Hokkaido Prefecture

Monbetsu Drift Ice In Okhotsk Sea

Monbetsu Drift Ice In Okhotsk Sea The Sea of Okhotsk is covered with drift ice in winter. Water flowing from the Amur River in Siberia freezes when it meets the frigid ocean. The ice starts out thin and gradually grows into floes by the time it reaches the Okhotsk coast to cover the sea with pristine ice. In Mombetsu, the phenomenon can be usually seen from late January to mid-March. Hokkaido...

Abashiri Prison Museum and Koshimizu Natural Flower Garden

Abashiri Prison Museum and Koshimizu Natural Flower Garden Abashiri Prison Museum Abashiri Prison Museum is about the exploitation of Hokkaido and the prisoners. Abashiri has been known nationwide as "the prison town" since the first film of the "Abashiri-bangaichi" (No Address in Abashiri) series was released in 1965. The number of tourists rapidly increased with the popularity of the series. The prison still exists and...

Toma Limestone Cave

Toma Limestone Cave entrance Toma Limestone Cave in Toma was formed 15,000 years ago by erosion of the Jurassic limestone strata. It was found when limestone was dug out in 1957. It stretches for 135 m and its height is 7 to 8 m. Its stalactites have almost no impurities, highly crystallized, and white and sparkling due to their high transparency. The rarest stalactites are those that hang like...

Furano City (Furano-shi) - Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park

Furano City (Furano-shi) - Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park Located at the very center of Hokkaido (43゜20' N. lat., 142゜23' E. long.), the city is known as "the naval city." A marker indicating the center of the prefecture stands in the schoolyard of Furano Elementary School. Furano has been famous for lavender since the 1981 TV series "Kita-no-Kuni-kara" (from the northern province) and the Furano Ski Resort. The lovely...

History and Culture of Shikaoi Town (Shikaoi-cho)

History and Culture of Shikaoi Town (Shikaoi-cho) Shikaoi's beginning can be treated back to 1902, when Mr.Yamada of Tokyo settled into what is now the main street of Shikaoi. By 1913 a train station opened up the flow of settlers from Honshu. Not long after this a post office, police station, and several small restaurants opened. In 1920, the population of Shikaoi was 4,526 people (822 families). In April 1921 it...

Shikaoi Town (Shikaoi-cho) - Borders on the Mt. Taisetsu (Daisetsu)

Shikaoi Town Office Origin of the Town name The name "Shikaoi" is based on the Ainu word "kuteku'ushi" (to chase after deers). In ancient times, deers were easily caught by driving them into nets which were placed in the ravines. Position and Area of Shikaoi Shikaoi borders on the Taisetsu and Hidaka mountain ranges, often refered to as the roof of Hokkaido. Shikaoi is located in the...

Asahikawa City (Asahikawa-shi) - Taisetsuzan (Daisetsu-Zan) National Park

osamu hiyama, Asahikawa City (Asahikawa-shi) This city, the second largest in Hokkaido, is roughly at the center of the Kamikawa Basin. Under the system of tondenhei (soldier farmers), it prospered as the center of Hokkaido's development. In 1901, the seventh division of the Army moved into Asahikawa, making the city a military base. Kaikosha, the officers' club, was erected in 1902. It is a white wooden...

About Brown Bears in Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park

About Brown Bears in Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park Carnivora Cumacea Bear - genus Ursus arctos yesoensis Brown bears can only be found in Hokkaido and likes a compartively cold climate. Its body color is black or brown (gray and ocher partial mix) It is an omnivorous animal but has a strong tendency to eat meat. It can be up to 200cm in height and weigh as much as 300kg. Figure Its body and legs and arms are...

Enjoyment of Mt. Daisetsu, Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park

Enjoyment of Mt. Daisetsu, Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park is at the center of Hokkaido and the largest national park in Japan. At the centre of the Daisetsu mountain range lies the highest mountain "Asahidake", which is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido.The area of the park is 230,000ha and it is a national park which is rich in unspoilt natural beauty. Stretching from Mt....

Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park related Institutions and Visitor Centers

Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park related Institutions and Visitor Centers Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park is at the center of Hokkaido and the largest national park in Japan. At the centre of the Daisetsu mountain range lies the highest mountain "Asahidake", which is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido.The area of the park is 230,000ha and it is a national park which is rich in unspoilt natural beauty. Stretching from Mt....

Timeline History of Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park

This Taisetsuzan (Daisetsuzan) Mountains chain of 2,000 m-high mountains offers stunning scenery. The Ainu have called it "Kamui-mintara" (playground of the gods) for its beauty. Mt. Asahidake (2,290 m), is the highest peak in Hokkaido. There is ropeway access from Asahidake Hot Springs to Sugatami Station at 1,600 m. From the station, a path leads to Sugatami Pond....

Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park

Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park is at the center of Hokkaido and the largest national park in Japan. At the centre of the Daisetsu mountain range lies the highest mountain "Asahidake", which is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido.The area of the park is 230,000ha and it is a national park which is rich in unspoilt natural beauty. Stretching from Mt....

Ayako Miura Literature Museum in Mihonrin (foreign tree) Forest

Ayako Miura Literature Museum in Mihonrin (foreign tree) Forest This forest is the setting for the novel "Hyoten" (Freezing Point), by the late Ayako Miura. The prizewinning novel was published in 1964 and marked Miura's literary debut. It first appeared as a newspaper serial. Soon after the story ended, it was made into a TV series and, with the end of the TV series, into a movie. Its popularity was called the "Hyoten boom."...

The pristine forests of Shiretoko World Natural Heritage

Rausu-dake (Mt. Rausu) Shiretoko national park Shiretoko National Park is often called the last pristine land to be left in Japan. Severe weather conditions and the natural lay of the land have left the area with a pristine appearance. Shiretoko with its row of volcanic mountains is the easternmost of Hokkaido’s national parks. Most of the coastal areas of the peninsula are cliffs and...

Shiretoko Peninsula - The World Natural Heritage

Utoro cliff in Shiretoko Peninsula Roads extend only halfway up the Shiretoko Peninsula's 63-km length. The peninsula, which juts into the Sea of Okhotsk, boasts an untouched natural environment from its midpoint to its end at Cape Shiretoko. Located in the Kuril Volcanic Zone, the Shiretoko Mountains include Mt. Rausu, Mt. Iou and Mt. Shiretoko. Shiretoko features a dynamic landscape where oceans lap...