After escaping the city traffic of Sapporo I drove for a few hours deep into the interior of Hokkaido. The rain from the dying typhoon above me would be pouring down the whole time, making this first day of driving a bit more challenging that I had originally hoped. My goal that day was to eventually reach the town of Asahidake Onsen in Daisetsuzan National Park but along the way I’d be making a couple of stops. The first was at Panorama Road, which is a bit south of the town of Biei.
Panorama Road isn’t a single road but rather an area of scenic farmland. During summer the gentle hills of Panorama Road are an explosion of color and the area is known in particular for its large fields of flowers. I was unfortunately there too late in the year for flowers and most of the fields only had green shoots coming out of the ground but it was still a nice place to stop on my drive to Daisetsuzan. If I had more time and if it wasn’t raining I would have explored the area more thoroughly and tried out the walking trails over at Shikisai Hill. I guess I can make that a travel goal for whenever I’m next in Hokkaido.