Hokkaido – Asahikawa to Wakkanai

Days 7 to 10 – Asahikawa to Wakkanai – Mountains and Lakes – Beautiful Coast – Wind and Sun

Getting out of Asahikawa is hard. We zigzag on city streets to reach relatively quiet secondary roads leading north, briefly visiting a Temple that we just saw. At this point we rely on general directions and not on our nifty navigation app eager to tell us where to turn. In fact, we haven’t used it since the first day. We just need to find road #72 and then #275. The phone’s GPS and the map helps a lot though. On the way to Lake Shumarinai we take a lunch break at a Horokonai road station which has a nice soba noodle shop inside. The staff is very curious and chatty. They prompt me to make a map of our route on paper and hang it among other people’s maps on the wall. After a nice meal they fill our bottles with icy water and tea — awesome.

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Lake Shumarinai


The weather is getting cloudy and there is not a sunset or sunrise view to be had at the campground. We wash our clothes and make dinner along with a few campers around. A young family with two kids pitch their tent next to us and then they approach to greet us holding hands. The mother speaks to me gently, a long sentence which I cannot possibly understand. I catch the word “yoroshiku” and automatically respond with the same, which I think was the right way… Next morning the weather is still a bit sketchy and starts to drizzle a bit when we just start. The road we take to reach the coast, #229, is generally ascending but not very much. Soon, we are surrounded by lush vegetation, quiet road and warm air. After gaining about a 100 meters or so the road becomes a nice downhill course till we reach the coast. Tomamae has a famous onsen overlooking the ocean and an auto-campground next to it. This can’t possibly get any better. We shop for dinner but both of us know we are not going to make dinner tonight. The restaurant inside the onsen is crowded and the food comes quick.

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Where is the rest of the story? I will get to it when I have some time…

In the meantime, enjoy the pictures.

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