Eastern Hokkaido is the area located in the eastern portion of Hokkaido Prefecture. It includes areas such as Obihiro, Tokachi, Kushiro, Nemuro, and Abashiri. This area faces the Sea of Okhotsk located between Japan and Russia, and the Pacific Ocean.
There are many tourist destinations where visitors can come in contact with Hokkaido’s nature and culture. One of the features of Hokkaido’s natural habitat are the many lakes including Mashuko Lake, Akanko Lake, Onneto, and Saroma Lake. In the Akanko Lake area, there is the Akanko Ainu Kotan cultural facility where visitors can learn about Ainu, indigenous people of Hokkaido.
In addition, there are activities such as Tokachi River rafting, and riding the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train along the Kushiro wetlands. In the winter, there is a cruise on an icebreaker vessel which travels while breaking through drift ice.
Since the Eastern Hokkaido area is vast, expanding across several cities, it is most convenient to travel within the area by car. Trains passing through the area include Senmo Main Line which runs between Abashiri and Kushiro, Sekihoku Main Line which connects Abashiri and Asahikawa, and Nemuro Main Line which connects Furano and Nemuro. The closest airports are Memanbetsu Airport and Kushiro Airport but both only have domestic flight service thus, it is necessary to transfer at airports such as New Chitose Airport when coming from abroad.
Map: Eastern Hokkaido