• February 11th, 2019
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[Kosetsuen in Hakodate] One of Best Fall Foliage Tourist Attractions in Hakodate

Kosetsuen

Kosetsuen (香雪園) is a garden at 30-40 m altitude small hill in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and is one of facilities of Miharashi Park (見晴公園) along with a baseball ground, Hakodate Golf Club (函館ゴルフ倶楽部) and Grass Open Space (芝生広場). The Miharashi Park is the largest park in the Hakodate, and the area is 46.1 ha. In a spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom, and In an autumn, this park is well-known as a good place to see fall foliage, and a lot of tourists come. Hakodate MOMI-G Festa (はこだてMOMI-Gフェスタ) is held from late October to early November, and autumn leaves are lit up in the evening. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge.

Kosetsuen
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Autumn Leaves Lit up
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

The Kosetsuen built around 1898 by Mr. Minejiro Iwafune (岩船峯次郎) is a Kyoto-style Japanese garden planned by Mr. Chidzuki Tsuji (辻地月), a famous Japanese garden designer in Kyoto. In the Taisho period, a chief abbot of Chion-in Temple (知恩院), a grand head temple of Jodo-shu sect (浄土宗総本山) in the Kyoto, described the garden as "A garden with the scent of Ume in snow (雪の中に梅香る園)", so the garden was named as the Kosetsuen. It is not explained who the chief abbot of the Chion-in Temple was, but the Monzeki of the Chion-in Temple was Mr. Genyu Yamashita (山下現有) in the Taisho period. Then, the Miharashi Park has been developped as a comprehensive park of the Hakodate city. The Kosetsuen was designated as a place of national scenic beauty in 2001, and is the only Nationally-designated Important garden in the Hokkaido.

Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

Midori-no-Center (緑のセンター), Enteri (園亭), Greenhouse (温室), the Grass Open Space (芝生広場), Firefly Pond (ホタル池), Fireplaces (野外炉), playground equipment, arbora and public restrooms are built at the Kosetsuen with 4 parking lots. The Entei around the center of the garden is a symbol of the park, and is a Japanese-style house with a thatched roof built in the Meiji period, and the interior decoration is Shoin-zukuri architecture in the style of sukiya (数寄屋風書院造 * building in the style of a tea-ceremony house). The house is rented for a Japanese tea ceremony or a wedding ceremony, so entering the house is available. It is open to public during the Hakodate MOMI-G Festa.

Entei
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Inside of Entei
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Inside of Entei
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Midori-no-Center
Kosetsuen in Hakodate
Parking Lot
Kosetsuen in Hakodate

The park is relatively close to Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院), Hakodate Airport (函館飛行場) and Hakodate University (函館大学). Drive carefully because intricate roads around here is narrow.

Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Hot springs spring 7000 liters everyday, so a quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too. 1.8 million tourists come here, and is one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉). The Yunokawa Onsen is called a back room of Hakodate, and I think that it is popular for easy access to the Yunokawa Onsen because it takes about 15 minutes from Hakodate Station by a car, and it takes about 5 minutes from Hakodate Airport by a car. It is probably only the Yunokawa Onsen in Hokkaido that there is a large hot-spring resort in the city area. Read More

Chikuba Sinyoutei
Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

Trappistine Convent

Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院) is the Japan's first convent at 50-70 m altitude small hill in the east part of Hakodate downtown, and the another name is Angel Garden (天使園). It is well-known as a historical nunnery (monastery) together with Trappist Monastery (トラピスト修道院) that is famous for trappist cookies in Hokuto. About 70 nuns live here at present, so the whole convent is not allowed to visit. But only a part of the site (Front Garden, Souvenir Shop and Reference Room) is open to the public, and visitors can walk around. Cherry blossoms in a spring or fall foliage in an autumn can be enjoyed, and additive-free French Cake Madarena has a good reputation, too. Admission free. A parking lot is not provided. Toll parking lots open a business beside here. Read More

Trappistine Convent
Trappistine Convent

By the way, Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and Hakodate Ferry Terminal.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Hakodate and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Rakuten
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Rakuten
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal and the Hakodate Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station.
    Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their offices are near Kaigan-cho, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal, the Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and the Yunokawa Onsen.

