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From the mountains to the sea - Part one

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From the mountains to the sea - Part one

When people think of Niseko, they usually imagine incredible powder skiing, hot ramen and snowy vistas. Contrastingly few people associate Niseko with the ocean but surprisingly our snowy mountain town is just a 45 minute drive to closest coast and not much further to 7 distinctly different coastal areas including Toyoura, Shakotan, Otaru, Minato, Kamoenai, Noboribetsu and Shimamaki. Below we share a little of some of the great experiences these Hokkaido destinations offer  all of which are on Niseko's door step.

The first of which is Kamoenai, about an hours drive drive to the north west of Hirafu.

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A google map of the route to Kamoenai
Just an hours drive through rural Japan, Kamoenai is a great day trip

The drive to Kamoenai is a pleasure in its self, long stright roads through rice paddies and farm land provide a window into rural japan. Route 5 follws the path of Horikappu River from its headwaters to it's mouth at the sea.

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A river runs between green trees
The road to the coast follows the Horikappu River and its tributaries

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A house behind a rice paddie
The drive to the coast is a great opportunity to explore rural Hokkaido.

Once the road reaches the sea the landscape changes dramatically with coastal cliffs, tunnels and a impressive viaduct structures negotiating rugged terrain. Once you hit these you know you are have reached the destination and the road swiftly descends in the Kamoenai Village.

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A large viaduct sweeps around the coast
Impressive infrastructure paves the way to Kamoenai and Shakotan beyond.

Here you will find a quaint little sea side communituy that has a surpring amount to offer including an onsen, great coastal views, camping, fishing, surfing and delicious sushi. In the summer months the water warms to around 20 degress so a dip in the sea is a must and if you like what you're seeing why not make a night of it with camping facilities right on the beach.

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A surfer rides a small wave
During the autumn months you may even find surf at Kamoenai

If you are in the area late in summer or early autumn there may even be an opportunity for surfing, with a left hand point break breaking consistently on the right day. Later in the year the surf gets bigger as the same storms that bring snow to Niseko push in for winter. The water not surprisingly gets dranatically colder then too!

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A large cabin with view of the sea below
The Kamoenai campground has a range of cabins available

If camping on the beach isn't to your taste there are fantastic cabins on the cliffs above with sea views, tons of space for the kids to play and a variety of accommodation options. Kamoenai is a great place to explore on a day trip, for a night or two camping or as a stop off on the way to the blue waters of Shakotan another adventure we will bring you soon!

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A tent pitched on green grass by the sea
One of two camp sites in the village, dinner at the beach!

If you have any questions on Kamoenai or any other summer or winter activities please feel free to get in touch, you can reach us anytime on (res@holidayniseko.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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