From prestigious resort hotels and traditional Japanese-style inns to friendly hostels and comfy campgrounds, we sum up some of the places where you can stay in Eastern Hokkaido to suit your accommodation needs and budgets.
Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort
Framed by the seemingly endless panorama of the Sea of Okhotsk, this large-scale resort in Shiretoko has facilities such as saunas and footbaths. Guests can even reserve slots for ice walks and whale-watching tours.
Tokachigawa Onsen Daiichi Hotel
Consisting of two buildings with both modern and traditional tatami rooms, this ryokan features open-air baths which overlook mountains. Take a long soak in its amber-coloured hot spring waters, said to be extremely rare.
La Vista Akangawa Hotel
Opened in 2015, this 5-star hotel/ryokan is located next to a river and situated in the middle of a tranquil forest, so you can look forward to a rejuvenating stay surrounded by Mother Nature.
A traditional hotel that offers guests a true taste of Japan, the rooms here are spacious, and guests can opt to have a sumptuous kaiseki dinner made with local produce.
This guesthouse is an ideal option for travelers looking to experience heartwarming Japanese hospitality. Located right by the sea, you can even choose to stay in rooms with fantastic ocean views.
A boutique luxury hideaway perched on the shores of Lake Kussharo, this hotel only accommodates up to eight guests at any time. Look out for Hokkaido sika deer and Ezo red foxes that wander around the area!
New Akan Hotel
An elegant spa hotel standing at the banks of Lake Akan, it is especially known for having an outdoor bath on the top floor that commands stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
(This feature was adapted from WAttention Singapore, Sep/Oct 2018, Vol. 46)