Travel / Tourism Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Sapporo Clock Tower
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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.

    Definitely part of the city tour. There’s so much history in this small building. The clock tower that is actually still working takes the cake. They are giving away freebies such as CD’s and...

  • Sapporo Beer Museum
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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.

    Of very little interest, especially for beer aficinados. From the outside, it all looks beautiful and rather tempting. It is but an empty shell... Add to this that the beers offered are tasteless and...

  • Hokkaido Shrine
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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 Shrine was worth seeing but the crowds were overbearing. We never got to see inside the shrine because we were on a tour and the lineup was too long to wait. Our bus got caught in the traffic...

  • Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery
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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.

    Excellent tour and museum. Free tasting at the end of the tour. We opted out of this for better tastings in the museum. The gift shop is stock with various whiskey not readily available in the US...

  • Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
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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.

    Great views, especially at night. The ropeway itself is very efficiently run with a fast turn around time. The facility at top is well laid out and there are lots of viewing areas, so even with large...

  • Lake Toya
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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.

    This review is based on the weather alone. It was raining which wasn’t good for any activities including pictures. I can see how this would be a beautiful crater lake to canoe on if it was a sunny...

  • Sapporo Okurayama Viewing Point
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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.

    Mt Okura Observatory is located on the outskirts of the capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo. You can get to the top of the mountain and get a good view of the city of Sapporo. The trip to the top is fairly...

  • Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka
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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.

    Definitely worth for photo-taking with the nice colourful view. No need to take the vehicle. Just go around to take photos.

  • Shiretoko Goko Lakes
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    Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido Yuzu Iwa 549
    A wooden walkway with an observatory along its length has been built which leads to Shiretoko Goko Lakes. The walkway and observatory were created so that people could enjoy the beauty of Shiretoko, one of Japan's top world natural heritage sites. You can also take in the ridgeline of the Shiretoko Mountain Range, Mt. Rausu, and the other mountains of the range. The wooden walkway leads from a parking area to the observatory area. The walkway both protects the delicate natural wetland and also protects visitors from brown bears and other wild animals. Use of the walkway may be temporarily prohibited depending on brown bear activity in the area.

    We visited only ichiko the first lake and took the elevated broad walk. It’s a very easy walk and offers good views. We visited when it was getting foggy tho so not much of the sea can be seen.

  • Abashiri Prison Museum
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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.

    An outdoor museum that covers different historical stages of the former Abashiri Prison. At the entrance you get a map with a suggested tour among the builings. A lot of the displays are in English...

  • Main Building of the Otaru Music Box Museum
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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.

    Can’t go to this place without purchasing an authentic music box if you haven’t done it. So many choices to see , also including paraphernalia, stuffed toys , etc. . But it gets crowded , with more...

  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
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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.

    An excellent village! We were on a tour with a guide, but the best part was taking off our shoes and going into the buildings. My favourite was a personal shrine in one of the houses.

  • Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Toyohira-ku Hitsujigaoka 1
    Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is one of Hokkaido's best tourist attractions. Sheep are kept on the rolling hills where the lush greenery dazzles the eyes, and the heart is warmed by the idyllic countryside scenery. A statue of Dr. William Smith Clark who served as the first vice-principal at Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University) can be seen on the observation deck. It’s a popular place to come and have your photograph taken. At the Hitsujigaoka Rest House you can have some Mongolian-style mutton barbecue food.

    The observation deck offers a great view of Sapporo Dome and the city, with snowy mountains in the back drop in a clear day. But at its core, it represents the original sprit that drove the...

  • Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 11-13
    The Old Public Hall was completed in 1910 and constructed at a total cost of 58,000 yen, 50,000 yen of which was donated by Mr. Teppei Soma, a leading Hokkaido businessman. The building is impressive with its blue and yellow coloring and symmetrical colonial style. It is also famous for being the dormitory of Emperor Taisho when he was the Crown Prince. In 1974 it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Suehiro-cho” tram stop.

    Attractive building outside but very difficult to look round due to ridiculously complicated shoe removal, slipper hire and then inadequate places to sit and put shoes on again. Made an unwelcoming...

