Admire the Stunning, Colorful Scenery of Summer in Hokkaido

Update-date: Jun 05 2024
Admire the Stunning, Colorful Scenery of Summer in Hokkaido

While Hokkaido's winter, with its silver landscape blanketed in powder snow, holds its allure, summer boasts its own charms. The low humidity makes it the prime season to revel in the splendor of nature. This article unveils several must-visit Hokkaido destinations during the summer months.

Spend Summer in Hokkaido in Biei and Furano!

Spend Summer in Hokkaido in Biei and Furano!
During the summer, Hokkaido reveals its unparalleled natural beauty, and the best places to experience it are Biei and Furano.

Nestled at the heart of Hokkaido, Biei is a mere 20-minute drive from Asahikawa Airport. While renting a car offers convenience, for those uncomfortable with driving in unfamiliar territory, buses from the airport to the Biei/Furano area provide a viable alternative.

Once you arrive, consider renting a bicycle. Electric bicycles are particularly recommended due to the numerous hills and undulating terrain. Opting for a bicycle allows you the flexibility to pause and admire any scenic vista that catches your eye - a luxury often missed when traveling by car.

Surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes, the Biei and Furano area boasts an array of picturesque locales. Here are several spots within the area that warrant a visit.

Shikisai-no-Oka: A Beautiful Tapestry of Colors

Shikisai-no-Oka: A Beautiful Tapestry of Colors
Admire the Stunning, Colorful Scenery of Summer in Hokkaido
Shikisai-no-Oka is a garden that offers a mesmerizing display of Hokkaido's seasonal beauty. Spanning 15 hectares, it dazzles visitors with its vibrant floral showcase from spring to fall. In summer, a tapestry of flowers such as oriental poppies, lupines, peonies, lavenders, and snapdragons paints the landscape, creating a picture-perfect setting.

Embark on a leisurely journey aboard a Norokko tractor bus, cart, or buggy, traversing the picturesque fields adorned with vivid hues. It's an experience bound to leave an indelible mark on your memory. Afterwards, indulge in a delightful meal at the onsite restaurant, all while savoring the breathtaking scenery adorned with an array of colorful blooms. And don't miss out on a visit to the alpaca farm, where you can interact with these adorable creatures! Feed them, observe their charming antics, and make unforgettable memories.

Shirogane Blue Pond: A Fantastical Scene of Cobalt Blue Waters and Withered Trees

Shirogane Blue Pond: A Fantastical Scene of Cobalt Blue Waters and Withered Trees
This popular spot is called the “Blue Pond” because of its clear, cobalt blue waters.

This is the result of the pristine waters of the Biei River mingling with groundwater rich in aluminum and other minerals, forming colloidal particles that can scatter sunlight. Blue light is more easily scattered, which is why the pond appears an enchanting blue to the human eye. Another theory is that the white sediment beneath the pond reflects light, intensifying the pond’s blue tint.

This mystical and alluring color has been affectionately dubbed “Biei blue.” The larch and birch trees, submerged yet standing tall in the pond’s tranquil waters, also lend an ethereal charm to the landscape.
Admire the Stunning, Colorful Scenery of Summer in Hokkaido
Throughout the year, the Blue Pond undergoes a mesmerizing transformation, each season painting a different canvas. However, it's during the sunny days of summer that the pond truly dazzles, its surface aglow with a brilliant light blue hue.

Depending on the time of day, the water oscillates between shades of cobalt blue and emerald green, but the optimal time for a visit is early morning. As the sun rises and the winds calm, the pond mirrors the sky like a flawless mirror, magnifying its beauty twofold and offering an unparalleled sensory experience.

Tomita Farm: Immerse Yourself in a World of Purple at Hokkaido's Famous Lavender Fields

Tomita Farm: Immerse Yourself in a World of Purple at Hokkaido's Famous Lavender Fields
Tomita Farm, boasting 14 expansive fields of lavender and a myriad of other vibrant flowers, stands as a beloved destination, drawing in over a million visitors annually from both Japan and abroad.

From June to August, when the lavender is in peak season, the entire farm turns a vibrant shade of purple and is enveloped in a delightful fragrance. Ascend to the farm’s summit, and you'll be rewarded with a sweeping vista of the rustic Furano Basin and the majestic Tokachi Mountain Range, framed by lavender swaying gently in the breeze - a scene that encapsulates the essence of Hokkaido.

