Hokkaido takes up over 1/5 of Japan’s total land. Not only is it spacious, but there are also many landscapes and climatic environments. Let’s take a look at what’s here, its connecting locations, and characteristics of the area.
Hakodate, Onuma 310 km from Sapporo
A bay area just like foreign land
A port town with an air of a foreign land lined with historical buildings such as churches and western-style houses. The night view from Mt. Hakodate is one of Japan’s most prominent sights to behold. Another popular destination, Goryoukaku, is home to bustling morning markets, and was the stage of sudden upheaval during the end of the Edo Period.
The Northern Gourmet Metropolis
Vestiges from the developmental period of Sapporo can stil be seen scattered around the city. Al the flavours of the North are gathered in this gourmet town, from Sapporo Ramen to Kaisendon to Jingisukan.
Obihiro – Tokachi 205km from Sapporo
Spacious Sprawling Dairy Farmlands
This is Japan’s largest food treasure trove, with sprawling farmland with agriculture, dairy, and stockbreeding. Five famous gardens of Hokkaido are scattered across the area. Obihiro, the centre of Tokachi, is famous for its Butadon and sweets. There are also many activities in Tokachi.
Otaru, Shakotan 40 km from Sapporo
Nostalgic Port Town
Otaru features a retro townscape, from the North Wall Street that tells of Otaru’s former central presence in the Hokkaido economy, to the warehouses lining Otaru canal used for stone-making . It also provides convenient access to Shakotan Peninsula, famous for its sea urchin, and whiskey town Yoichi.
Toya, Niseko, Noboribetsu 105 km from Sapporo
Volcano and Hot Spring Galore
At Lake Toya and Noboribetsu, some of Hokkaido’s most renowned hot spring villages, you can enjoy picturesque scenery formed by volcanic activity. At the base of Mt Yotei is Niseko, abounding with magnificent nature.
Furano, Biei, Asahikawa, Tomamu 140 km from Sapporo
Flower fields as far as the eye can see
Furano, which served as a stage for a former drama, is dotted with lavender flower field. Biei boasts rolling hills with beautifully contrasting grain fields. Tomamu with its featured snow art museum, rolling Taisetu Mori Garden, and Cloud Sea Terrace brings up vivid imagery of the film Frozen.
Asahiyama Zoo 150 km from Sapporo
A must-see super-popular zoo
A zoo popular for its exquisitely arranged exhibits and diving sessions. There is so much to see, such as the seal hall, one of the hottest exhibits, and the newest exhibits, the giraffe house and the hippopotamus hall.
Wakkanai, Rishiri, Rebun 320 km from Sapporo
Two popular islands with Souyamisaki and blossoming flowers
Watsukanai marks the starting point, from where the silhouette of Sakhalin can be seen beyond the ocean. Rishiri and Rebun, are popular for their highland alpine vegetation and trekking courses, and can be accessed by ferry from Watsukanai. Depending on the season, you can enjoy sea urchin, the region’s speciality.
Kushiro, Akan, Masyu 325 km from Sapporo
Mysterious bogs and lakes
Kushiro Bog, Japan’s largest bog, is inhabited by rare animals and plants. Akan Lake is famous for the Marimo. Masyu Lake is known for its illusionary fog and transparency. Experience a vast, mysterious nature here.
Shiretoko, Abashiri 417 km from Sapporo
Enjoy a World Natural Heritage site
Shiretoko Peninsula is a registered World Natural Heritage site and a world-class treasure trove with great landscapes and wild animals. In winter you can see glaciers in Abashiri, a place famous for its prison. Both line the shores of Okhotsk Sea, and are known for serving exquisite seafood. In the Mountain Aquarium located at Onneyu Onsen, you can see the vitality of freshwater fish.