Introducing Eastern Hokkaidō
Eastern Hokkaidō (道東; Dōtō) is a harsh yet hauntingly beautiful landscape that has been shaped by volcanoes and vast temperature extremes. In the winter months, dramatic ice floes off the coast of Abashiri in the Okhotsk Sea can be seen from the decks of ice-breakers. Both Akan and Shiretoko National Park, the latter a World Heritage listed site, are best explored during the mild summers when there are great hiking opportunities. Kushiro Wetlands National Park offers the chance to see the red-crested white crane, the symbol of longevity in Japan.