Top 10 Things to do in Hokkaido

by Amy - TripleLights travel specialist
 
 
 
 

Japan's northernmost island  is a haven for beautiful nature and world reknowned ski slopes. It is a popular destination during the winter with tourists who wish to go skiing or see the Sapporo Snow Festival. The island can be reached by plane or even shinkansen from the main island Honshu. 

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1. Asahiyama Zoo

Top 10 Things to do in Hokkaido

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Impressive for its various methods to charm visitors with the animals’ lifestyles and conduct
Asahiyama Zoo is not just limited to the animals but also covers the natural ecologies that thrive there. There have been particular efforts given to breeding in the cold regions, and the zoo has been successful in the natural reproduction of animals such as polar bears.

Displays that have become famous overnight Currently visited by over 3 million people annually, Asahikawa Zoo has naturally been popular with the Japanese but has also attracted overseas tourists. In the 1990s, annual visits had dropped to 200,000 people, but through various tactics to be able to view the animals up close and have them live in their own environments, it progressed to the point of becoming Japan’s No. 1 zoo. As a good example in recreating different regions, it is a zoo that has gotten attention from the rest of the nati...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:30 AM ~ 3:30 PM )
Please check the homepage for opening schedule

Phone
0166-36-1104
Price
- Adult: 820 JPY
Website
www5.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp

Mt. Hakodate

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The 3 Michelin Star night view of Hakodate has a beauty that is a must-see
From Mt. Hakodate, you can get a panoramic view of the city of Hakodate below. In front of your very eyes, the wide Hakodate Bay and the Tsugaru Strait spread out. The expressions change with the seasons but it is especially the night view that has an overwhelming beauty.

Also enjoy the view on the ropeway There are many ways to get up to the peak. Mt. Hakodate has an altitude of 334m, and because there are paths available to get up the mountain, you can climb up there in a little under 1 hour. For example, there are gentle walking trails. You can also try recommended routes to reach the peak while feeling the nature of Mt. Hakodate. As well, there are tour buses and a direct bus from JR Hakodate Station to the peak, but a ride to the top on the ropeway via a large gondola is wonderful. The gondola holds 125 p...

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Price
- Adult: 660 JPY
- Child: 330 JPY
Admission is required when using the ropeway to get up the mountain.

Website
www.334.co.jp

2. Cape Kamui

Top 10 Things to do in Hokkaido

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The contrast between the clear blue sea and the rugged precipices is amazing
At the most popular Cape Kamui of Shakotan, a 300-degree view can be seen from the tip of the cape that protrudes into the deep sea.

The beauty of the Shakotan Blue is breathtaking Shakotan in Hokkaido is a beautiful marine tourist destination that has been designated as the prefecture’s only “underwater quasi-national park” where the clear blue of the ocean is known as Shakotan Blue. Cape Kamui is located on the Shakotan Peninsula overlooking some steep precipices for which there is a 770-meter nature trail known as the Charenka Route starting from the parking area. After walking the route for 20 to 30 minutes, a huge 300-degree panoramic view will sprea...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 3:30 PM )
The opening and closing of the gates will differ depending on the time
April 8:00am~6:00pm
May 8:00am~7:00pm
June 8:00am~7:30pm
July 8:00am~7:00pm
August~October 8:00am~6:30pm
November     8:00am~5:00pm
December~March 10:00m~3:30pm

Phone
0135-44-3715
Website
www.kanko-shakotan.jp

3. Shiretoko Five Lakes

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Experience the nature of Shiretoko via a wooden boardwalk going to the first lake and nature trails that can be walked upon throughout the five lakes
The expansive landscape of the World Natural Heritage site of Shiretoko can be witnessed at Shiretoko Five Lakes. It is also the natural habitat of the brown bear, and a tourist spot whose untouched nature can be enjoyed.

Take 2 ways to walk around the area Shiretoko Five Lakes is surrounded by a primeval forest and the Shiretoko Mountains. Within this region of lush flora and fauna, you can experience the grandness of nature here. There are 2 ways to navigate through Shiretoko Five Lakes. First, there is the wooden boardwalk course which has a total length of 800m and goes as far as the shores of one of the lakes. The boardwalk ranges from 2 to 5 meters in height and there is an electric fence with 7000 volts of current running around it so in the unlikely ev...

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Business hours
- Everyday (7:30 AM ~ 6:30 PM )
Wooden boardwalk: 7:30am-6:30pm(refer to the homepage for any changes due to the season)
Nature trails: 7:30am-6:30pm

Phone
0152-24-3323
Price
- Free
However, there is a fee-required period depending on the nature trail (refer to homepage).
Website
www.goko.go.jp

4. Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium

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The wide panorama of Sapporo and the Ishikari Plain can be seen from the observation lounge
One of the settings for the 1972 Winter Olympics. Even now, it is an active ski jump facility used for numerous international competitions. The view from the observation lounge is a must-see.

