Whether you prefer friendly resort-style golf courses with sensational views or whether you want to test your skills on championship-level tracks, a wide selection of terrific golf courses are within a short drive away from Hakuchōzan. Nothing is more Japanese than a day on one of the area’s golf courses followed by a relaxing immersion in the onsen. Some of the Hakuchōzan favorites include the Nicklaus-designed Hokkaido Classic Golf Club – home to the Sapporo Classic golf tournament, the Hokkaido Brooks Country Club, the Arnold Palmer-designed Niseko Golf Course, or the Niseko Village Golf Course – winner of the World Golf Awards best golf course in Japan for 2015. The Hakuchōzan staff can also arrange for golf professionals to accompany guests to further enhance their golfing experience.
Otaru is a coastal city just one hour drive north of Niseko, known for its glassworks, music boxes, and sake distilleries. In the winters, Otaru is famous for its Otaru Snow Light Path Festival held every February where the region’s artists decorate the city in lights and snow statues. The Nikka Whiskey distillery is also a must-visit in nearby Yoichi as are the Music Box Museum and Glass Workshops.
Renowned a world over, the eye-popping colors of Furano’s lavender fields draws visitors from around the world. The majority of lavender usually starts blooming in late June and reaches its peak from around mid-July to early August. Although less numerous, later flowering varieties of lavender can remain in bloom into mid-August. The Hakuchōzan chauffeurs and hosts lead guests on private tours to experience Furano in an “only in HakuLife” way.
The stunning coastline of Cape Kamui on the Shakotan peninsula along the Sea of Japan draws visitors from all around the world to indulge in the spectacular scenery and feast on the what many regard is the very best source of Hokkaido uni – uni originating from the Shakotan peninsula. The Shakotan Peninsula is located just north of Niseko and northwest of Otaru. It is a steep scenic area surrounded by the Sea of Japan.
Formed from a caldera of the Mt. Usu volcano, this beautiful lake is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The Mt.Usu volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world with an eruption every 30 to 50 years and provides a backdrop rich in volcanic minerals and breathtaking vistas. Lake Toya is home to numerous fun activities which include wakeboarding, boating, paddle-boarding, and swimming. The Lake Toya hot springs is also home to one of the best spa resorts in the region.
The rich volcanic soils and pure air of northern Japan create some of the most delicious produce in the world. Many farmer stands line the roads throughout the Hokkaido farmland where guests can sample and buy many seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Fruit picking is a popular family-friendly activity in the Niseko area. Many farms open their orchards to the public during summer where you can sample different fruits. They also often offer some of the best homemade pies, jams and juice you’ll ever find!
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