9 Superb Views of Hokkaido You Absolutely Must See [Part 3]

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    8 Superb Views of Hokkaido You Absolutely Must See[Part1]
    8 Superb Views of Hokkaido You Absolutely Must See[Part2]

    Once you have conquered all of the locations introduced in these three articles, you too will be a Hokkaido master!

    Kushiro marsh @Kushiro shi

    Kushiro-shitsugen is the largest marsh in Japan and has been designated as a national park. Japanese cranes come visiting when winter sets in.

    Japanese notation:釧路湿原 @釧路市

    Kamui cape @Shakotan cho

    Kamui is a word that means God in the language of the indigenous Ainu people who lived in Hokkaido. It is a cape that protrudes into the Sea of Japan, and while there is a promenade you can walk on along the ridge to the headland, it may be closed due to strong winds, so checking ahead is necessary.

    Japanese notation:神威岬 @積丹町

    Otaru canal

    Completed in 1923, Otaru Canal is one of the attractions that represents Otaru.
    Otaru Canal is not a traditional canal made by digging out land to create a waterway, but a canal formed between land reclaimed off the coast.
    As a result, the canal forms a gentle curve rather than a straight line. The whole canal is 1140m long, but only the Kitaunga section (40m) remains in its original form.

    Japanese notation:小樽運河 @小樽市

    Akan national park onneto @Ashoro cho

    Onneto is one of Hokkaido’s three largest secret lakes. Because the surface of the lake changes color depending on factors such as the season, point of view and weather, the lake is also known as “Goshikinuma (Five-colored Lake)”
    The lake was created when an eruption of Mount Meakan dammed up the Rawan river.
    The lake is void of fish due to the acidity of the water, but is home to animals such as Ezo salamander and crayfish.

    Japanese notation:阿寒国立公園オンネトー @足寄町

    Wakkanai kohoku breakwater dome @Wakkanai

    A magnificent match-up of 70 columns and Gothic architecture create a breathtakingly beautiful appearance.
    The 427m long robust and airy semi-arched Wakkanai Breakwater Dome is a rare sight in the world, and has been selected as part of Hokkaido’s heritage. Protecting the lives of people from strong winds and rough seas, its very sight conveys feelings of trustworthiness.

    Japanese notation:稚内港北防波堤ドーム @稚内市

    Biei mound @Biei cho

    Scenes that shout “This is Hokkaido!” are found far and wide, with a carefree, peaceful atmosphere.
    It is possible to experience the picturesque scenery seen in many Japanese television commercials and dramas.

    Japanese notation:美瑛の丘 @美瑛町

    Higashimokoto moss phlox @Ozora cho

    A park which boasts the largest number of Shibazakura (phlox) flowers in all of Japan.
    When the flowers greet you in full bloom in May and June, they are so breathtaking, you feel like you are in paradise on Earth.
    Attractions such as night lightups and other events held in conjuction with the full bloom are packed!

    Japanese notation:東藻琴芝桜公園 @大空町

    Soya mound @Wakkanai shi

    It is exhilarating to see huge hay rolls spread out among the hills.
    The scenery you can see changes with the seasons, and it is possible to experience all four seasons in full.
    When you wish to unwind your body and soul, let yourself lose track of time taking a walk through the gentle hills spread out behind Cape Soya, which have been certified as part of Hokkaido’s heritage.

    Japanese notation:宗谷丘陵 @稚内市

    Himawari village @Hokuryu cho

    A carpet of yellow as far as the eye can see.
    The sight of 1,300,000 sunflowers in full bloom spreads out over a vast area that seems to be endless.
    This is certainly the bubbly energy of the Earth itself.
    You would even forget to breathe.

    Japanese notation:ひまわりの里 @北竜町