Cotton grass at its best in moor

This is the prime season to view cotton grass in the high moor around the Kagaminuma Marsh on the hillside of Mt. Niseko Annupuri in Central Hokkaido’s Kutchan Town.

White puffs of cotton grass swaying softly in the green moor announce the arrival of early summer. Cotton grass grows in clusters in moors throughout Hokkaido and forms puffs approximately 3 cm in diameter at the heads of stems in June and July. Its prime season lasts until early July.

There are two trekking courses to Kagaminuma, and the route going up from the parking lot of the Hanazono Golf Course takes about 50 min. on foot. Trekking shoes or boots are necessary.