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Eastern Circuit

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Twisted trees near Lake Mashuko, Akan National Park

The Eastern Circuit (道東 Dōtō) covers the eastern half of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Regions[edit]

The Eastern Circuit is composed of the following four subprefectures:

Cities[edit]

  • Abashiri - fishing town famous for drift ice and infamous for its prison
  • Bihoro - gateway to the Akan National Park
  • Kitami - the onion capital of Japan
  • Kushiro - the largest city in the Circuit with 200,000 people
  • Obihiro - the main city in the Tokachi Plain, a large agricultural area
  • Nemuro - at the easternmost tip of Hokkaido

Other destinations[edit]

  • Akan National Park - known for the crystalline mountain lakes of Akan, Kussharo and Mashu
  • Daisetsuzan National Park - Japan's largest national park named after its "Great Snowy Mountains"
  • Shiretoko National Park - the most inaccessible and least explored of Japan's national parks
  • Shari - gateway to Shiretoko National Park and home of onsen village Utoro

Understand[edit]

The most sparsely populated region in all Japan, this vast area is nearly 40,000 km² in size. While the easternmost part is largely flat, rural and filled with endless cow pastures, much of the circuit is ringed with mountains.

Get in[edit]

Kushiro and Memanbetsu (near Abashiri) have regional airports.

Get around[edit]

Here, if anywhere in Japan, a rental car will come in handy. Train coverage is severely lacking (many lines have been terminated due to a lack of customers) and buses are infrequent, inconvenient and expensive.

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Eastern Hokkaido has beautiful coastline, wonderful outdoor hot springs, and remote hiking. Some combination of these should make for a satisfying visit.

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Hokkaido on the whole is good for seafood — if you're on the coast — and dairy, and the east is no exception. In central Hokkaido, near Asahikawa and Furano, there are a plethora of melon stands, though by foreign standards, Japanese melons are exceedingly expensive.

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Get out[edit]


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