    HAKODATE

    Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Read More

    View from Mt. Hakodate
    Hakodate

    Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen

    About 150 types of trees are planted at the Kosetsuen, and the best time to see the fall foliage is from late October to mid November. The autumn leaves are lit up in the evening during the Hakodate MOMI-G Festa, so fantastic autumn leaves can be enjoyed. A lot of the tourists come from overseas as well as all over the Japan. I visited here in early November, 2018. The site was large, so it took about 90 minutes to look around on foot.

    Japanse Garden
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free of charge/td>
    Business hours 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open year all round
    Telephone number +81-138-57-6210
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 86 142 633*86

    Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen in Daytime

    The Fall Foliage of the Kosetsuen were wotrh seeing here and there. In those, a maple tree was the most conspicuous in front of the Midori-no-Center. The leaves turned into deep red. A lot of the tourists took a commemorative photo successively. The red maple leaves are truly impressive.

    Most Showiest Red Maple Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    It Is Popular with Tourists
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate

    A small maple tree and colorful autumn leaves were worth seeing along a path lined maple trees. The small maple tree was inconspicuous in the daytime, but it was charming in the evening.

    Small Maple Tree
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Fall Foliage along Path
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Fall Foliage along Path
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Colorful Autumn Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Colorful Autumn Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Branches Like Blood Vessel
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Good Fall Foliage
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
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    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Deep Red
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Fall Foliage
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Colorful Autumn Leaves and Contrail
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Fall Foliage of Japanese Garden
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Fall Foliage of Japanese Garden
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Bridge and Autumn Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Open Space with Autumn Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate

    The fall foliage near a creek went well with a bridge and a stone-made many-tiered tower (石層塔), and a view was nice.

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    Open Space
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Creek with Autumn Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
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    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
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    Japanese Cedar Goes Well with Autumn Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
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    Kosetsuen in Hakodate

    Around the Entei, a pond, mossy ground and Japanese Cedar reminded me of the Kyoto, and maple leaves turned red made visitors feel an atmosphere like the Kyoto.

    Entei
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Path along Lined Japanese Cedar
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Japanse Garden
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Red Maple Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Japanse Garden
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate

    Atmosphere of Kosetsuen Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Kosetsuen

    Fall Foliage of Kosetsuen in Evening

    In the evening of the Kosetsuen, places lit up were confined. Except a maple lined path, the Japanese garden and the Midori-no-Center, other places were dark. So trees lit up were conspicuous. Visitors should wear a warm clothes because it was cold.

    Autumn Leaves Lit up
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Autumn Leaves Are Lit up along Path
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Great!
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Charming Autumn Leaves Are Lit up
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate

    The small maple tree was a popular photo spot in the evening. Comfortable tall and only red maple leaves were good. High school students looked like taking a selfie at that time.

    Spotlight
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Charming Autumn Leaves Are Lit up
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Autumn Leaves Lit up
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    They Look Fun!
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Charming Bridge Is Lit up
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Charming Path along Japanese Cedar
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Entei Lit up
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Silhouettes of Visitors
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Japanese Garden
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate
    Illuminated Red Maple Leaves
    Kosetsuen in Hakodate

    Atmosphere of Kosetsuen Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Kosetsuen

      List of Activities

      Some activities are held in the Hakodate. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Sightseeing Taxi

      Donan Hire(道南ハイヤー)
      Hakodate Taxi(函館タクシー株式会社)
      ASOVIEW
      Hakodate Sightseeing Jumbo Taxi Isaribi Club(函館観光ジャンボタクシー 漁火倶楽部)
      ASOVIEW
      Five Star Club(ファイブスタークラブ)
      ASOVIEW
      Nakamura Sightseeing Taxi(中村観光タクシー)
      Moomoo Taxi(モーモータクシー)
      Jalan

      Guided Trekking

      Hokkaido Sightseeing Concierge Center(北海道観光コンシェルジュセンター)
      Jalan

      Guided Walking Streets

      Hakodate Guided Walking Streets(函館まちあるきガイド)

