HOKKAIDO IN SUMMER
Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island, yet a mere five percent of the population lives here. Over seventy percent of the island is covered by forest, and wildlife is ubiquitous, both in and out of the enormous national parks, where you ‘ll also find active volcanoes and bubbling onsen. With six maijor national parks to explore, nature lovers and outdoor addicts are spoiled for choice.
With the population of nearly two million, Hokkaido’s vibrant and booming capital Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan. Sapporo is known for its beer, which has been brewed here since 1891.
"OIRASE STREAM" in Aomori
The Oirase Stream is a picturesque mountain stream which starts at Nenokuchi, a small town at the shores of Towadako Lake and flows down the narrow and densely wooded Oirase Valley. A hiking trail(about 10km) leads along the most scenic, upper passage of the stream from Ishigedo to Nenokuchi.
"Lavender Fields" in Furano, Hokkaido
Frano's lavender fields attract large numbers of visitors to the region every July and August, when the plants are in full bloom.
One of the best spots to view the lavender is Farm Tomita, whose lavender and flower fields with the Daisetsuzan and Tokachi mountain ranges as backdrop are spectacular.