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Prized Whisky and Scenic Route of Hokkaido



I spent a day trip to venture more on the North Western side of Sapporo. The itinerary includes the picturesque Cape Kamui, also known locally as “Shakotan Blue” and the Nikka Whisky Distillery.

From Sapporo station, I took a train to Yoichi station and from there, another 2-hour bus ride to Cape Kamui, easily a one-day trip away from the city!

Tip: A well plan itinerary is required due to the infrequent bus schedule.


The distillery is 7-min walk from Yoichi station. If you have time before your bus ride, I recommend taking a free, guided tour around the distillery to learn more about Japan’s top whisky makers especially if you are a big fan of this smooth alcoholic beverage. Souvenir shops and free sampling  are also available!


Cape Kamui was easily one of my most memorable spots in Hokkaido as it is surrounded by clear blue waters and luscious greens. You can easily lose track of time just admiring its beauty but if you are taking the bus make sure not to miss the last ride back to Otaru. The last bus can be as early as 15:17, driving here would give you more time flexibility. *The bus to Cape Kamui is only available 18/4-18/10 as of 2020.   



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