Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Odori Park
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    4.0
    3798 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.

    Big park in the middle of the city. Nothing special but a place to stretch your limbs. Since it spans across few blocks of city space, walking is not continuous as you have to wait for traffic signal

  • Asahiyama Zoo
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    4.5
    2769 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...

  • Hoshino Resort Tomamu The Tower
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    4.0
    1484 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.

    We had very good times. It was very complicated to book dinner with many tourists during public holidays, but rest of things was amazing. (Maybe a room we stayed was not used for long time… ) this...

  • Moerenuma Park
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    4.5
    842 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
    1012 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 Dome
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    4.0
    722 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.

    in Japan. Lots of space; good concession options and there really isn’t a bad seat or view. We have found that during Corona restrictions that the food sellers seem to run out of food early, so it...

  • Abashiri Prison Museum
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    4.5
    785 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...

  • Nakajima Park
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    4.0
    762 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.

  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
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    4.5
    556 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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    4.5
    433 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...

  • Ban’ei Tokachi (Obihiro Racecourse)
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    4.0
    489 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Nishijusanjouminami 9
    This racecourse in Obihiro City, Hokkaido is the only racecourse in the world where regular ban’ei races are held. Ban’ei horse racing is a race where horses compete against each other by pulling heavy weighted iron sleds. Horses are raced along a 200 meter long track over two slopes with the jockey riding on top of the sled while controlling the power and direction of the horse. At the racecourse you can find shops, a museum about horses, and a petting zoo where you can meet some of the animals. It’s a nice place to bring the children. They also conduct tours around the stables and other areas at extra charge.

    Drawn to this from some of the guide book reviews. We are not big horse racing fans or even regular betters but this was a brilliant event to visit. We even broke our journey Sapporo to Kushiro...

  • Furano Ski Resort
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    4.5
    365 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Furanoshi Nakagoryou
    Furano Ski Resort is a ski resort in Furano owned by New Furano Prince Hotel. There are two areas with a total of 24 courses can be enjoyed by advanced through to beginner skiers; the Kitanomine zone has good quality snow and a diverse array of courses while the Furano zone mainly has long run courses. In January to February you can ski on a surface of dry powder snow. Snowboarding is available on all courses. There is also a kids experience program which is perfect for first-time skiers and playing in the snow.

    One of the better ski resorts I’ve been to. A gondola, a ropeway and nine other lifts. Many runs to chose from, most of them are wide and well groomed. Staff at the resort are very friendly and...

  • Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura
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    4.0
    343 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Nakanoboribetsuchou 53-1
    This theme park is in Noboribetsu. This village lets you experience Edo period culture and scenery yourself, as well as letting you dress up as a ninja, samurai, princess and more for a photo shoot. There are also attractions like legend-based plays, ninja houses, classes in shuriken throwing and Japanese archery, and more to make this a place to truly see, play, and learn.

    A lovely park featuring historic Japanese houses and Ninja shows.. Lovely to watch the shows and walk around the park..

  • RISONARE Tomamu
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    4.0
    421 Reviews
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    NAKATOMAMU, SHIMUKAPPU-MURA, YUFUTSU-GUN Hokkaido Japan
    The elevated resort, standing tall in the coniferous forest, with all rooms over 100m2 and equipped with jet bath/sauna with scenic views, is an all-suite hotel.

    We had the most wonderful white Christmas holiday staying here. As a family with three children we were attracted by spacious rooms, easy ski-in/ski-out and onsite facilities including the ice...

  • Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe
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    4.0
    267 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuhigashichou 1-22
    This aquarium is in Noboribetsu. Built on the theme of Northern European Romance and Marine Fantasies, the symbol of the park is its castle modeled on Denmark's Egeskov Castle. In addition to the dolphin and seal show pools, the penguin hall and the king penguin walking route in front of the castle are popular. There's also a petting pool where visitors can touch skates and horseshoe crabs, a Ferris wheel, merry go round and other attractions throughout the park.

    We visited as a family group of eight, and all found things of interest/enjoyment to watch. The park and animals are well cared for and there is lots of space between exhibits to enjoy a walk around...

  • Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
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    4.0
    389 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Tentozan 244-3
    Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, which is located on Tentozan in Abashiri City, is a tourist facility based on drift ice and the creatures who live in the Sea of Okhotsk. Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum has the biggest projection mapping in Hokkaido and displays the mysterious creatures such as the clione which live in the Sea of Okhotsk. The high-definition five-screen theater which includes a 300-inch screen is also impressive. One very popular experience is freezing a wet towel when touching the ice directly on the drift ice simulation terrace. At the highest observation terrace, 360-degree panoramic views are an amazing sight and have been designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty since 1938.

    The museum is on top of a hill which provides a good vantage point to look at the surrounding mountains and lakes. It is located in a modern-looking building. The first thing upon entrance is to...

  • Northern Horse Park
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    4.0
    246 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Tomakomaishi Misawa 114-7
    Northern Horse Park is approx. 15 minutes by car from the New Chitose Airport. It’s a horse and nature theme park where both adults and children can have fun. There are about 80 horses from ponies to racehorses on this huge site divided into 13 areas. Whether you are alone, in a group or with your family, you’ll be sure to have a great time. There are restaurants in the park.

    it is a park good for family with kids. you can have horse riding experience there. kids can also ride different kinds of bicycle

  • Salmon hometown Chitose Aquarium
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    254 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Hanazono 2-312
    Salmon hometown Chitose Aquarium has Japan’s largest freshwater aquarium fish tanks. Besides salmon, visitors can also observe many other freshwater fish species, many from Hokkaido but with species from all over the world. The underwater observation zone, which gives visitors a close-up view of the waters of the Chitose River, is a must-see. Besides regular events, the Aquarium also hosts special limited-period events. Chitose Aquarium is located around 10 minutes’ drive from New Chitose Airport, and around 10 minutes’ walk from JR Chitose Station.

    Right next to the Chitose river, this aquarium tells the story of the salmon found there. There are numerous fish displays, as well as an observation area which is under the river.

  • Shiroi Koibito Park
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    4 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Nishi-ku Miyanosawanijou 2-11-36
    Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park where you can tour the production plant for Shiroi Koibito, a well-known confectionary that is symbolic of Sapporo (an entry fee is charged). There are also hands on activities such as a course in drawing pictures on the Shiroi Koibito, which can be enjoyed by children and adults. The Shiroi Koibito Park is packed full of areas where you can experience things first hand such as a lounge where you can enjoy the sweets in a space surrounded by English antiques as well as a candy lab where you can watch demonstrations by candy craftsmen. There is also a beautiful rose garden which presents different aspects in summer and winter.

    白い恋人パークで一休みの場所。以前はブリキを展示していたスペースを飲食コーナーにしているので店内にはブリキのおもちゃが飾ってあります。軽食もあるし、ドリンクは白い恋人ブレンドコーヒーをはじめオリジナルメニューも。今回はソフトクリームにしました。 白い恋人も1枚サービスされます!

  • Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
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    3.5
    176 Reviews
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Yunokawachou 3-1-15
    While in Hokkaido come explore rare plants and flowers from the southern regions in this Tropical Botanical Garden. There are over 3,000 plants covering 300 species in the garden making this a must-see location. You can also see Japanese macaque relaxing in the hot-springs during the winter. There is also a play area and water park for young children making this botanical garden popular with families.

    At the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, there are some nice and interesting plants and a few small amphibians. Aside from that, the onsen monkeys was the highlight of the visit. But I was...

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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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