Hokkaido - Season 2017 less beaten track options

pedub

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Guess Im glass half full.
The scenery in there is world class, something most of Japan simply cannot claim.

Looks pretty feasible to get up early and head to Pippu for the morning, then take a drive up the gorge to Sounkyo, onsen, drive back to Asahikawa. Seems like its definitely worth a look but I'll skip the hotels
 

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We are basing in niseko but will be tripping out fairly regularly and doing overnight stays around the place through the whole of january. keen to visit a heap of different mountains.
Also have a spare room if your coming through niseko for the night.

Trying to keep some costs down so would definitely be interested. Are you based in Melbourne mate? If so would be good to catch up and have a beer and a chat.
 

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Trying to keep some costs down so would definitely be interested. Are you based in Melbourne mate? If so would be good to catch up and have a beer and a chat.

Nah, I'm up in Mildura. Do travel to melbourne fairly regularly tho so will shoot you a PM when we are down next
 

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Looks pretty feasible to get up early and head to Pippu for the morning, then take a drive up the gorge to Sounkyo, onsen, drive back to Asahikawa. Seems like its definitely worth a look but I'll skip the hotels

The ice village is definitely worth a visit for an hour or so - looks great in the evening - but is cold.
 

pedub

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The ice village is definitely worth a visit for an hour or so - looks great in the evening - but is cold.
What dates is the Ice village on? I looked by couldn't find any.
We'll be there week beginning 30th Jan
 

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Best trip I had to Hokkaido was when we stayed in Asahikawa. You are staying in a decent sized town with all that goes along with it, and then drive to either Kamui, Asahidake, Kurodake, Furano and a few others (all within an hour or so). It's a good option IMO.
 
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pedub

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Yeah, it is different from the Sapporo & Asahikawa snow fests - think it runs most of winter.
https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/central-hokkaido-2014.64458/page-2#post-2204429

Nice pics!
Tokachi looks fun but as I am a snowboarder with no snowshoes I wont be going there this time
I'll come back with a splitboard some day

How is the drive out from Asahikawa to there? Coming from dodgy NZ roads I found Hokkaido roads effing excellent and easy to drive even in winter. Driving at night is still something I would try to avoid if possible, but it looks like its best to go at night
 

pedub

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Best trip I had to Hokkaido was when we stayed in Asahikawa. You are staying in a decent sized town with all that goes along with it, and then drive to either Kamui, Asahidake, Kurodake, Furano and a few others (all within an hour or so). It's a good option IMO.

I don't need any convincing.
Furano is like that too, plus skiing is a 5 min drive if you just can't be assed driving anywhere

I think perhaps we should still prop up how good Niseko is and all the other people will know they should just go there and leave Central Hokkaido alone
 

Ralph_implement

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Yeah, I have stayed in Furano too, but preferred staying in Asahikawa just because it offered a bit more at night.

I don't think you have to worry about central Hokkaido becoming too overcrowded real soon. ;)
 

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How is the drive out from Asahikawa to there? Coming from dodgy NZ roads I found Hokkaido roads ****ing excellent and easy to drive even in winter. Driving at night is still something I would try to avoid if possible, but it looks like its best to go at night

It's an easy drive, road is well maintained as it's a thoroughfare highway for Asahikawa <-> Kitami (and also the Tokachi plains). There is very little incline angle on the road up until Kurodake. No 'hill climbing'.

Aesthetically, it's great, if you drive in daylight you have an awesome view of the northern peaks of the Diasetsuzan National Park (Aibetsu, Pippu, Ryouun and Kuro), which are some of the more spectacular reliefs in Hokkaido. The terrain there is much more like the Japanese Alps in Honshu, Europe or Canada.
 
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Aesthetically, it's great, if you drive in daylight you have an awesome view of the northern peaks of the Diasetsuzan National Park (Aibetsu, Pippu, Ryouun and Kuro), which are some of the more spectacular reliefs in Hokkaido. The terrain there is much more like the Japanese Alps in Honshu, Europe or Canada.

Very true.
 

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I'm finding a lot accom around rusutsu and Furano already booked out or very expensive for feb '17 - anyone else experienced this?
 
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