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Japan's northernmost point is windy and empty. In the short summer season, tiny alpine flowers bloom in coastal grasslands and on rocky outcrops overlooking the sea. In winter, little happens as people batten down the hatches. Come here only when you've already seen Daisetsu and Shiretoko. Visitors journey here for the hiking, flowers, bragging rights of having seen Japan’s northernmost
extremity, and the solitude found in such edge-of-the-world places.
A good touring base for eastern Hokkaido, Abashiri is a small town in the shadow of Tento-san. On the town outskirts are shallow coastal lakes...