      Bay Cruise

      Movie of Bay Cruise


      Hakodate Bay Cruise Blue Moon(観光遊覧船ブルームーン)
      ASOVIEW
      Kanamori Bay Cruise(金森ベイクルーズ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Rental Costume Kimono and Dress

      Movie of Rental Costume Kimono and Dress


      Hakodate Rental Costume Kimono and Dress(函館和洋モダン貸衣裳館)

      Rickshaw

      Movie of Rickshaw


      Ebisuya(えびす屋)

      Experiences of Making

      Movie of 710CANDLE


      710CANDLE(710CANDLE)
      ASOVIEW
      Ikuta Glass House(生田ガラス館)
      Motomachi Glass Studio(元町ガラス工房)
      ASOVIEW

      List of accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the downtown of the Hakodate. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Yunokawa Onsen

        Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)
        Booking
        Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)
        Booking
        Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)
        Booking
        Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
        Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
        Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
        Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
        KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)
        Booking
        Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)
        Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
        HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
        Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
        Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
        Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
        Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
        Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
        Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)
        Booking
        Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
        Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
        Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
        Hotel Tetra Yunokawa Onsen(ホテルテトラ湯の川温泉)
        Booking
        Credo Hotel Hakodate(クレドホテル函館)
        Tune Hakodate Hostel & MusicBal(チューン函館ホステル&ミュージックバル)
        La Cachette(ラカシェット)
        Jalan
        Seaside Inn Yamani(シーサイド イン ヤマニ)
        Booking
        Hotel Ryokuen-dori(ホテル緑園通)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Minshuku Seaside Kanabori(民宿シーサイド金堀)
        HP
        Booking
        Jalan

        North Part of Hakodate Downtown

          Hakodate Rich Hotel Goryokaku(函館リッチホテル五稜郭)
          Dormy Inn Express Hakodate Goryokaku(ドーミーインEXPRESS函館五稜郭)
          Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Goryokaku(ルートイングランティア函館五稜郭)
          Annex Hotel Tetora(アネックス ホテルテトラ)
          Corpo Marika A(コーポ マリーカA)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Hakodate Guest House(函館ゲストハウス)
          HP
          Jalan
          Old Style Hotel Hakodate Goryokaku(オールドスタイルホテル 函館五稜郭)
          HP
          Guest House Hakodate Sazan(ゲストハウス函館サザン)
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate(ホテル法華クラブ 函館)
          Goryokaku Guest House Cocoa(五稜郭ゲストハウスココア)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Guesthouse OHANA(ゲストハウスオハナ)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Business Hotel Auclo(ビジネス ホテル オークロ)
          HP
          Jalan
          Business Ryokan Kirara(ビジネス旅館 きらら)
          Booking
          Business Hotel Kitaguni(ビジネスホテル きたぐに)
          Booking
          Hotel Lalaport Hakodate(ホテルららぽーと函館)
          Booking
          Fellow House(フェローハウス)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          HOTEL MYSTAYS Hakodate Goryokaku(ホテルマイステイズ函館五稜郭)
          Business HotelSharoum Inn Head Office(ビジネスホテル シャロームイン本店)
          HP
          Booking
          Hotel Tetora(ホテル テトラ)
          Booking
          Hotel S-Pal(ホテル エスパル)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Business Hotel Yoshizumi(ビジネスホテル よしずみ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Dormitory Silsil(ドミトリー シルシル)
          Booking

