Travel / Tourism Information Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Hokkaido-Sapporo Food & Tourism Information Center
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Kita-ku Kitarokujounishi 4JR Sapporo Station West Concourse North Exit
    The Hokkaido-Sapporo Food & Tourism Information Center is a collaboration between Hokkaido and Sapporo City that aims to disseminate sightseeing information and eating attractions to tourists and locals. It is located at the north exit of the west concourse on the first floor of JR Sapporo Station, and is the first facility in Japan to contain the three entities of the prefecture, municipality and JR. There is also a corner with pamphlets from all around Hokkaido and a cafe that publicizes and sells safe and sound Hokkaido foods where it is easy to savor light refreshments using local specialties.

    they offer good information in multiple languages, and also many materials for tourists. Its right next to the JR office where you can purchase train tickets and exchange JR passes.

  • Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center
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    Hokkaido Notsukegumbetsukaichou Notsuke 63
    The Notsuke Peninsula Nature Center presents information about the natural environment and history of the Notsuke Peninsula, Japan’s largest sand-spit. There are photographs of the wild bird species that are seen on the Peninsula, including the White-tailed Sea Eagle and Japanese Red-crowned Crane, and the plant species that grow there, as well as an area outlining the history and prehistory of the region. On the First Floor, visitors can try milk and soft-serve ice cream produced locally in the Bekkai district. The Nature Center is around 50 minutes’ drive from Nakashibetsu Airport. Between May and the end of October, the Nature Center can also be reached easily by tourist boat from Odaito Pond.

    This centre is located facing the Notsuke Bay which was frozen when were there recently. It has a nice souvenir shop and a small museum on the first floor over looking the bay. There are no English...

  • Toya Mizu no Eki
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    Hokkaido Abuta-gun Toyakocho Toyamachi 100

    Oct 16 Just outside our Lake View Toyo Nonozake Resort is this rustic building. The inside is a combination of a produce market, souvenir shop, tourist information, and toilets. The farmers...

  • Akankohan Eco-Museum Center
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen 1-1-1
    Akankohan Eco-Museum Center introduces you to the lush nature in the Akan National Park Akan area. The Akan Marimo (round green algae) has been designated as a Special Natural Monument. The resting room has a big fireplace and is good for a rest after walking around the lake. You can hire the snowshoes and cross country skis. You can enjoy a walk on the Bokke nature trail which is behind the museum.

    We went here with our family and it was a nice stop for about an hour. There are tons of hands on learning type events and my kids enjoyed the glassed in room with telescopes. Its certainly a nice...

  • Hakodate Community Design Center
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 4-19
    The Hakodate Community Design Center is located in a building that was originally constructed in 1923 to serve as the Hakodate Branch of the Maruiimai clothing chain; the renovated building reopened as the Hakodate Community Design Center in April 2007. The Center disseminates information about local matters, including tourist information. The Center is around one minute’s walk from the Jujigai streetcar stop, and immediately adjacent to the Jujigai bus stop.

    函館山ロープウェイの山麓駅から南部坂を下って行くと市電通りに面して立っていました。やや円形のレトロな建築物で、外観を眺めるだけでも十分と云えそうでした。後日、館内を訪問してみたところ観光客向けの施設を兼ねておりパンフレット類も設置されていました。

  • Asahikawa Tourism and Local Products Information Center
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    Hokkaido Asahikawashi Miyashitadori 8-3-1JR Asahikawa Eastern Concourse
    A center providing information on tourism and local products located in the East Concourse of Asahikawa Station. The center can tell you about sightseeing and tourism spots in Asahikawa and the Dohoku region. The center has pamphlets in multiple languages for international tourists. Tourism advisors are also always on hand who are happy to help you with your tourism needs. In the local specialty products corner, you can buy local foods and merchandise themed after animals in the Asahiyama Zoo. There's also a restaurant space where you can enjoy Japanese-style curry and other favorites as well as Hokkaido sika deer hot dogs and other dishes made with distinctive Hokkaido ingredients.

    Very friendly staff that speaks English well and helpful in providing information. Love the fact that it has a prayer room for the muslim visitor to perform prayers. Thank you for the best...

  • Kawayu Eco-Museum Center
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou Kawayuonsen 2-2-6
    Located in the Akan Mashu National Park, this nature encounter center combines field experience and a building where the natural environment, history and culture of the local Mashu region are introduced. In addition to the panel and model displays, one can take free guided walks, and craft-making out of the natural materials. The second floor is used for community space where one can enjoy a coffee, high-definition videos or relax in the space to just enjoy viewing the woodlands.