The Okurayama-Schanze that was used in the Olympics The Okurayama-Schanze was the ski jump platform that was used for the 90m jump when the Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo in 1972. Currently, many international competitions are still held there, and not only is it an active jump facility, but it also has modern equipment to handle summer jumps and night jumps. For those folks who knew about the Olympics back then, it must be a place that brings back a lot of memories. And even for those tourists who didn’t know, it is also a place...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
Phone
011-641-8585
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
These are the lift fees.
Website
www.sapporo-dc.co.jp

5. Mt. Moiwa

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You can enjoy the 360-degree grand panorama of the scenery of Sapporo
Mt. Moiwa can be counted as having one of the Top 3 Night Views of Hokkaido alongside Hakodate and Otaru. On top of that, in the primeval forest of Mt. Moiwa that has been designated as a Natural Monument, you can encounter various examples of flora and fauna.

The grand panorama of the scenery of Sapporo There is the Mt. Moiwa Viewing Point where you can get a panoramic view over Sapporo from the 531m summit. From here, you can get a 360-degree view of the city where the Ishikari Plain and Ishikari Bay spread out. Named Inkarushibe after the Ainu word for “a place to be always climbed and look out over”, the Viewing Point is enjoyed for its dynamic view. The lovely night view that spreads out in front of you has a grandness only to be found in Hokkaido. Accordingly, the incredible beaut...

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Business hours
- Everyday
Price
- Free

6. Farm Tomita

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Enjoy the spectacular view of Japan’s largest lavender field
Hokkaido’s leading tourist spot where you can enjoy the entire day admiring the 15-hectare lavender field and cultivated flowers, along with delicious cuisine making use of local ingredients.

Japan’s No. 1 lavender field Furano City in the center of Hokkaido is especially famous for its lavender and every year, numerous tourists come and visit for that wonderful scent and view. Farm Tomita is renowned for having the largest lavender field in the Furano area. Boasting a wide 15 hectares, the peak time is in July and so the journey to the farm is notable for its traffic jams. Also, the farm’s Traditional Lavender Field has the longest history of its type in Japan. Its grand landscape unfurls like a violet carpet and the...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:30 AM ~ 4:30 PM )
Phone
0167-39-3939
Price
- Free
Website
www.farm-tomita.co.jp

7. Lake Mashū

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A beautiful crater lake in Mashū Blue whose clarity is the highest in Japan
The beautiful scene of volcano, forest and lake enjoyed in Hokkaido’s Teshikagacho District. The crater lake of Lake Mashū has also been chosen as a heritage site for the prefecture, and the surrounding area can also be enjoyed for its onsen villages.

A grand landscape born from nature Lake Mashū has a depth of up to 200 meters and is a crater lake which boasts a clarity that is one of the highest in the world. A crater lake is formed when the crater part of a volcano collapses into itself, and since there are no rivers and few impurities to flow into it, the lake water that is conserved there has a high transparency. It is a lake whose surface changes expression with the season and the daily weather. It is also a lake which is often foggy to the point that it is referred to as Foggy Lake...

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Price
- Free
Website
en.wikipedia.org

8. Odori Park

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A park spanning 1.5 kilometers from Odori Nishi 1-chome to 12-chome in the center of Sapporo
With flower beds and grass prettily arranged, this is a park which beautifully adorns the landscape of Sapporo. As a rest area for many people, it is used all throughout the year for various events.

A park in the city where you can catch your breath Odori Park continues for 1.5 km in the center of Sapporo, Hokkaido. The lush green park matches well with TV Tower and the central city streets, and it plays a role as a place of respite for the many people coming and going. Selected as one of The Top 100 Cityscapes, Odori Park has contributed to the increase in greenery within Sapporo. From April to autumn, the various flowers blooming in the area seek to calm tourists’ hearts. The flower beds during the seasons of flowers are a scenic...

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Price
- Free
Website
www.sapporo-park.or.jp

9. Blue Pond

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This mystical pond whose appearance changes depending on the season and the angle of light is a hidden must-see spot
Within the natural and hilly Biei area, this is a prominent tourist spot. Truly one of the hidden scenic sites whose entry was restricted up to 2010.

A mystical pond which shines in blue The town of Biei in Hokkaido where the Blue Pond is located is a place where you can feel the great outdoors of the prefecture through its rolling hills. Along with the Furano district, Biei is a popular area that is a member of The Association of The Most Beautiful Villages in Japan. The town has many tourist spots such as magnificent Mt. Tokachi which have been blessed by nature and are very relaxing. The Blue Pond is one other such site. It is a body of water that was created from a dam which was built...

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Price
- Free
Website
www.biei-hokkaido.jp

10. Noboribetsu Onsen

Top 10 Things to do in Hokkaido

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Hokkaido’s foremost onsen town where you can enjoy hot springs in the middle of grand Mother Nature
Noboribetsu Onsen which is easily accessible from urban centers such as Sapporo and Hakodate is far and away the most popular onsen area in Hokkaido. You can even do a day-trip tour of 14 onsen

The popular onsen area that regularly ranks highly in Japan Noboribetsu Onsen which is located close to Hokkaido Prefecture’s Noboribetsu City, is a highly popular onsen town that has gathered many fans in the nation. An area that has had a long history ranging from the Edo Era, it has garnered overwhelming fame and popularity even within the prefecture since its first onsen inn was established in the Meiji Era. Along with the fact that it has great access from Hokkaido’s urban centers, it is an onsen area with fine quality water...

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Phone
0143-84-3311
Website
www.noboribetsu-spa.jp

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