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4.-Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Hokkaido

Within easy access of Sapporo is Shikotsu-Toya National Park. This is one of Hokkaido's most beautiful parks but also one of its most developed. The centerpieces of Shikotsu-Toya National Park are two volcanic lakes: Toyako (Lake Toyako) and Shikotsuko (Lake Shikotsuko). Both lakes are very pretty and have excellent hiking trails.


Transportation: From JR Sapporo train station, it is a 1 hour 47 train ride to Toyako Onsen (Lake Toyako Hot Spring) on the Limited Express "Hokuto" or "Super Hokuto."

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5.-Old Nagasendo Highway, Nagano Prefecture

Within the Kiso Valley in Nagano, this was once a popular highway used by provincial lords, samurai attendants, merchants, and salesmen during the Edo Period.


Transportation: take the JR Limited Express Shinano at JR Nagoya train station to JR Nagiso train station.

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6.-Yufuin Onsen (Yufuin Hot Spring), Oita Prefecture, Kyushu

West of the popular hot spring resort of Beppu on Kyushu Island lies the pretty and peaceful hot spring town of Yufuin. There are 12 public hot spring baths as well as a outdoor hot spring for bathers to enjoy.


Transportation: take the JR Limited Express train (Yufuin Nomori) from JR Beppu train station to JR Yufuin train station.


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  • Updated May 21, 2005
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