Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Asahiyama Zoo
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    Hokkaido Asahikawashi Higashiasahikawachou Kuranuma
    Asahiyama Zoo is a zoo in Asahikawa City. The exhibits allow you to see the expressions of the animals close up and include the penguin enclosure where you can see the penguins swimming as if they are flying through the air from an underwater tunnel that gives a 360° view (at the Penguin Building), the polar bear enclosure where the 300kg giants swim around energetically (at the Polar Bear Building), the seal enclosure where you can watch the distinctive swimming of seals (at the Seal Building), and the beasts of prey enclosure where you can see tigers, lions, leopards and other from various angles (at the Beast Building). The penguin walk held outside in the snow season is also popular.

    A friend and I were drawn to this zoo in winter because of the diversity of animals, unique views and of course, the penguin parade. However what we found was that most of the animals had very little...

  • Odori Park
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    3781 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 1 from 12-chome
    Odori Park is a unique park located in the center of Sapporo City running about 1.5 kilometers from Odorinishi 1-chome to Odorinishi 12-chome. It also forms a base point that divides the city into north and south. In addition to the beautiful flowerbeds and lawns, as many as 4,700 trees from 92 species are spread about inside the park, and their changing appearance can be enjoyed through the four seasons. Odori Park is also a venue for the Lilac Festival, YOSAKOI Soran Festival, and Sapporo Snow Festival, and is popular as a place where many Sapporo locals and tourists gather for recreation as well.

    Visited after lunch with family. Pros: 1) Odori Park is a must visit when in Sapporo. It is a huge and clean park with traditional snacks, restaurants, soft service ice cream, a bubble man, and...

  • Sapporo Clock Tower
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    3.5
    2630 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitaichijounishi 2-chome Former Sapporo Agricultural College Demonstration Center
    The clock tower familiarly, called “Sapporo Clock Tower” was originally constructed as a drill hall for the former Sapporo Agricultural College, the predecessor of Hokkaido University. Originally there was no bell tower but only a mechanism of pulling a rope to ring a small bell, however, the bell tower was constructed in 1881 under the direction of the Governor Kiyotaka Kuroda and since then a Howard pendulum type clock has been in use. It is about 10 minutes on foot from the nearest Odoori Station. The first floor serves as a museum displaying the history of the clock tower and on the second floor you can experience the atmosphere of the historic drill hall and view the workings of the clock.

    Was surprised at how small the clock tower is but its neat. There some sort of a museum inside. We didnt have time so we didnt go inside,i am sure it would have been interesting.

  • Hokkaido University
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    1755 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Kita-ku Kitahachijounishi 5
    Hokkaido University, which first opened as Sapporo Agriculture College in 1876. After that, it has made a great contribution not only to agriculture, but also to the development of Hokkaido. The words Professor Clark left for his students on his departure from Sapporo “Boys be ambitious!” remain as the university’s motto today. The university grounds are enormous, the Sapporo campus being approximately 1.77 million square meters, which is the size of 38 Tokyo Dome baseball stadiums. Walking around the nature-filled campus with its avenues lined with poplars and elm forests is an enjoyable experience.

    It was already afternoon when my family visited the campus. We went thru the main gate but there was not much signage that can guide you. Luckily, we managed to spot the Tourist Information Centre...

  • Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office)
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    2116 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitasanjounishi 6
    The building called “The red brick office” (aka renga chosha) is the symbol of development in Hokkaido and is a brick building that was completed in 1888. It is built in the neo-baroque American-style and is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The building was restored to its original state in 1968 after the roof and interior were lost to fire. Many flowers such as cherry trees and tulips have been planted in the grounds making it a relaxing spot for the locals.

    Our Japanese friend wanted to go there, or we would not have gone. We went after getting warmed up in the underground walkway, so we were ready to be outside a bit longer.

  • Sapporo TV Tower
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    1831 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 1
    Built in the eastern end of Odori Park, this television tower has a height of 147.2 meters. It was constructed when television broadcasting first began in Sapporo. Now it is popular as a view spot that affords a 360° view of Sapporo’s urban area. One can appreciate the scenery of Sapporo’s four seasons including the abundant greenery of Odori Park, the YOSAKOI Soran Festival, and the Sapporo Snow Festival from the observatory that is 90.38 meters from the ground below. Inside the tower is a restaurant and shop selling merchandise for the television tower’s character, Terebi Otosan (TV Dad).

    I walked the 352 steps up to the 3rd floor and it was a killer. haha Reasonable price at ¥720 (about $10 Australian dollars). Very small at the observation deck with souvenir stalls all around (leave...

  • Noboribetsu Jigokudani
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    1397 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuonsenchou
    This valley is all that remains of an ancient volcanic crater, and is lined with geysers and fumaroles. The hot springs sourced here run to Noboribetsu Onsen. The foaming, boiling scenery led to it being called Demon-dwelling Hell. It's also a perfect autumn leaf viewing spot, when the hillsides are painted red with autumn colors.