When fatigue sets in from your explorations, indulge in a scoop of soft-serve ice cream infused with Hokkaido's creamy milk and fragrant lavender. Not only is it a treat for the taste buds, but its enchanting purple hue also makes for a perfect photo opportunity.

Before you depart, take home a piece of the experience with original perfumes, soaps, or dried lavender flowers - a cherished reminder of your summer sojourn in Hokkaido.
Admire the Stunning, Colorful Scenery of Summer in Hokkaido
Just 4 kilometers away lies Lavender East, another lavender field accessible only in July. This hidden oasis offers a serene escape from the bustle of the main fields of Tomita Farm. Hop aboard the Lavender Bus, pulled by lavender-hued tractors, to immerse yourself in its panoramic splendor unfolding before your eyes.

Savor Hokkaido's Barbecued Delights!

After feasting your eyes on the scenic wonders exclusive to Hokkaido, treat your taste buds to yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) that's distinctly Hokkaido.

Jingisukan Daikokuya Asahikawa Branch (Asahikawa)

Jingisukan Daikokuya Ashikawa Branch (Asahikawa)
Jingisukan, a culinary gem almost synonymous with Hokkaido, takes center stage at this restaurant. This grilled delight features a medley of vegetables and lamb cooked in a distinctive iron pot resembling a hat.In typical jingisukan, the meat is marinated before grilling, but at Jingisukan Daikokuya Ashikawa Branch, the meat is grilled over charcoal without any seasoning. Here, you can savor fresh lamb that’s never been frozen, cut into thick slices yet somehow still succulent.

For newcomers to jingisukan, try the [No.1 Set] (2,640 JPY), featuring shoulder loin, rump, filet, and other lamb cuts. With this set, you can enjoy the meat with two different condiments: their homemade soy sauce-based dipping sauce or original spice mix. Pair the meat with locally sourced Hokkaido vegetables like onions for a symphony of flavors, blending the sweetness of the produce with the rich meatiness of the lamb.
Admire the Stunning, Colorful Scenery of Summer in Hokkaido
While counter and table seating are available, families and groups may prefer the cozy tatami seating. Kick off your shoes, unwind, and savor every bite of lamb meat with gusto!

Asahikawa Jingisukan Daikokuya Asahikawa Branch

Open: [Monday - Friday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) [Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Dinner 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: From JR Asahikawa station, go straight through the Kaimono Koen, then turn left on 3/4 Naka-dori street and continue straight ahead
Address: 3/4 Naka-dori, 5-1425, Yonjo-dori, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido Map
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Yakiniku Wajima (Asahikawa)

Yakiniku Wajima (Asahikawa)
Each region of Japan has its own brand of beef, and if you’re looking to try Hokkaido’s, pay Yakiniku Wajima a visit. Here, you can relish a diverse selection of Hokkaido brand beef, including the renowned Furano Wagyu, all at affordable prices. The secret to their delectable offerings lies in their on-site meat cutting, ensuring freshness with every slice.

For an unforgettable dining experience, indulge in the [Luxurious Wajima Assortment] (11,000 JPY). This opulent platter features the best of Furano Wagyu with approximately eight distinct cuts of beef, from crowd-pleasing ribs and sirloin to coveted delicacies like the chateaubriand, rarely found in the Asahikawa area. Pair your Hokkaido-style yakiniku feast with a glass of local whiskey or Asahikawa sake.
Admire the Stunning, Colorful Scenery of Summer in Hokkaido
With both spacious tatami rooms and table seating available, guests can choose their preferred dining ambiance. The tables are separated by curtains, ensuring privacy and allowing diners to immerse themselves fully in the culinary experience without distractions. Whether in the cozy tatami rooms or at the tables, the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant sets the stage for an evening of leisurely enjoyment over sizzling yakiniku.

Yakiniku Wajima

Open: [Monday-Thursday, Sunday] 11:00 am - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:45 am) / [Friday, Saturday] 11:00 am - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:45 am)
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 7,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPY
Access: From Asahikawa Station Central North Exit, go straight toward Kaimono Koen Street. The building with the white sign is the restaurant.
Address: 7-123-40, Nijyodori, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido Map
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Hokkaido's summer is fleeting, and as mid-August passes, autumn begins to beckon. Embrace this limited time to savor the stunning scenery before it transitions.
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Update-date: Jun 05 2024

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