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Asahiyama zoo is the northernmost zoo in Japan, which is located in Asahikawa city, Hokkaido. Generally zoos in Japan focus on just the exhibition of animals. However, the Asahiyama Zoo focuses on exhibition of the animals’ behavior so that visitors can watch real life behavior of animals. This dramatic style of exhibition made the zoo famous. The zoo is mostly crowded with families, dating couples, and other visitors. More than 1.65 million visitors came to the zoo in the fiscal year of 2013.
In the hilly country of Biei, due to the blessings of the Tokachidake mountain range there are many mysterious and fascinating places, and the Biei blue pond is one of them. After an eruption in 1988, a pond was constructed to help deal with volcanic sand erosion, and when water from the river began to accumulate there something interesting happened by chance. Initially, entrance was prohibited, but in 2010 it was opened to the public and it has become a very popular tourist sight.
Tomita Farm is a farmland located in Furano-cho, Hokkaido. Lavender and various colorful flowers are planted on the farm, and they are in their full glory from spring to autumn. There are many facilities on the farmland: display areas for flower arrangements, a gallery exhibiting photos of the flowers of the four seasons on the farm, a museum, a distillery house where lavender essential oil is extracted, gift shops and cafes. Walking around the flower gardens is free throughout the year, from sunrise to sunset.
Shikotsu-ko is a caldera lake which boasts the best water clarity in all of Japan, and is also Japan’s northernmost lake that does not freeze. There are a variety of natural wonders here to see.
Lake Toya is Japan's ninth largest lake and the third largest caldera lake.The area around Lake Toya is part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park that is registered as a Japanese Geopark and a UNESCO Global Geopark named the "Toya-ko Lake-Mount Usu Geopark."
Hakodate is also one of the popular city to visit in Hokkaido. There are spots to see such as Goryokaku Tower / park, Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, fish market, Trappistine Monastery and much more. If you stay till night, the view from Mt. Hakodate is just outstanding.
Otaru city has many attractive tourist spots such as Otaru Canal,Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery,Tanaka Shuzo, Kitaichi Glass Factory and Otaru Music Box Museum and so much more. It's one of the must-visit city in Hokkaido.
About Furano bus tours
The city of Furano has recently received large amounts of popularity from foreign tourists.
The city’s main attraction is its weather. Even in August, the hottest month of the year, temperatures do not exceed 27 degrees Celsius. Large numbers of tourists are drawn to see the lavender fields that bloom from early to the end of July.
The stand-alone in Furano’s autumn are the changing colors of the autumn leaves.
The Biei area in Furano has many spots to enjoy the autumn colors.
During autumn, the temperature peaks to around 21 degrees Celsius. Come October, the temperature begins to cool down further so a warm jacket is needed for the cold.
Are you among the many who are not sure what to do around Furano in winter?
Winter is actually the very time when there are lots of activities to choose from. In the white snow, you can fish for Japanese pond smelt, ride a snowmobile or AVT quad bike, or even soar in a hot air balloon while taking in your fill of Furano.
Some of the cold still hangs around in spring, so as long as you have a jersey or coat you will be fine for sightseeing.
While being strongly associated with lavender fields, spring brings to Furano brightly colored blooming flowers that create yet a different kind of scenery to summer. Again, other activities unavailable in winter, such as river rafting and outdoor camping can be enjoyed.
The city of Furano, where all four seasons can be enjoyed, is 2 1/2 hours from inner Sapporo City. From Furano the famous sights in Biei can be reached in 40 minutes.
Again the easy access to the mysterious blue pond (Aoiike) and Japan’s most interactive zoo; Asayama Zoo, is just another reason Furano is so popular all year around.