  • Trappistine Monastery Tenshien Shop
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    A 10-minute walk from the Trappistine Convent bus stop. This Trappist monastery is situated on a hill sandwiched between Mt. Hakodate and the city. The monastery was the first one erected for women in Japan when it was built in 1898. The site was originally used by an orphanage before it was destroyed in a storm. The monastery rebuilt on the site was also later lost in a fire. The current monastery was rebuilt in 1927 and is notable for its brick walls and semicircular windows. The monastery is adjoined by a museum, shop, and garden; the shop's French Madeleines cakes are popular souvenirs.

    A catholic convent with beautiful grounds to stroll upon. Located on a hill in the eastern part of Hakodate. Bought some famous Trappist cookies from the souvenir shop. Worth a short visit.

  • Noshappu Cape
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    Hokkaido Wakkanai City No Shap 2 chome
    This cape takes its name from Ainu-language phrases meaning “the cape that juts out like a jaw” and “the place where waves are broken up.” There are views of Mt. Rishiri and Rebunto Island, and the island of Sakhalin is just visible in the distance; the sight of the sun setting below the horizon is especially beautiful. Visitors can also look round Noshappu Aquarium, where they can view a variety of fish that live in the seas of Hokkaido, including the mysterious Sakhalin Taimen.

    We reached Wakkanai just in time to see the sunset at Cape Noshappu. At this time of the year, there wasnt too many people. Fortunately for us, the weather was fantastic.

  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 3-13
    With the beautiful contrast between its green roof and white walls, Hakodate Orthodox Church was Japan’s first Russian Orthodox church. It is located at the top of Daimi-saka going up from Benten Suehiro-dori Street. The current church was built in 1916 to replace the original church that was burnt down in the great fire in Hakodate in the Meiji period, and it was subsequently designated as an Important Cultural Property. In 1996, the sound of the bell in the tower was chosen as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.

    It is only a small church but has been recently renovated, It has retained its traditional interior fittings

  • Daisetsuzan Sounkyo-Kurodake Ropeway
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    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Kamikawacho Sounkyo
    "This ropeway joining the Sounkyo Hot Spring with Mt. Kurodake sits as the front entrance to Daisetsuzan National Park. The large-scale gondola fits 101 people, and takes you up to the fifth station of Mt. Kurodake. If you continue on by taking the lift, you can get up to the seventh station at an elevation of 1520 meters. It is used by both casual tourists, and mountain climbers headed for the peak. It takes seven minutes one-way, and comes at 20-minute intervals. On days with good weather, you can get above the ""cloud sea"" and see the Mt. Daisetsuzan Mountain Range."

    I stayed in Sounkyo for 2 days at the beginning of March 2024. I took the Mt. Kurodake cable-car around 10am - there were only 3 other people in the gondola! I was lucky that the weather was...

  • Kamaei (factory direct shop)
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 3-7
    Kamaei is a long-standing kamaboko seasoned fish paste company founded in 1905. In addition to conventional kamaboko served on a wooden plank, Kamaei offers a wide variety of kamaboko products, including Shiokaze kamaboko formed by steaming it in a plastic film to shape it; kamaboko steamed with crab and other seafood on top; and Noshi Kamaboko, a terrine-like dish made by combining layers of kamaboko. The Kamaei plant offers factory tours as well as selling kamaboko direct to customers. There's also a cafe space where you can enjoy fresh-cooked kamaboko and unusual kamaboko dishes served no place else.

    Big range of fish cakes from sweet, spicy and savoury. And it stayed fresh overnight too as we bought some to eat in our hotel room the next day and it was still delicious. There is also a souvenir...

  • Wakkanai Port Northern Breakwater Dome
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    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Kaiun 1
    This is a semi-arched dome acting as a breakwater in Wakkanai port. It was built over a period of five years beginning in 1931. The long archway, reminiscent of ancient Roman architecture, has a total length of 427 meters and 70 columns. As a seawall it is a unique looking structure and has been selected as a Hokkaido heritage site.

    The breakwater structure is massive in size and strength. You can climb the stairs next to it to look out over the sea. There are also dome artforms nearby to examine.

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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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