On a clear day from the top of the Annupuri it becomes obvious that there’s so much more to the surrounding region than skiing. In the distance you’ll be able to see the historic port town of Otaru on the Sea of Japan, with its famous canals, seafood markets, delicious sushi and traditional shopping street.
We recommend 7hrs at a minimum for the road trip to Otaru
In the opposite direction you’ll see a picturesque volcano surrounded by a lake - this is Lake Toya, and is a must-see for anyone wanting to hike in and around an active volcano. The nearby Makkari region is an excellent afternoon trip, with famous bakeries and tofu shops hidden away in the wilderness. You’ll also spot Rusutsu in this direction, which is an excellent skiing day trip for people looking for a change of scenery.
We recommend 5hrs at a minimum for the road trip to Lake Toya
Beyond, on the Pacific, you’ll find Noboribetsu, which boasts some of Hokkaido’s most surreal scenery - Hell Valley. True to its name, this area is also quite volcanically active, and therefore has some of Hokkaido’s finest onsen (Japanese natural hot springs).
We recommend 8hrs at a minimum for the road trip to Noboribetsu
For those looking to catch a glimpse of Japanese urban life, head to Sapporo. February hosts the globally renowned ice festival, but the parks, dining, shopping, and big-city lights can be enjoyed anytime of the year.
We recommend 8hrs at a minimum for the road trip to Sapporo
Something special in mind? Let us know, and we’ll tailor a trip to suit your needs.