Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island at northern extremity, surrounded by sea in all directions. Hokkaido is climatically different from Honshu (The largest island of Japan) and imbued with Ainu culture which promotes co-existence with nature, making the lifestyle of Hokkaido spiritually sound. Hokkaido’s summer is cool with low humidity, and has no rainy season. In winter, the region facing the Sea of Japan experiences heavy snowfall, but in the region facing the Pacific, clear skies prevail for relatively long periods. The island is gaining popularity as a tourist destination throughout the four seasons.

Asahiyama Zoo
Asahiyama Zoo is famous for its unique way of animal exhibition.
You can see the penguins swimming in the tunnel-shaped underwater walkway a …  more »
Biei Hills
Against the backdrop of Tokachi-dake mountain range, you can see the patchwork of potato and wheat fields on the Biei hills.
The hills lie on …  more »
Christmas Tree
The European spruce tree standing alone at the southern area of Biei Hills is called “Christmas Tree” from its beautiful conical shape.
The t …  more »
Lake Mashu-ko
Lake Mashu-ko is is about 15 kilometers south-east of Kawayu Onsen Hot Spring.
This a crater lake formed by an eruption 7,000 years ago.
It i …  more »
Lake Shikotsu-ko
Lake Shikotsu-ko, a volcanic caldera lake 40.3 kilometers around, was created by a major eruption 40,000 years ago.
It is the second deepest  …  more »
Lake Toya-ko
Lake Toya-ko is a caldera lake with the circumference of 43 kilimeters and the maximum depth of 180 meters.
It abounds with fish (especially  …  more »
Moss Canyon (Koke-no-Domon)
Koke-no-Domon is one of the popular sightseeing spots around Lake Shikotsu-ko.
The 10 meters high, 420 meters long canyon was formed by the l …  more »
Noboribetsu Onsen Hot Spring
Noboribetsu Onsen Hot Spring is considered to be one of the most pre-eminent hot-spring resorts in Japan.
It lies at an altitude of 200 meter …  more »
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Northern Horse Park
Northern Horse Park is a 50,000 square meters horse-themed park.
In this park, you can enjoy horse riding, carriage riding, cycling, mini-go …  more »
Onuma Quasi-National Park
Onuma Quasi-National Park contains a trio of lakes beneath Mt. Komagatake, the volcano that formed the lakes when it erupted.
There are sever …  more »
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Rusutsu Resort
Rusutsu Resort is one of the largest resort area in Hokkaido.

Surrounded by Shikotsu-Toya National Park, there are ski slopes, an amusemen …  more »

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Shiretoko-hanto Peninsula
Shiretoko-hanto Peninsula is located in north-east part of Hokkaido.
The peninsula with rich natural environment is the first place which its …  more »
Shiretoko-toge Pass
Shiretoko-toge Pass is at the highest point of the National Route 334 (Shiretoko-odan Road), a 27 kilometers long road which crosses Shiretok …  more »

Sapporo, Hokkaido

Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and functions efficiently as the hub of the island in the fields of politics, culture and economy. Located in the scenic central part of Hokkaido, the nation’s 5th largest city also boasts an abundance of tourist attractions, enticing millions of visitors all year round. Its full-scale development, along with that of the vast island itself, began in 1869 when the Japanese government established the Hokkaido Colonization Office. Unlike any other city in Japan, it forms a vast green land of many parks. The streets are laid out in checkerboard fashion and are also named and numbered consecutively.
Sapporo is the air gateway to Hokkaido, a starting point for a tour of the island. With its two airports – New Chitose and Okadama – the capital city is conveniently connected to Honshu, the main island, as well as to the main cities of Hokkaido. The city is also linked with Hakodate, a major gateway to Hokkaido, by limited express trains.

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Aka-Renga)
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building is a stately red brick structure designed to house the Colonization Commission.
The building was c …  more »
Historical Museum of Hokkaido
Located in Nopporo Forest Park, Historical Museum of Hokkaido is the largest history museum in Hokkaido.
The museum was established to celebr …  more »
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Historical Village of Hokkaido
Local buildings built in the Meiji (1868 – 1912) and Taisho (1912 – 1926) Periods are gathered here.
You can see an old fisherman’s house, ol …  more »
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Hohei-kan is a Western-style building stands in Nakajima Park.
It is designated as a national important cultural property.

The building was …  more »

Hokkaido University Botanic Garden
Hokkaido University Botanic Garden was opened in 1886 as the Japan’s first modern botanic garden.
Even though located in the center of Sappor …  more »
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Hokkaido University Museum
Hokkaido University began in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College to train youths for the colonization and development of
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Hokkaido-jingu Shrine
Hokkaido-jingu Shrine was built by the Meiji government in 1869 to enshrine the deities of development and protect the pioneers of Hokkaido.
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Jozankei Onsen Hot Spring
Jozankei is located on the upper reaches of Toyohira River, surrounded by the high cliffs.
Since Jozankei is close to Sapporo, and a rich yi …  more »
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Maruyama Zoo
Maruyama Zoo is located in Maruyama Park.
It is one of the largest zoos in Hokkaido, and approximately 1,000 mammals, birds and reptiles of  …  more »
Mount Moiwa-yama
Located at 4.7 kilometers southwest of JR Sapporo Station, Mt. Moiwa-yama is an ideal hiking and skiing ground for the citizens.
There is a  …  more »
Nakajima Park
Nakajima Park contains Nakajima Sports Center, Japanese garden, and other facilities.
It also contains two important cultural properties.
One …  more »
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Nopporo Forest Park
Nopporo Forest Park is a large park which has 17 walking trails.
There are also Historical Museum of Hokkaido and Historical Village of Hokka …  more »
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Odori Park
Odori Park is a 1.5-kilometer long and 65-meter wide park stretching from east to west in the city center of Sapporo.
There are fountains, fl …  more »
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Okura-yama Viewing Point (Okura-yama Jump Stadium / Sapporo Winter Sports Museum)
Okura-yama Jump Stadium, or also called “Okura-yama Schanze”, is a 90-meter jump hill commanding a panoramic view of the city and its surroun …  more »
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Sapporo Beer Museum / Sapporo Beer Garden
Sapporo Beer is the first beer brewery by Japanese, set up in 1876.
The 120-year old building used to be a sugar and beer factory and is open …  more »
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Sapporo Chikagai Underground Pedestrian Space
Sapporo Chikagai Underground Pedestrian Space is divided by a concourse into two sections — Pole Town and Aurora Town.

