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  • Exander Onuma Canoe House
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kamedagunnanaechou Onumachou 22-4
    Enjoy canoeing tours of the stunning natural scenery around Lake Onuma and Lake Konuma at the foot of Mt. Komagatake with Exander Onuma Canoe House. The beginner’s canoeing tour at around two hours long is popular with first-timers. As well as taking in the seasonal flowers and spring water of the lake you can also stop off at the island for a short break and tea time. Spectacular early morning tours with the beautiful morning mist and night tours under the moonlight are also very popular. They also do guided tours of Mt. Komagatake where from the summit you can see over the Tsugaru Peninsula. A definite must-see! The nearest station is Onuma Station.
  • Toya Toy Box
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyamachi 224
    This outdoor-guided-tour office is in Toyako Town, Abuta County, Hokkaido. Their concept is looking at the Toyako area as a toybox and teaching people how to experience and enjoy the wonders of nature. Their Carefree Canoe course is popular amongst beginners and those with children and the hour-long course focusses mainly on canoeing in Lake Toyako. A tour is held in the gentle winds of the morning and evening allowing you to discover a new beauty of Lake Toyako as you gaze across the clear star-studded sky.
  • National Livestock Breeding Center Tokachi Farm (Incorporated Administrative Agency)
    59 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Hokkaido Katougunotofukechou Komabanamiki 8-1
    The National Livestock Breeding Center Tokachi Farm was originally established as a stud farm by the Horse Administration Bureau in 1910; after the end of the Second World War, the facility was given responsibility for improving the quality of the horses used in agriculture in Japan, and subsequently for improving sheep breeds and boosting sheep production, as well as improving beef cattle and dairy cattle breeds. The Farm’s 1.3 kilometers-long avenue lined with White Birch trees has been designated as one of Otofuke District’s “Beautiful Forests,” and has been used as a location for filming TV drama series. Please note that the Farm does not have a shop selling cheese products or other souvenir gifts. The National Livestock Breeding Center Tokachi Farm is around 30 minutes’ drive from Obihiro Station.

    CMや各種ロケ地として使われると人気の白樺並木が見たくてやってきました。 大きな白樺がずら-っと遠くまで連なっているのはすごいです。 牧場内の道はダートとなっているので車が通ると砂煙があがります。 そのため白樺並木の道も、写真を撮る時に気をつけないと 他の車が通った後は砂煙で写真が綺麗にとれません。 人気のある時間だと車が多く通り撮影しずらいかも。 早朝なら人も少なくて良さそうです。 ただし近くで...

  • Lake Toya Ranch
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Tsukiura 44
    This is a guest Ranch specializing in horse trekking, and is located two hours by car from Sapporo half way to Hakodate. Visitors can overlook Lake Toya, Mt. Usu and Mt. Showa Shinzan, recognized as the first “World Geopark” in Japan, while enjoying horse trekking. There is also a family course for those with small children, and anyone can join if they can straddle a horse alone without being afraid. There is a full mountain course for adults or those with a height of 140 centimeters or more. The course can be enjoyed by both experienced and inexperienced riders.
  • Clark Horse Garden
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Asahikawashi Higashiasahikawachou Sakuraoka 160-4
    A horse ranch where visitors can experience horseback riding. The facility is notable for its American west countryside feel. Children and others can have an instructor lead your horse by a rope for a safer experience or, after a ten minute lecture; you can ride in the nearby forest. There's an old West-style cafe on the grounds where you can enjoy a meal after your ride. There's also a remodeled old farm house which has been turned into a cottage visitors can rent and stay the night in.

    I spent a great great morning during my trip in August. The horses are super friendly and the coach is patient and skillful. He speaks fluent English too. Me, and my sons (4,6,10 yrs old) have...