          South Part of Hakodate Downtown

            Hotel Hakodateyama(ホテル函館山)
            Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
            Booking
            Rakuten
            Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
            Hotel Hachimanzaka(ホテル八幡坂)
            HP
            Winning Hotel(ウイニングホテル)
            Pension Jokura(ペンション じょう蔵)
            Jalan
            Share House Miyabi(シェアハウス みやび)
            HP
            Jalan
            Hakodate Perry House(函館ペリーハウス)
            Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
            HAKODATE HOTEL SeaBorne(HAKODATE HOTEL シーボーン)
            Hotel Chocolat(ホテルショコラ函館)
            HP
            La Jolie Motomachi(ラ・ジョリー元町)
            LA VISTA Hakodate Bay(ラビスタ函館ベイ)
            Villa Concordia Resort&Spa(ヴィラコンコルディア)
            Guest House Annabel(ゲストハウス アナベル)
            HP
            Jalan
            Hakodate Motomachi Hotel(函館元町ホテル)
            B&B Pension Hakodate-mura(B&B ペンション はこだて村)
            Jalan
            Hakodate Kokusai Hotel(函館国際ホテル)
            Hakodate Classic Hotels(函館クラシックホテルズ)
            Guesthouse TAKADA(ゲストハウス タカダ)
            HP
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            House Yamada(ハウス ヤマダ)
            HP
            Rakuten
            Homestay Plus Hakodate(ホームステイ プラス 函館)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Guesthouse Hakodate Bay(ゲストハウスはこだてベイ)
            HP
            Jalan
            HOTEL&SPA CENTURY MARINA HAKODATE(センチュリーマリーナ函館)
            Hakodate Danshaku Club Hotel & Resorts(HAKODATE 男爵倶楽部 HOTEL&RESORTS)
            APA Hotel Hakodate Ekimae(アパホテル函館駅前)
            Henmi Ryokan(辺見旅館)
            Hotel Heart Inn(ホテルハートイン)
            Hotel Hakodate Royal(ホテル函館ロイヤル)
            Hotel Paco Hakodate(天然温泉 ホテルパコ函館)
            Super Hotel Hakodate(スーパーホテル函館)
            Hotel Suncity Hakodate(ホテルサンシティー函館)
            A-GATE Hotel Hakodate(A‐GATE HOTEL)
            Hotel Promote Hakodate(ホテルプロモート函館)
            Comfort Hotel Hakodate(コンフォートホテル函館)
            Hotel New Ohte(ホテルニューオーテ)
            Four Points by Sheraton Hakodate(フォーポイントバイシェラトン函館)
            Smile Hotel Hakodate(スマイルホテル函館)
            Hotel Tetora Hakodate Ekimae(ホテルテトラ函館駅前)
            Oyado Aozora(おやど青空)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Hotel Sharoum Inn 2(ホテルシャローム・イン2)
            Hotel All In Stay Hakodate(ホテルオールインステイ函館)
            HP
            Capsule Hotel Hakodate(カプセルホテル函館)
            Hakodate Park Hotel(函館パークホテル)
            Seaside Hotel Kamome(シーサイドホテルかもめ)
            Condominium Panoramique Motomachi(コンドミニアム パノラミック元町)
            HP
            Hotel Resol Hakodate(ホテルリソル函館)
            Condominium Stella Site(コンドミニアム ステラサイト)
            HP
            Route Inn Grantia Hakodate Ekimae(ルートイングランティア函館駅前)
            Seoul Garden(ホテル ソウルガーデン)
            HP
            Pension Puppy Tail(ペンション パピィーテール)
            Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Daimon(東横イン函館駅前大門)
            Booking
            Toyoko Inn Hakodate Ekimae Asaichi(東横イン函館駅前朝市)
            Booking
            Hotel Ekimae(ホテル駅前)
            Booking
            Pension Haikarakan(ペンション はいから館)
            Booking
            Rakuten
            Pension Country Born(ペンション カントリーボーン)
            Booking
            SMALL TOWN HOSTEL Hakodate(スモールタウン ホステル 函館)
            Booking
            Pension Yumekukan(ペンション 夢空館)
            Booking
            THE SHARE HOTELS HakoBA Hakodate(ザ・シェアホテルズ HakoBA 函館)
            Booking
            Family Lodge Hatagoya Hakodate Branch(ファミリーロッジ旅籠屋・函館店)
            Booking
            Hotel Kikuya(ホテル キクヤ)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Minshuku Ryokan Nagashima(民宿旅館 長島)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Minshuku Sumitomo(民宿 住友)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Minshuku Fukufuku(民宿 福ふく)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Lime Light(ライム・ライト)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Pension Omotesando(ペンション表参道)
            HP
            Booking
            Minshuku Funami(民宿 フナミ)
            HP
            Booking
            Jalan
            Booking.com

            A page of Hakodate is here

            Hakodate

            A page of Hokkaido Fall Foliage is here

            Hokkaido Fall Foliage

            By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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