Pole Town stretches …  more »

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Sapporo Clock Tower
The building of Sapporo Clock Tower was built in 1878 by the advice from William Smith Clark, a professor who established the Sapporo Agricul …  more »
Sapporo TV Tower
The 147.2 meters tall Sapporo TV Tower stands at the east side of Odori Park.
It was built in 1957 as a radio tower to begin TV broadcasts in …  more »
Seikatei was built by the Hokkaido Development Commission in 1880 as a reception hall for the distinguished guests.
The Emperor Meiji visited …  more »
Shiroi-Koibito Park
“Shiroi-Koibito” is a famous cookie produced by the Sapporo-based confectionery maker Ishiya-Seika.
The cookie, which is sold only in Hokkai …  more »
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Susukino is the largest nightlife district north to Tokyo.
The Sapporo’s major nightlife spot accommodates about 4,500 of restaurants, bars,  …  more »
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Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade
Tanukikoji is the oldest shopping district in Hokkaido, built in 1873.
It is a one kilometer street extending eight blocks from east to west, …  more »
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Hakodate, Hokkaido

Hakodate is the third largest city in Hokkaido, spreads out, like a fan from the foot of Mt. Hakodate on the southwest to the sandbar on the northeast of the Hakodate Peninsula. Streetcars, unchanged since olden times, can be seen running leisurely on the streets. Hakodate is a flourishing port as well as a gateway to Hokkaido, conveniently linked with Honshu mainland by underwater tunnel train, ferry boat and plane. The city of Hakodate is strongly influenced by the exchange of cultures between Western countries and itself. It is one of the port cities, like Yokohama and Kobe, that was opened to foreign trade in 1859.

Cape Tachimachi-misaki
Cape Tachimachi-misaki is famous for its panoramic view of Omorihama coastline and splendid striped cliffs at the base of Mt. Hakodate.
You c …  more »
Goryokaku Park / Goryokaku Tower
Goryokaku, a five-cornered fort, is Japan’s first Western-style fort.
The fort was completed in 1864 after 7 years of construction work.
Hiji …  more »
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Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church
Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church is the oldest Eastern Orthodox Church in Japan, established in 1859 by the Russian Orthodox priest Nikolai K …  more »
Mount Hakodate-yama
Mt. Hakodate, 334 meters above sea level, can be ascended by bus in 30 minutes from JR Hakodate Station or 3 minutes by ropeway from the foot …  more »
Trappistine Convent
Trappistine Convent is Japan’s oldest convent founded by the nuns from France in 1898.
The current red-brick building was constructed in 1927 …  more »
Yachigashira Spa
Yachigashira Spa is a large public bathhouse operated by Hakodate City.
The public bath opens from early morning and accommodates 600 people. …  more »
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Yunokawa Onsen Hot Spring
Yunokawa Onsen is the oldest hot-spring resort in Hokkaido.
It is said that the wounded warriors healed themselves here during the time of th …  more »
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Otaru, Hokkaido

Otaru, an exotic city with a long history and an atmosphere of romanticism, was loved by luminaries such as Takuboku Ishikawa and Takiji Kobayashi. Take a stroll through the city and enjoy the same breeze they would have felt in those days.
Otaru is also a treasure of great food. Visitors shouldn’t pass up the chance to try its fresh, delicious shushi and other seafood dishes. Eat your fill of local seafood and try a variety of seasonal delicacies.

Former Hokkaido Bank Head Office (Otaru Bine)
The building of former Hokkaido Bank Head Office, built in 1912, emanates an air of grandeur that is unique to bank architecture.
It is chara …  more »
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Otaru Aquarium
Otaru Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Hokkaido.
It exhibits 5,000 fishes and animals of 250 species mainly from the sea, lakes and rivers …  more »
Otaru Canal
This area is Otaru’s most popular tourist spot.
The canal, 1,140 meters in length and 20 to 40 meters in width, built in 1923, was used to di …  more »
Otaru Canal Plaza (Former Otaru Warehouse)
Otaru Canal Plaza is a renovated historic Former Otaru Warehouse built in 1893 that now houses souvenir shops, a tourist information center,  …  more »
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Otaru Canal Terminal
The European-style building is the former Otaru branch of Mitsubishi Bank, built in 1922.
It is now used as Otaru Canal Terminal, a commercia …  more »
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Otaru Music Box Museum (Otaru Orgel Doh)
This museum dedicated to music boxes features a collection of some 3,400 music boxes from around the world.
The building was constructed in 1 …  more »
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Otaru Sushi Street
Otaru is famous for its sushi because the city has been developed as a fishing port and fresh seafood can be found at reasonable prices.
It i …  more »
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Otaru Taisho Glass Palace
Otaru Taisho Glass Palace is a hall where visitors can taste the atmosphere of the city in the good old days and enjoy the gentleness of glas …  more »
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