  • Hakodate Kogeisha
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 8-8
    A gallery which moved to its current location in 2014 selling crafts from the city of Hakodate in Hokkaido. The gallery building, built in 1935, carries an atmosphere which speaks of Hakodate's history and growth. In addition to conducting exhibitions of ceramics and dyed goods created by Hokkaido and other artists, the facility holds a variety of classes on crafts such as ceramics, tsumugiori weaving, flower pressing, and calligraphy. Depending on the day, rakugo comedic storytelling and other traditional performing arts as well as many other events are held here.
  • Mikazuki Kobo
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Yayoichou 23-1
    An antique and handmade craft boutique shop housed inside an old pawnshop built in 1880 and a Taisho period building on the outskirts of the Motomachi area. The shop's boutique crafts are primarily made by artists living in and around Hakodate. In the gallery area, a remodeled storehouse built in 1897, a selection of pieces by monthly changing artists is displayed. The adjoining cafe serves coffee and tea, and you can take a short break here after exploring the gallery and shop.
  • Outdoor Amusement Company
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abuta-gun Niseko machi Soga 859-5
    A leisure facility where you can enjoy a variety of seasonal outdoor activities and which also offers lodging located in Niseko Town. Tethered hot air balloon rides are offered from June through September twice a day in the early morning and in the evening. Everyone from toddlers to adults can take in the breathtaking view of the mountain ranges of Niseko from 30 meters above the ground. Everything is provided for the rafting tours, and participants can enjoy rafting as well as games and swimming over an hour and a half long tour. Canyoning, in which participants dive into waterfall pools and swim down natural river water slides, is a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors you can only enjoy in a place like Niseko.
  • Asahara Glass Blowing
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Hokkaido Otarushi Tenjin 1-13-20
    This glass manufacturing company in Tenjin, Otaru City, Hokkaido was founded in 1900. The glass floats made using recycled glass were created to replace the wooden floats formerly used by fishers. Today in Japan, this manufacturer is the only one that still makes these glass floats. One gets a sense of the ocean in the store's interior and displays. The round floats come in two patterns, those where a plug navel is placed over the blow hole, and those that are open-holed floats filled with shells or sand, made into lamps or planters, etc. The suspension ropes come in two colors. These glass floats have also been featured in television dramas. By reservation, visitors can try their hand at blowing glass.
  • Kushiro Fureai Horse Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Yamahana 10-1
    This horse riding club in Kushiro offers a well-appointed horse-riding experience for beginners at affordable prices. A 50-minute horse trekking course meandering slowly through a water flower grove and on into the forest is available, as well as a 70-minute course that stretches all the way to Momiji Boulevard. This horse park, provides instructor-directed beginner's rides, and free range riding for those bringing their own horses. With no entrance fee, visitors are free to take photos or pet the horses.
  • Sonny's Stable
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kayabegunmorimachi Komagatake 95-23
    This is a riding club located in great expansive natural surroundings of Onuma where one can enjoy western horse riding, just like the original. The trail riding experience with a veteran cowboy guide takes you meandering through forests on a horse and are designed so that even a beginner can securely enjoy 'real' horse trekking. The courses available are 90 minutes course, two and a half hours course with a coffee break, and three and a half hours course with coffee and a snack. Each course comes with a 45-minute lesson and a selection menu.

    と言うよりも、おそらく私は初めての乗馬と言ってもよいのではないかと思います。 牧場は、大沼から森町に向かう国道の東側(つまり駒ヶ岳側)に位置し、レンタカーでお邪魔しましたが、プリンスホテルから15分、大沼公園駅からは20分ほどでしょか。素敵な老カウボーイ(サニーさん)がほぼお一人で切り盛りされていて、90分のコースでしたが、トレッキング前の講習から、トレッキング後の楽しい会話を含めると、2時間を大...

  • Shiretoko Rausu Lincle
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Honchou 23
    A tour company which provides guided tours introducing the industry, natural beauty, and regional culture of the Rausu and Shiretoko area, a designated World Natural Heritage Site. The Shiretoko Peninsula Brown Bear Boat Cruise explores the Shiretoko Peninsula on a small boat; participants can listen to a guide well-versed in the plants and animals of the area while taking in the dynamic coastline, Kunashiri Island of the Kuril Islands, and the konbu kelp-rich sea. In early fall, you might also catch sight of salmon swimming upstream and the brown bears who come here during this time to eat them. The seafood lunch tour, which includes giving participants the chance to break open Ezo bafun-uni sea urchins before eating their meat with other tasty seafood delights, is particularly popular.