    Rented a car and took a day trip from Niseko to Noboribetsu. Stopped at Lake Toya for lunch before proceeding to Jigokudani and a good thing too because the town was pretty dead and because it was...

  • Sapporo Beer Museum
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    1239 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Higashi-ku Kitashichijouhigashi 9-1-1
    Sapporo Beer Museum, located to the east of Sapporo Station, is the only museum in Japan where you can learn about the history of Japanese beer. Admission to the museum is free, but the paid tour (about 50 minutes) is recommended if you have the time. You can learn about the history of Sapporo Beer with the powerful 6K wide-screen theater and easy-to-understand guide. Also you can only sample the “Fukkokuban Sapporo-sei Bakushu” (Reproduced Sapporo Beer) that recreates the flavor at the time of Sapporo Beer's establishment as well as the iconic Black Label Sapporo Beer on the paid tour. Reservations through the website are required.

    We enjoyed the Sapporo Beer Museum. It was pity there wasnt a bit more English through the exhibition but it was still very interesting. The beer hall at the end made it a complete experience and...

  • Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery
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    4.5
    1269 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 7-6
    The first Nikka Whisky distillery built in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru who after visiting Scotland became the first Japanese person to master the whisky manufacturing process. Here you can come and see for yourself the whole distillery process. Inside the distillery you can find many things of interest such as displays on the history of whisky and its manufacturing process, a whisky museum where you can sample some whisky for yourself, and you can also see the former residence of Masataka Taketsuru which was originally in Yamada Town in the suburbs of Yoichi Town but dismantled and rebuilt here in the distillery. There are nine buildings on the distillery premises which have been designated as tangible cultural assets of Japan such as the distillation building and the first whisky storehouse.

    It was quite an experience to meander around the distillery in deep snow - it leant an air of quiet calm to the distillery that was very relaxing. The distillery has a wonderful history which...

  • Moerenuma Park
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    4.5
    832 Reviews
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    Sapporo, Hokkaido, Higashi-ku, Moerenuma Park 1-1
    Moerenuma Park is a comprehensive park in northeast Sapporo for which globally renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi created the basic design. Based on the concept of “the whole being a single sculpture,” it was recommended to build on a site where 2.7 million tons of waste had been put in landfill, and the park opened in 2005. Hills with geometric forms, fountains, and play equipment have been arranged in a vast site equivalent to 40 Tokyo Domes, allowing a landscape that fuses art and nature to be enjoyed. Another attraction is that seasonal pastimes can be enjoyed with cherry blossoms in the spring, water activities in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and cross country skiing in the winter.

    Visited with family Pros: 1) This park can be reached via train and bus. Ensure to read and understand the directions carefully because it can be confusing. 2) Best to visit with a full stomach and...

  • Lake Toya
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    4.0
    528 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen
    This is the third largest caldera lake in Japan with an area of the ninth largest lake nationally in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. While visitors can experience the magnificence of nature, it is also a hot spring resort with an abundance of hot water and many inns and hotels. It is one of Hokkaido’s most popular resort areas where you can enjoy activities such as pleasure boats, canoes and dairy experiences.

    Breathtaking views and a pleasant drive around the lake. Plenty of places to stop along the way. I suggest stopping at Sobetsu-Cho for the waterfall and also visit the Windsor Hotel Resort. Cherry...

  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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    1004 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 14-12
    The Kanemori Warehouses in Hakodate are a complex of warehouses now used for general purposes. There are shops, the Hakodate Beer Hall and more in the Kanemori Youbutsukan and Hakodate Street Plaza, and BAY Hakodate has cafes and a chapel. The fourth area is Kanemori Hall, which hosts concerts and other events. The warehouses are lit up at night for a totally different atmosphere from the daytime.

    Famous large shopping area located in hakodate port. Several Souvenir shops & restaurants awaits tourists & locals alike for their shopping & dining experiences. an excellent place to stroll around...

  • Sapporo Okurayama Viewing Point
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    4.5
    1330 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyanomori 1274
    Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium was the stage for ski jumping at the Winter Olympic Games held in Sapporo in 1972. A two-seater lift goes up to the top from where you can see up close the huge, steep jump. From the observation lounge (start house) at an altitude of 307 meters, you can overlook the city of Sapporo and the Ishikari Basin and get a feel for the wonderful expanse of natural beauty of Hokkaido.

    The view from Mt Okura Observatory is stunning, at night you can see the city lights spread out in front of you. The cable car was enjoyable. By the way, if you take the bus to the Observatory, make...

