A course to enjoy local popular gourmet while enjoying flowers and Hokkaido history. Otoineppu, known as the "Hokkaido naming site" is a place where visitors can experience the spirit and artistic spirit of the Ainu while experience the roots of Hokkaido, just like the "Sunazawa Biki Memorial Museum." Also, there are plenty of local gourmet in North Hokkaido, such as "Asahikawa Ramen", "Nayoro Stew of Genghis Khan", "Black soba of Otoineppu" and "Wakkanai Octopus shabu-shabu", so please have a try.
|Day 1:||Asahikawa ⇒ Asahiyama Zoo ⇒ Nayoro|
|Day 2:||Nayoro ⇒ Sunflower Fields in Nayoro ⇒ Roadside Station Mochigome-no-Sato Nayoro ⇒ Otoineppu（Sunazawa Bikky Memorial Museum） ⇒ North Breakwater Dome ⇒ Wakkanai|
|Day 3:||Wakkanai ⇒ Cape Soya / The Rolling Soya Hills ⇒ Fukkou Market ⇒ Noshappu Cape ⇒ Old Seto House ⇒ Wakkanai|
|Day 4:||Wakkanai ⇒ Wakkanai Airport|
Asahiyama Zoo is popular for its “behavioral exhibition” that shows the lively behavior of animals. Animals, such as penguins swimming as if they are flying in the sky, polar bears that make dynamic leaps into the pool and orangutans walking in the air (swinging and crossing a towering rope bridge over visitors’ heads), are exhibited in a near-natural state to allow visitors to see their natural behavior. As “mogumogu time,” when visitors can watch animals eat up close while listening to the guidance by a zoo attendant, is another feature that should not be missed, visitors are advised to check the timetable in advance.
The Nisshin and Chiebun areas are the two best places to see sunflowers that are cultivated throughout Nayoro City. The best season is between early and late August every year. In particular, the sunflowers of "Sun Pillar Park" in the Nisshin Area, which is a hill overlooking the city, bloom like a yellow carpet that cover the slopes. Check the official website before you go out for the latest blooming information.
The roadside station is located in a lush rural area on the south side of Nayoro City. It has a large selection of safe and reliable farm products from local farms and gift items, including "Soft Daifuku", which is a smooth rice cake made with a unique recipe using Nayoro’s specialty glutinous rice. The attached restaurant is popular for its menu using plenty of local ingredients. Feel free to use the facility not only for a break from driving, but also for obtaining information on local tourism.
The central attraction of this museum is the studio/residence of world-famous modern sculptor Bikky Sunazawa, who moved to the Osashima area of Otoineppu Village in 1978 and produced many works while living here for more than ten years until his death. Of 1,000 works he produced in his lifetime based on his identity as Ainu, 200 are exhibited in the museum. Visitors can see sculptures created through his deep dialogue with wood, as well as tools he used.
Cape Soya, situated at the northernmost point of Japan, is a popular photo spot as the very top of Japan. "Japan’s northernmost point monument" is a triangular pyramid-shaped monument featuring one ridge of the North Star as its motif. Its round base represents "peace and harmony." On fine days, the cape commands a view of the island of Sakhalin, Russia, in the distance in front across the vast ocean, making visitors feel that they are actually at the northernmost point of Japan. The official certificate of reaching Japan’s northernmost point is sold at nearby souvenir shops.
The Rolling Soya Hills is designated as a Hokkaido Heritage. On the hills is the Cape Soya Wind Farm, which is one of Japan’s largest wind power plants making the most of strong winds. On fine days, the hills also have a view of Mt. Rishiri in the distance. The "White Road", which is a part of the Soya Hillside course of the Wakkanai Footpath, is a scenic point with a 3 km road paved with scallop shells stretching toward the sea. It is an exquisite location where a beautiful contrast of the white road, blue sky and green hills and a 360 degree panoramic view can be enjoyed.