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When you think of Hokkaido, the image of a winter wonderland often comes to mind. However, this northern gem of Japan transforms into a breathtaking summer paradise when the snow melts away. Hokkaido, in summer, offers a whole new world of vibrant landscapes and exciting adventures. If you're planning an escape during the warmer months, this destination promises an unforgettable experience.

Club Med Tomamu and the upcoming Club Med Kiroro Grand, all located amid Hokkaido's picturesque landscapes, are the perfect havens for your summer getaway with all-inclusive activities, excursions, and pristine surroundings.

Not too far from resort grounds, you’ll discover that Hokkaido is full of life and cultural attractions. Here’s a short list of all the fantastic must-see attractions for your next summer escape to Japan:

Wildflower Bloom

When Hokkaido's summer arrives, wildflowers replace the snow, and the rural towns of Furano and Biei become famous for their fragrant lavender fields and other blooming flowers. The best places to experience this natural spectacle are Farm Tomita and Flower Land Kamifurano, easily accessible from New Chitose Airport. Lavender typically blooms from July to August, while various other flowers continue to blossom until October.

Lake Shikotsu

Lake Shikotsu, known for some of the clearest waters in Japan, transforms into a spectacular location during the summer. This caldera lake, surrounded by mountains, offers opportunities for swimming and clear-bottom kayaking. In early July, the Lake Shikotsu Water Festival takes place, featuring fireworks, performances, a parade, and lanterns that create a festive atmosphere.

Summer Festivals

Hokkaido's summer season comes alive with festivals that showcase the region's vibrant culture. The Sapporo Summer Festival, featuring Japan's largest beer garden, promises a lively atmosphere. Other must-visit events include the Otaru Ushio Festival and the Doshin UHB Fireworks Festival at Toyohira River in Sapporo. In addition, regional festivals in smaller towns and cities add to the summer celebration.

Unkai Terrace

Perched high in the Japanese Alps, the Unkai Terrace at Club Med Tomamu offers an enchanting escape. Set against a breathtaking natural backdrop, this exclusive retreat unveils the serene beauty of the "Unkai", or “Sea of Clouds” phenomenon.

As dawn breaks, watch in wonder as the valley below is blanketed in a sea of ethereal clouds, an awe-inspiring sight. The Unkai Terrace offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in this mystical spectacle, accessible only by a scenic gondola ride.

With majestic views, lush landscapes, and an atmosphere of pure tranquillity, it's the perfect setting to relish a moment of quiet contemplation, making it an unforgettable experience during your stay in Hokkaido.

Shirogane Blue Pond

Located in Biei, the Shirogane Blue Pond is a unique natural wonder that displays its vivid cobalt hue during late spring and summer. This stunning pond was created after the eruption of Mt. Tokachi in 1988 and provides a mesmerising reflection of the surrounding forest. Nearby attractions, such as Shirahige Falls and the Biei River with crystal-clear waters, are equally captivating.

Shiretoko National Park

For those who want to venture deeper into Hokkaido's wild beauty, Shiretoko National Park offers captivating scenery and sea vistas. Summer is the peak visiting time in this remote northeastern corner of Hokkaido. The park spans the entire Shiretoko Peninsula and offers activities such as camping, hiking, mountain climbing, and relaxing onsen baths. The Shiretoko Five Lakes, accessible via an 800-metre boardwalk, provide stunning views of the lakes, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the lush mountains.

Path of White Shells

The Hokkaido summer reveals the stunning Path of White Shells, a 3.3-kilometer footpath lined with white scallop seashells. This unique and picturesque landscape takes you through rolling hills to the sea, offering a serene and refreshing experience.

Shakotan Peninsula

On Hokkaido's west coast, the Shakotan Peninsula offers azure waters, breathtaking views, and mouthwatering seafood. The peninsula features three captivating capes: Kamui, known for steep green cliffs; Ogon, offering an observation deck near Bikuni Port; and Shakotan, featuring an onsen with a view of the sea. The clear blue waters invite you to swim, dive, and snorkel, with the area renowned for its fresh sea urchin.

Hokuryu Sunflower Village

This village offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a field of over two million sunflowers. Bursting into bloom in early August, the 23-hectare field provides a stunning backdrop for a sunflower festival. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll, bicycle rides, sightseeing bus tours, and even navigate a sunflower maze.

Delicious Local Food

No trip is complete without indulging in local cuisine. Hokkaido in summer offers a delightful culinary journey. From sea urchin bowls at Shakotan Peninsula to lavender ice cream in Furano and Biei, there's an array of delightful treats. Savour the famous Yubari melons, renowned for their sweetness. Don't miss out on fresh surumeika squid, Hanasaki crab, and an assortment of fresh produce like potatoes, pumpkin, asparagus, corn, and more. And, of course, Hokkaido's summer is incomplete without relishing their most famous seasonal dish: soba!

So, there you have it! Are you ready to experience the magic of Hokkaido in summer? Enquire with us now for a luxurious Japan summer getaway!

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