Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Odori Park
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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.

    I walked from end to end to enjoy the autumn leaves and hit the few highlights along the way. It was nice

  • Asahiyama Zoo
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    4.5
    2762 Reviews
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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.

    This is a great zoo ! their famous penguin parade, check their penguin parade schedule. The zoo collection is educable and take care well by the staff. I like the way the decorated the ice when...

  • Sapporo Clock Tower
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    3.5
    2641 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.

    Nice to see, but don’t make a trip to this part of town just for the clock tower. It’s surprisingly small and interesting to look at for about 30 seconds; not much beyond that.

  • Hokkaido Shrine
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    1188 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyagaoka 474
    Hokkaido Shrine is located about 15 minutes’ walk from Maruyama Koen Station on the Tozai Line. It was erected to worship the three deities of reclamation: Okunitama no kami, the deity of reclamation and development, Onamuchi no kami, and Sukunabikona no kami. In 1955, the Meiji Emperor, who adopted Western culture and built the foundations of Japan, was newly enshrined. Hokkaido Shrine is also known as a famous place for cherry blossoms in the spring and is popular among the local people.

    The Hokkado Jingu Shrine hoses four deities, including the Emperor Meiji. The Shrine is approached through a torii. It is bad manners to enter the Shrine through the middle of the torii. The torii...

  • Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery
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    4.5
    1274 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.

    The distillery was very nice to visit with the old buildings, gardens and visitor centres. If you’re in the area is well worth a visit. You can plant to have lunch at the restaurant on the...

  • Hoshino Resort Tomamu The Tower
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    1443 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...

  • Moerenuma Park
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    4.5
    840 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...

  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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    4.0
    1006 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
    1340 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 Mt Okura Observatory is some way out of Sapporo, Hokkaidos main city. You can get the ropeway to the top of the mountain. You get a good view of the city and surrounding countryside. By the...

  • Sapporo Dome
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    721 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Toyohira-ku Hitsujigaoka 1
    Sapporo Dome is located in the southeast of the city and is Sapporo’s largest all-weather indoor dome. It is one of a few stadiums in the world that are home to two professional teams in soccer and baseball, which are Consadole Sapporo and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. It is widely used as a transmission point for sports and entertainment, holding global sporting competitions and large-scale concerts with more than 50,000 people. There are also dome tours that allow you to see behind the scenes.

    The Sappora Dome was built in 2001. It has a capacity of around 40,000 people. Following Dr Clarke, who said Boys, be ambitious, is it is a major sporting facility that can function even when it is...

  • Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka
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    4.5
    902 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.

    Furano is usually known for flower beds but I believe this area in Biei wont be behind in terms of beauty. I recommend buying cool sliced very sweet melons sold in the nearby show while enjoying...

  • JR Tower Observation Deck T38
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    1048 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.

    The 1st location we visited since its just walking distance from our hotel (resol trinity hotel) and we really love the sight of sapporo city, covered by snow on february 2020. We heard the sight are...

  • Nakajima Park
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    759 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Nakajimakouen
    Nakajima Park, situated in the middle of downtown Sapporo next to the Susukino shopping district, is a green park housing the Hassoan Tea House, designated an important cultural asset of the country, and Hoheikan (a historical building and wedding venue), located in the grounds of the park. With boating to enjoy on the Shobuike pond, as well as having an observatory and many monuments, Nakajima Park is a perfect place to take a stroll.

    My favorite space in Sapporo. The autumn trees were incredibly beautiful. You shouldnt miss out, please go here.

  • Abashiri Prison Museum
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    4.5
    780 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...

  • Ningle Terrace
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    4.0
    683 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Furanoshi Nakagoryou
    Ningle Terrace is a shopping area located in the forest adjacent to the New Furano Prince Hotel. Ningle appears in the book of the same name written by So Kuramoto and refers to the 15 centimeter-tall character known as The Wise Man of the Forest who lived in the forests of Hokkaido in the past. The line of small cottages in the forest with a collection of a variety of craft shops is like getting lost in a picture book. During the day, you can enjoy bathing in the forest while after sunset you can walk the romantic forest paths which are illuminated.

    Out of the sixteenth handcrafted shops only three were open. I first visited in the afternoon but after seeing photos taken at night I return later to find only three shops open again. Looks better...

  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
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    554 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Atsubetsu-ku Atsubetsuchou Konopporo 50-1
    The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an outdoor museum which reproduces the frontier days of Hokkaido where you can learn about frontier history. There are four separate areas which are the Farm Village, the Sea Village, the Mountain Village and the City and you can walk through each village to experience the different atmospheres. At the Frontier Village Restaurant in the museum, you can eat the simple but delicious “Imo Mochi” and the restaurant’s original Tondenhei (Settlers’) Set Meal.

    A MUST GO if you want to learn about Hokkaido Culture, History... in an easy way, visiting different buildings displaced reconstructed (or replicas). Spend at least 2 or 3 hours if you want to enter...

  • Takino Suzuran Hillside Governmental Park
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    430 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Minami-ku Takino 247
    Takino Suzuran Hillside Park is the only state-owned park in Hokkaido, with a size of about 400 hectares. The park is divided into four zones. In the central zone you can enjoy the beautiful country garden where flowers bloom throughout the seasons; in the mountain stream zone relax by the waterfalls and rivers; and in the Takino forest zones (east and west) you can take long forest walks and make use of the play equipment. Ashiribetsu Waterfall was chosen as one of the 100 must-see waterfalls in Japan. In winter it’s also possible to have a go at some tube sledding.

    You can tak subway to the last station, and took bus to there. Not too difficult In winter there are many activity both free and charge, for example Free :Tube slider, Snow shoe Charge :Ski I spend...

  • Sapporo Factory
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    3.5
    379 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitanijouhigashi 4
    The Sapporo Factory has about 160 shops and facilities, which include a shopping center and all-weather entertainment. It was built on the site of the Kaitakushi Beer Brewery, which was the predecessor of Sapporo Beer, and used the red bricks from the building creating a historical feel. With limited edition items and one-of-a-kind stores, it is recommended for souvenir buying. There are also lots of ways to have fun, including a lush indoor garden, a cinema complex, and a beer hall.

    It was interesting to visit the Sapporo Beer Factory. We got to try the different beers and we also had lunch at the Beer Garden. Beautiful place to take pictures as well

  • Washou Ichiba Market
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    619 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Kuroganechou 13-25
    Washou Ichiba Market was built as a people’s kitchen in 1954 and is one of the most historic indoor markets in Kushiro. The name came from the lively calls of “Wasshoi, Wasshoi” as well as the expression “Trade with Harmony”. There are about 60 shops in the market which sell fresh fish, fruit, meat, snacks, tea and flowers. Also, there are sushi restaurants and cafes. Choosing your favorite seafood to make your own original seafood bowl (“Katte-don”) is also popular.

    If you decide to come to this market at Kushiro from Obidori it is a 1.5 hour train ride by Super Ozora with your JR Pass. It is around a 5 minute walk from the station. They sell whole lot more...

  • Chitose Outlet Mall Rera
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    483 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Kashiwadaiminami 1-2-1
    This outlet mall is in Chitose, Hokkaido. In addition to fashion shops, there are shops offering interior goods, outdoor goods, fine food and more. It's particularly popular with families and couples. There are also shops that allow pets, and a pet hotel and dog park are inside the mall. A free shuttle bus runs from New Chitose Airport.

    Took the free shuttle from the airport to do last minute shopping. There was a Ramen street which was delicious and affordable. Shops wise, nothing great but when we were there in February 2020, GAP...

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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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