Indeed, Kiroro, or more accurately the entire Kita-Shiri region, is a joy to visit any time. Stretching from Otaru to Shakotan along the coast, it’s scenically beautiful and socially vibrant year-round.
Some of the views of the mountain and coastal scenery are best enjoyed on foot. Regardless of age and energy, there are hiking trails and walking paths to suit all, including a newly created 4-hour trek covering 4km lined with flowers and beautiful views.
At 1,180m elevation, Green Mountain – Mt. Asari – also offers trekking and walking paths that reveal undisturbed natural beauty. Or glide to the summit of Mt. Asari by gondola and drink in the scenery across Kiroro forest. Another routes leads from the summit of Asari to the summit of Yoichi (1,488m) where you can see all of Ishikari bay, Shakotan Peninsular, Mt Yotei and the mountains of Niseko is one dramatic panorama.
To see even more, Kitashiri lends itself to road trips. It’s easy to rent a car and illustrated maps make finding your way around simple.
The “Kiroro Original Driving Guide” unfolds towns, villages and countryside over two days. Along the way you can pick fruit in farms, devour delicious seafood, witness whisky, wine and sake crafts, and more.