Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido

Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Changi Airport Terminal 1

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Highlights

This trip to Eastern Hokkaido has it all, the flower fields, vast marshlands, serene lakes, active volcanoes, wild whales, brown Bears, and more.  All the while eating the local delicacies from the land and sea.  There are many wonderful places in Hokkaido that are remotely far flung and therefore very hard to reach with public transport, and so I thought to gather a few people and visit this wonderful places together.  So let's go!!

The highlights of this trip are

- Hike Kushiro Marshland was designated as a national park in 1987 in order to preserve the country's largest wetland and marsh habitat
- See the killer whales and the brown Bears Shiretoko a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- See the 5 beautiful lakes of Shiretoko
- Visit Lake Akan a beautiful crater lake
- See the spectacular view of Lake Kussharo
- Taste some of the freshest, most delicious seafood in Japan in Abashiri
- Visit Furano a town famous for its flower fields, particularly lavender

Furano is a town famous for flower fields, particularly lavender. Let's stroll through the fields, take pictures and enjoy the great scenery.  Besides lavender, poppies, lilies and sunflowers also grow. We will visit the bright fields of yellow rapeseed flowers.
Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanRapeseeds flower field in Furano

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanLavender flower fields in Furano, photo by Chi King licensed under CC BY 2.0

After the flowers, lets get close to the wildlife atKushiro Marshland.Kushiro Marshland was designated as a national park in 1987 in order to preserve the country's largest wetland and marsh habitat which supports the only known population of endangered Japanese Cranes in Japan.  It is possible to see Japanese Cranes year round.  Let's see how lucky we are at spotting this elegant birds.

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanA deer seen wondering in Kushiro Marshland, photo by kam-kankouken

We will proceed to Rausu,op on to a cruise there to see the wildlife of the sea, such as killer whales. Enjoy free hot springs in Rausu Kuma-no-yu, Seseki Hot Spring.  Then hop on to another cruise towatch the large wild Brown Bears of Hokkaido in their natural habitat.

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanOrcas seen inShiretoko, photo by Best of Hokkaido Nature and Guide

Sperm whales and baird's beaked whales are often seen in the waters of Shiretoko, and minke whales pay a visit in spring and summer.

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanSpotted Brown Bears family seen in Shiretoko cruise, photo by Japan Guide

Then we will move inland of Shiretoko to see the 5 beautiful lakes of the land, a location you need special permission to enter in order to protect the nature.

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanShiretoko Goko Lakes, photo by Mr Hicks46 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Another view of Shiretoko Goko Lakes, photo by method.cosmo licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Another view of Shiretoko Goko Lakes, photo by method.cosmo licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Lake Akan is a beautiful crater lake in Akan Mashu National Park. It is home to marimo, a rare algae species that forms itself into beautiful green balls. Left alone for a few centuries, Lake Akan's marimo can reach the size of soccer balls. The algae have been designated a National Special Natural Monument.

Meet the wildlife and walk the flower fields - Eastern Hokkaido starting at Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanMarimo balls analgae ball seen in Lake Akan, amysterious spherical life forms. Photo by Explorer the Wonderland of East Hokkaido

A marimo is a rare growth form of the species in which the algae grow into large green balls with a velvety appearance. Colonies of such balls are known to form in Iceland, Scotland, Japan, Estonia and recently in Australia.

We will head over to Abashiri, see the spectacular view of Lake Kussharo from Mt. Bihoro. Lake Kussharo is a beautiful caldera lake.

We can enjoy several free outdoor hot spring baths located along the lake's shores.  While in Abashiri, let's visit the Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum located at the highest point of Mt. Tento-zan. The exhibition hall has a temperature set at – 15c° and one can enjoy the real experience of drift ice in the museum. Our trip will end in Sapporo, you can stay on or extend to other places well connected by public transport.

Note:

I am planning for Hokkaido's autumn, however we can't be certain if we can see the beautiful autumn foilage as it is dependent on the weather.

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Singapore to Hokkaido
Day 2: Chitose Airport - Furano
Day 3: Furano - Kushiro
Day 4: Kushiro - Rausu (Shiretoko)
Day 5: Rausu - Utoro (Shiretoko)
Day 6: Utoro - Akan
Day 7: Akan - Abashiri
Day 8: Abashiri - Asahikawa
Day 9: Asahikawa - Chitose Airport - Singapore
Day 10: Reach Singapore