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Cycling Across Hokkaido, Japan (Day 8): Rest day and eating local foods at Akan

Posted on Aug 22, 2014
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Essentially, the Akan Nature Recreation Campground (阿寒自然休養村野営場) is in a perfect location for spending a leisurely day. There is the International Akan Crane Center over the road, as well as a few road-side stalls selling local produce. And the icing on the cake is the Circle House Red Valley onsen hotel just 5 minutes walk away.

Last updated Oct 14, 2018

0km logged today. All spent in this general vicinity: https://goo.gl/maps/LTTV6

Akan Nature Recreation Campground (Akan, Hokkaido, Japan) | 阿寒自然休養村野営場

Essentially, the Akan Nature Recreation Campground (阿寒自然休養村野営場) is in a perfect location for spending a leisurely day. There is the International Akan Crane Center over the road, as well as a few road-side stalls selling local produce. And the icing on the cake is the Circle House Red Valley onsen hotel just 5 minutes walk away.

So we woke up late, had a look at the crane center (worth the visit), and bought some local veges for a delicious lunch of curried pumpkin and potatoes.

Local produce bought from farm stalls near the International Akan Crane Center (Akan, Hokkaido, Japan)

Stock for the curry was made using local Hokkaido dried shitake mushrooms. Delicious.

Dried Hokkaido shitake mushrooms bought near the International Akan Crane Center (Akan, Hokkaido, Japan)

Even the milk we used for our muesli this morning was local: locally produced milk from the Konsen region.

Local Hokkaido milk (Akan, Hokkaido)

It feels like such a novelty and a luxury to consume locally produced foods…we are such city-kids *sigh*.

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Cycling Across Hokkaido, Japan (Day 8): Rest day and eating local foods at Akan Difficulty Rating

Category

Grade

Points

Strenuousness

Vertical Gain

D

25

Time ascending

D

0

Technicality

Altitude

D

0

Hazards

D

Navigation

D

Totals

25/100

GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.