” will immediately think of its lavender fields.
The floating, refreshing purple expanse will sooth every bit of your soul.
Japanese notation：ラベンダー畑 @富良野町
The former Japan National Railways concrete arch Doushubetsu bridge, selected as a Hokkaido heritage site.
This is particularly famous among arched bridges, and is an industrial remnant comparable to Megane Bridge.
The water level of Lake Nukabira that encircles the bridge changes depending on the time of year, showing tourists a different look throughout the year.
December to March, with the bridge sticking out from the frozen lake, gives us a rare scene not seen many other places.
Japanese notation：タウシュベツ橋梁 @上士幌町
Kamuiwakka Falls is a waterfall on the Kamuiwakka River in Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido.
The falls itself is in fact an onsen (hot spring), and is gaining popularity as a noteworthy hidden hot spring.
Japanese notation： カムイワッカ湯の滝 @斜里町
A terrace facility operated by Hoshino Resort Tomamu, directly connected to Tomamu Station.
Here, you can experience a majestic sea of clouds.
With the ability to enjoy a meal while looking out at this sea of clouds, or practice yoga while taking in nature’s power, this is a charming spot.
Japanese notation：雲海テラス @トマム
It is possible to walk up to the very edge of the pond.
Due to the effect of aluminum in this pond, created by a dam, the blue of the water is something almost not of this world.
The coldness of the conifer forest coupled with this blue makes for a cooling experience.
Japanese notation：美瑛の青い池 @美瑛町
Patchwork Road is the road running through the Biei hills.
Both sides of the road spread out through vast farmlands with nothing to interrupt your view. The flowers and crops look as if they were patched together, giving the road its name.
Japanese notation：パッチワークの路 @美瑛町