Driving The Niseko Panorama Line In Autumn
From Niseko to Iwanai, enjoy spectacular views and the colours of autumn along this pleasant scenic drive.
Who doesn't just love just hitting the road and feeling the freedom that comes with exploring new places? With the autumn leaves out on show and local autumnal delicacies ready to be tasted, October is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty along the road of the Niseko Panorama Line.
Starting your journey at Niseko-cho on highway road 66, you'll enjoy views of the magnificent Mount Yotei and Niseko-Annupuri mountain ranges. You'll travel to the highest point of your trip which is Chisenupuri Pass, also the boundary between Rankoshi and Kyowa. Here you can explore several marshes and lakes including Shinsen Marsh, one of the most beautiful around Niseko. There is a resting house with parking right in the middle of the Panorama Line, with the walk to the marsh a leisurely 15-20 minutes. A great pit stop!
As you pass the borders of Rankoshi and Kyowa you will marvel in the stunning views of the golden leaves of Erman’s birch trees, which make up much of the glorious autumn foliage on show.
As you journey from the section of road at Kyowa you can overlook the breathtaking panoramic views of the Shakotan Peninsula with the blue water of the Sea of Japan. This is definitely a picture-perfect moment!
The last stop on your trip will be the the coastal town, and one of the oldest in the region, Iwanai. Being so close to the ocean and with the town's origins as a fishing village dating back to 1450, it means there's plenty of delicious fresh seafood to try! The local culinary specialties include cod roe, Tatsukama (fish cakes makes with cod sperm sacs), dried herring, and sushi.
The Niseko Panoramic Line is around 45km in length and takes about 50 minutes to drive. To get yourself a set of wheels to hit the road, why not hire a car for your stay in Niseko!
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Road closures for winter:
Please note road 66 (Panorama Line) between Yukichichibu and Iwanai town will be closed from 24 October to 28 April, 2017 for winter.