It's little wonder the area around Rausu is such a hotspot for travelers; the surrounding region features numerous terrific cultural and natural attractions. Shari and Nakashibetsu are two more places worth checking out while you're in Hokkaido.
Hokkaido is blessed with a deep spiritual life; learn more about is at the area's many shrines. Fuel your mind by spending a few hours at Hokkaido's great nature museums, indoor markets and history museums.
If you are seeking a unique way to enjoy Hokkaido, have a go at hot air ballooning. Relax upon the water with a spot of rafting or boating.
There is no better method to learn about the place you are traveling through than trying the food from the region. Sea urchin and squid are commonly used ingredients in this part of the world. Of course no trip to this region would be finished without tasting ishikari nabe (salmon and vegetable stew) or ruibe (sliced raw salmon).
The real meaning of a region lives not just within its mountains, but also within its words. Making the effort to learn just a few common Japanese words, sayings and salutations will make your vacation in Rausu much more meaningful. An example of such a sentence is "Isshoni odorimasenka?" (Would you like to dance with me?). And also "Benjo wa doko desu ka?", which translates as "Where's the toilet?"
At the end of your holiday in Rausu, use the last of your yen on last minute keepsakes for the folks at home and bid a fond Sayōnara (farewell).