  • Sapporo Maruyama Zoo
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    768 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyagaoka 3-1
    Sapporo Maruyama Zoo is located around 15 minutes’ drive from JR Sapporo Station, and around 7 minutes’ journey on the shuttle bus service from Maruyama Koen Station on the Sapporo Subway’s Tozai Line. The philosophy behind the development of the Zoo was to create linkages between people, animals and the environment, and this is reflected in programs to help people learn about the importance of animal life and the environment, experiential activities at the Zoo’s animal hospital, and tours of the Zoo led by volunteer guides. The Zoo has more than 150 different mammal and reptile species.

    This is the most depressing place ive been too and i would like to credit the animals, especially the birdlife, for not committing suicide. Built by people who dont value animals as having intrinsic...

  • Hoshino Resort Tomamu The Tower
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    1386 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Yufutsu-gun Shimukappumura Nakatomamu
    The Twin Towers Hotel is the famous landmark of Hoshino Resorts Tomamu. Standing in the center of Tomamu, it is quite conveniently located near a restaurant district and outdoor center. In addition to simple, practical standard rooms, they have family rooms, and Mama-rakuda rooms that have been outfitted for ease of use for families with babies, making it a popular place to stay with kids.

    Stayed for 5 nights. Enough snow though it was only early season. It offered many skiing routes, many eateries, open air bath, indoor pool and many activities you and the kids could join. Its one of...

  • Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka
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    884 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shinsei number 3
    Visitors to Shikisai-no-oka in the summer can enjoy the beautiful vistas of colorful flower fields, while in the winter they can experience standing in the midst of a vast expanse of snow. Besides the extensive flower gardens, farmers’ fields and Alpaca ranch, Shikisai-no-oka also has a farm guesthouse where visitors can stay. The farm shop sells vegetables grown locally, as well as other products sourced directly from local farmers. Shikisai-no-oka is located 25 minutes’ walk from JR Bibaushi Station.

    What a colorful experience! September, 3:30 in the afternoon we had a marvelous tour of the colorful, striped fields. We rode in the tractor-pulled wagons which had side covers as it had just rained...

  • Abashiri Prison Museum
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    4.5
    769 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1
    This historic museum has preserved the former Abashiri Prison barracks as an outdoor museum. It was completely renovated in 2010. The virtual prison movie titled ''Forests Where Inmates in a Red Prison Uniform Worked'' is a must-see digital stereophonic theater experience focusing on the harsh working conditions of the erstwhile prisoners captured with the latest technology. One can explore the facility on a Guided Prison Tour, or actually eat the food the prisoners were given with the Experience Prison Food encounter. Two of the structures, 8 wards, transferred here are treasured as Japan's Important Cultural Properties.

    This is so much more than just a museum about the prison. It covers quite a bit of Hokkaido history, telling the sad tale of how prisoners were used to help build roads and infrastructure in...

  • Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
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    1038 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Motomachi 19-7
    The ropeway at Mt. Hakodate is about a ten-minute walk from the Jujigai tram stop and about ten minutes by car from Hakodate Station and right next to the ruins of the Nambujinya encampment. The gondolas are large with seating for 125 people, and have two stations, one at the base of the mountain and also at the peak observatory station. The top speed is seven meters per second and the top of the 334-meter-high mountain is reached in about three minutes. The beautiful seasonal scenery from the observatory deck at the summit and night view of Hakodate is highly regarded as the world's best and is a representative of tourism in the city. It is often crowded for an hour or two after sunset with people visiting to see the night view.

    You can access the ropeway by tram which stops a distance away or by bus which stops directly in front of the ropeway station. Open at 10am, it costs JPY1000 for a one-way trip or JPY1500 for a...

  • JR Tower Observation Deck T38
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    1046 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitagojounishi 2-5 JR Tower 38F
    The observatory boasts a height of 160 meters above the ground. The special elevator from the sixth floor takes you up directly to the top 38th floor and from there you have a large panoramic view of 360 degrees of the cityscape of Sapporo. Art work is scattered around the observation deck and there is also a café and souvenir shop. Please stop by the men’s toilet “viewing restroom” for a feeling of spaciousness.

    Good service well managed to stop overcrowding , you can take as long as you want up top easy to get too .

  • Main Building of the Otaru Music Box Museum
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    703 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sumiyoshichou 4-1
    This landmark of Otaru, the Otaru Music Box Museum is located on a corner of the Marchen Intersection of Otaru Sakaimachi street and Irifune street. Housed in a red brick structure built in 1912, this store displays music boxes collected from all over Japan and the world resplendent with a warm radiant atmosphere. The steam-powered clock by the entranceway announces the time every 15 minutes with a blast of steam and a melody. It is a popular photo opportunity spot.

    A famous large souvenir shop with variety of music boxes to choose from. Perfect shop to buy an ideal gifts for families & friends. Easily accessible from the main train station. Tip, if you want to...

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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