    Quite a bit of the information is in English and this is made very well to learn about the nature in the area- highly recommended to stop and read about where you are, the wildlife and plants of the...

  • Sounkyo Visitor Center
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    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Kamikawacho Sounkyo
    This facility provides advice and information about nature learning and experiences with the theme of interactions between people and the nature of Daisetsuzan National Park. It has exhibits using hi-vision videos and dioramas, and teaches about Daisetsuzan throughout the four seasons.

    One would not expect plenty of wildlife in a visitor center, but Sounkyo definitely top the list. Young children will go gaga over the amount of animal display, from a huge bear, birds of all...

  • Koshimizu Primeval Garden Information Center HANA
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    Hokkaido Sharigunkoshimizuchou Hamakoshimizu
    Located at the Koshimizu Natural Flower Garden in Abashiri Quasi-National Park, the “Hana” Information Center has a wide-screen movie theater showing films about the natural wonders of Koshimizu and how they change with the seasons, displays of specimens of the wild flowers that are found in the Koshimizu Primeval Garden, a shop, etc. Visitors are sure to enjoy themselves here whatever the weather. The Center is around 20 minutes’ journey by bus from Abashiri Station on the JR Senmo Line; get off at the “Gensei Kaen” bus stop.

    天然のお花畑が素晴らしい小清水原生花園。その最寄りの駅である原生花園駅に隣接して建っているのがこちらの施設「小清水原生花園インフォメーションセンターHANA」です。 花の咲く時期限定の季節営業のようで、私たちが訪れた4月中旬は、まだシャッターが閉じられていて営業していませんでした。

  • Elra Plaza Yoichi-cho Tourist Information and Souvenir Center
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 5-43
    The tourism and production center adjacent to JR Yoichi Station sells special products and also offers tourist information. In the souvenir corner there is a wide variety of liquors including Nikka Whiskey famous from the NHK morning drama and Yoichi wine. Their freshly baked apple pies using locally grown apples and handmade gelato are loved not only by tourists but also by locals. On the second floor is “Jump Kingdom Yoichi Exhibition Hall” displaying approximately 200 items of ski jumping Olympic medalists including skis they used etc.

    余市駅ビルの位置付けのようで、土産物類のショップとバス案内所が同居していました。一寸した土産物調達には便利で列車待ち時間に有効利用出来ました。

  • Shiretoko World Heritage Rusa Field House
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Kitahama 8
    The Shiretoko World Heritage Rusa Field House was established to spread awareness of the Shiretoko Peninsula (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), including its terrestrial and marine ecosystems, the importance of the seas of Shiretoko, etc. The Field House also provides talks about the important rules to follow and responsible behavior when visiting the area, with the aim of preventing unnecessary accidents and safeguarding the natural environment. The Field House is open between May 1 and October 31 each year. The Field House is located approximately two hours and 40 minutes’ drive from Memanbetsu Airport on National Highway 334, and around 20 minutes’ drive from Rausu City.

    ここはほかの施設と違い、知床岬を徒歩あるいはカヤックでめざす方向けのレクチャーガイドに特化した内容になっています。なので一般の方が見ても、危険がいっぱいということしかわからないです。

  • Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Shikotsukonsen Outer spot
    Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center is an exhibition facility that introduces the nature of Lake Shikotsu in a friendly way based on the theme: “Tothe forests, to the mountains, to the lake, another journey at Lake Shikotsu.” In the visitor center, where you are greeted by a stuffed brown bear, you can learn about the formation of Lake Shikotsu, the status of the volcano which is still active, and the ecology of the living creatures around Lake Shikotsu through videos, photographs and 3-D models.
  • Volcano Science Museum, Toyako Visitor Center
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    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen 142-5
    Toyako Visitor Center and Volcano Science Museum is an exhibition facility that introduces the natural environment around Lake Toya and the natural history of Mt. Usu. You can learn about the volcanic activity through commentary panels with a focus on huge aerial photographs and actual specimens, as well as the ecology of the animals and plants and the mechanism of the lake. You can also experience walking around Nakajima Island which formed in the middle of Lake Toya about 50,000 years ago, and there are regular workshops and events such as making watches with tree nuts. You can have fun while connecting with nature.
  • Asahidake Visitor Center
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    Kamikawa-gun Higashikawa Yukomanbetsu (asahidake onsen)
    The Asahidake Visitor Center is near Asahidake Station on the Asahidake Ropeway and is the central location for the sightseeing in Mt. Asahi. Here you can see displays, photos and a DVD about the origin of Mt. Asahi and the nature surrounding Mt. Daisetsu. There is a place to sit down and relax where people who have been enjoying mountain climbing, walking and cross country skiing can unwind. At the information counter, you can hire snowshoes and cross country skiing equipment. They also have the latest local information and information on guides.
  • JR Furano Station Information Center
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    Hokkaido Furanoshi Hinodemachi 1-30
    A tourist information center located next to JR Furano Station. Here you can find all sorts of tourist information about Furano. They offer volunteer tour guides, recommend local lodgings and activities, book tourist taxis, and deliver luggage to your lodging allowing you to sightsee unencumbered. (JNTO Registered Information Center-Hokkaido Prefectural Governmental Registration for Tourism 3-547)
  • Hakodateyama Fureai Center
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Aoyagicho 6-12
    This is a facility providing information to climbers on wildlife and nature, as well as walking courses, at the entrance to Cape Tachimachi Teishajosen, near the Hakodate Seikan Renrakusen Memorial Monument. Volunteer guides are available between Thursdays and Saturdays if reserved in advance. The center explains the best courses for climbing, as well as the wildlife and plants living on Mt. Hakodate. The center is not only for mountain climbers, but is also recommended as a museum. There is an open space next to the center where visitors can learn from the displays while enjoying a break.

    本来は自然豊かな函館山のビジターセンター的な役割を果たすべきなのですが、活動が消極的で館内も雑然としています。せいぜいトイレに立ち寄るぐらい。情報はここに集まりません。いくら函館市が指定管理者に丸投げだからといって、これはハズカシイ。自然が好きな人が働いているレベルで、動植物の専門家もいないようです。これが国立公園だと予算の出所が違いますが、所詮函館市の公園管理部署というカテゴリー。まあ、言っても...

  • Shiretoko National Park Nature Center
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    Hokkaido Sharigunsharichou Onnebetsumura Iwao Iwa 531
    Shiretoko Nature Center displays original images of the Oku Shiretoko which cannot be easily entered, as well as pictures of the scenery taken from the sky and giving a bird’s eye view. Information counters also provide information on Shiretoko nature. Visitors are also able to rent boots and binoculars. It is located approximately one hour 45 minutes by car from Memanbetsu Airport.
  • Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association
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    Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido Utoro west 186-8
    "This tourist association is located inside Shari-cho Industry Hall. Besides introducing popular tourist attractions including the eight main sightseeing spots (Shiretoko Hakkei) on its official website, it also has a lot of information about lodging facilities, restaurants and souvenir shops. It releases the latest news of information such as drift ice and winter road conditions. You can also download guide maps. In addition, it also organizes the Shiretoko Snow Wall Walk held every April, and has stalls for trekking bear character ""Toko-san"" goods."
  • Kamifurano Tokachidake Tourist Association
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    Hokkaido Sorachi-gun Kamifurano Cho Nakamachi 1-1-8 Central Plaza 1F
    This tourist office is a three-minute walk from Kamifurano Station on the JR Furano line. It offers all kinds of information about the best parts of Kamifurano Town and local sightseeing spots. Kamifurano Town, at the base of the Tokachi mountain range, is famous for its lavender fields, among the largest in Japan and one of Hokkaido's main symbols. This area is beautiful year-round. In spring, the scenery is blessed with cherry blossoms against the snowcapped mountains in the Tokachi range, in summer lavender and other colorful flowers cover the ground, while in autumn this area sees Japan's earliest fall foliage season, and in winter the area is famed for the diamond dust phenomenon. They also offer information on places to eat, hot spirng, and more, to make sure you can experience the very best of what Kamifurano has to offer.
  • Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center
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    Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido Utoro west 186-10
    The Shiretoko World Heritage Conservation Center has suggestions about the best places to see in the Shiretoko Peninsula (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), along with important information updated in real-time. There are life-size photographs of some of the animals that live in Shiretoko, including the brown bear and Hokkaido Sika Deer, etc., as well as models showing the tracks that the different animals leave. The Center also explains to visitors how to travel in Shiretoko in a responsible and considerate manner. The Center is located adjacent to the Utoro Shiretoko Rest Area.

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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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