The pleasure of traveling without a plan
When you think of travel in Nakafurano, the bustling lavender fields in summer may come to mind, but did you know that you could also spend a quiet, relaxing time in the town? With the long distances involved in traveling around Hokkaido, you may find it appealing to have your own favorite spot where you can just chill out and do nothing if you so wished. Imagine how it would feel. You wake up unhurriedly in the morning and spend hours in the hotel or inn absorbed in your favorite book. It might seem like a waste of a day on your trip, but you’ll be surprised at how energizing and fulfilling it can be.
A tranquil experience of Japanese tea
If you feel like taking a rest from your book, why not go for a tea break… with a Japanese tea ceremony. At Omotesenke Tea Ceremony Class Chacha, you can experience the Omotesenke style of preparing green tea. Enjoy two different kinds of green tea and seasonal Japanese sweets, all in the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese room decorated with a kakejiku scroll and an ikebana flower arrangement.
A quiet lunch at a cafe surrounded by rustic scenery
When you get hungry, you can go for a short drive to a nearby cafe. In Nakafurano, you can find an elegant cafe situated in the middle of a farm field. Built on a renovated Japanese house, the spacious interior is filled with antique tables and chairs and an inviting counter. You might have a hard time choosing where to sit.
Relax in an open-air bath with a view
A trip to Hokkaido won’t be complete without experiencing one of the natural hot springs in the island. In Nakafurano, the onsen is hypotonic and weakly alkaline, with a tinge of yellow. At the open-air bath, you can rejuvenate your body while admiring a view of the Tokachidake mountains under the sunset or starry night sky.
Rolling hills bathed in the sunset glow
Before retiring to your lodging place, take a short drive to a secluded spot to enjoy a great view of the sunset. While sunsets are easy to take for granted in our busy lives, taking the time to watch one in the countryside can be a truly uplifting experience.
Under the glow of a star-filled night sky
Away from the bright lights of the town, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the sky filled with countless stars. Take a deep breath of the crisp air and enjoy the perfect end to a day that will surely be a long lasting memory.