    We had 3 wonderful trips organised by a friend through Lincle Shiretoko Rausu. This is a small tour company run by Naoko Goto, who used to be a Ranger at the Shiretoko National Park, so she knows her...

  • Biei Shirogane Nature Club
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shirogane Hot spring
    A nature club based in Biei Town's Shirogane hot spring area. The club offers nature tours primarily focusing on Daisetsuzan National Park and the Biei and Shirogane hot spring area sprawling at the foot of the Tokachi mountains. In addition to tours in which veteran nature guides introduce popular locations and picturesque spots, the club also offers private, tour guide-coordinated tours. Green Plan tours held from the start of summer to fall allow participants to take in the flowers, lush wild plants, and foliage of the area, while White Plan tours in winter give participants the chance to explore the plains of silvery white on snowshoe. The club's photo treks, in which participants take photos while trekking through beautiful locations, are particularly popular.
  • Frontier Equestrian Club
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Ishikarishi Atsuta-ku Shuppu 165-3
    Located about 30 minutes from the Sapporo Kita Interchange by car, this equestrian club is located in the Atsuta district of Ishikari City. Various lessons and courses are provided at the Frontier Equestrian Club on its large grounds surrounded by the rich nature of Hokkaido in the perfect environment for horseback riding. Everyone from beginners to veterans can similarly enjoy themselves and experience healing and comfort on a course rich with rivers, the sea, grasslands, forests, hills and other environments while doing horse trekking, an activity that has become popular in recent years. The horseback riding plans include a beginner's course, an outdoor riding course, obstacle jumping and dressage.
  • Russian / Eastern Europe General goods shop Chaika
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 7-7
    This Hakodate shop sells small goods from Russia. This western style building houses a range of Russian and Eastern European goods like Imperial Porcelain, Matryoshka dolls, shawls and more. They also have treats like chocolate and original sweets. There's a tea shop inside as well, where you can enjoy black tea and home-made cakes.
  • Hokkaido University Hospital
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Kita-ku Kita 14-jo nishi 5-chome
  • Sapporo Medical University Hospital
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Hokkaido Sapporo-shi Chuo-ku Minami 1-jo nishi 16-291
  • Churui River Salmon Fishing
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Shibetsugunshibetsuchou Churui Loyal River Basin
    A salmon fishing area on the Churui River in Shibetsu Town, Shibetsu County, Hokkaido Prefecture. This is the only river in Japan where salmon fishing is allowed, and that is only for the purpose of surveying salmon resources,, and visitors can enjoy fishing for salmon in the great outdoors of Shiretoko, an area registered as a World Heritage Site. Fishing here requires an advance application. Visitors can fish for chum salmon and pink salmon using lure fishing, fly fishing, or bait fishing; in principle, all fish caught must be released.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Katougunshikaoichou Sasagawa Kita7sen 11-3
    This equestrian facility is located along Nissho Pass (National Route 274) in Sasagawa, Shikaoi Town, Kato County. In addition to horseback riding lessons and introductory trekking experiences, the stable also offers trekking along a range of courses such as a riverside course, a mountain forest course, and a one-day course (reservation required). Several endurance rides, events in which riders on horseback compete to set the best time covering a long distance, are held in Shikaoi Town each year. The stable provides support for participants in these events.
  • Tsurui Dosanko Farm
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Akan-gun Tsuruimura Kuchoro 71-1
    This is a farm where you can enjoy horse riding with “dosanko,” the common name for the Hokkaido Pony that is one of the eight types of traditional breeds in Japan. For horse trekking around the Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, there are five-hour course and two-hour course, and you can ride surrounded by nature depending on how much time you have. There is also a horse-riding experience on the farm.

    I read about this ranch from a guide book and it is easy to find a lot of information on it on the Internet. There are only 4 rooms, so try to reserve a room as soon as possible. My husband and I had...

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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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