Unkai Terrace & Cable Car at Tomamu in Hokkaido Japan

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Published on March 13, 2013 by Chris

The Unkai Terrace is a scenic viewing terrace that is on a high mountain peak that is often “above the clouds.” Unkai Terrace is located in the resort town of Tomamu in Hokkaido Japan, about a 2.5 hour drive from Sapporo. The word “Unkai” in Japanese means “sea of clouds” and the natural phenomena only occurs occasionally, typically on summer mornings at this location. To visit the Unkai Terrace you take a ropeway/cablecar for about 10 minutes to an elevation of up to 1100m. At the top of the ropeway there are a couple of viewing platforms, a Tokyo Soup Stock (for breakfast), and some hiking trails. Make sure to go early, because this is an early morning activity. The cable car opened at 4:10am and closed at 10:00am the day we were there. Even if you don’t get to see the actual “sea of clouds”, it’s still a pretty fun ride up to the top.

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