Updated: November 06, 2018
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Check This Off Your Bucket List: The Unkai Terrace

"Unkai" (雲海), means sea of clouds. This is a dream destination and appears in many travel guides as a must-go to place, as it overwhelmingly beautiful. Can you imagine sitting on a terrace, sipping a cup of tea while floating in an ocean of clouds? It's something right out of a dream!

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Unkai Terrace

When you were a child and sitting on the grass, did you ever wish you could reach out your hands and touch the beautiful white clouds? And you probably also asked yourself what texture it must have, is it soft like cotton candy?

Well, going to the Unkai terrace, you'll be able to realize a childhood dream and walk amongst the clouds.

The Unkai Terrace opened in 2006 and offers many attractions, such as the "Cloud Walk". It is located at a 1,088 m height, so it is way above sea level, where the clouds start to form.

It is open from May 13th 2017, to October 16th, 2017. You need to go very early in the morning in order to enjoy the spectacular view.

Attractions

In order to view the "unkai" from different perspectives, there are different decks set up to walk around on. The most famous one is "the cloud walk" because it feels as though you are walking into the clouds.
There is also a Cloud Pool, where people can sit in a giant hammock and feel like they are floating on a beautiful white, fluffy cloud!
At the Countour Bench, you can sit on the benches, designed to follow the mountain's curves. Dancing before your eyes, you will see the sea of clouds changing. What a sight!

Where to eat

You can enjoy some hot drinks to heat you up as it gets very cold, even in the summer! You can have hot cocoa, coffee, etc. Or some other cloud themed drinks.

Price

Gondola fees:
-Adult(age 13 and over)  ¥1,900
-Child(age 7〜12)  ¥1,200
-Child(age 4〜6)  ¥0
-Pets  ¥500

How to get there

From Sapporo, it is around a 3h by bus, or 1h40 by JR Limited Express train to the Hoshino Resorts.
You can take the Gondola from the Hoshino Resorts Tamamu to get to the terrace.
While sitting on the breath-taking terrace, and sipping on a cup of hot coffee, you can see the clouds roll by like a calm ocean.
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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