Nature Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • 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.

    Breathtaking views and a pleasant drive around the lake. Plenty of places to stop along the way. I suggest stopping at Sobetsu-Cho for the waterfall and also visit the Windsor Hotel Resort. Cherry...

  • 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.

  • Cape Nosappu
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    Hokkaido Nemuroshi Nosappu
    Located at a longitude of 145°49'01'' East, Cape Nosappu is the easternmost point in Hokkaido. As the sunrise here occurs earlier than anywhere else in Japan, many people come here to see the first sunrise of the New Year on New Year’s Day. On a clear day, the Northern Territories (islands that were formerly Japanese territory but are now occupied by Russia) can be seen in the distance; a number of monuments etc. (including the Shima-no-kakehashi Bridge) have been constructed near the Cape to express the desire for the return of the Northern Territories to Japan.

    I made it to my fourth corner of Japan - the Easternmost corner - and I didnt do enough research beforehand. There are several museums and they all talk about getting islands back from Russia. I...

  • Cape Erimo
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    Hokkaido Horoizumigunerimochou Erimomisaki
    Cape Erimo is a cape at the southernmost point in Hokkaido, where the Hidaka Mountains gradually fall in elevation as they approach the Pacific Ocean. It is renowned as one of the windiest places in Japan, with wind-speeds that often exceed 30 meters per second. At the Erimo Wind Museum, visitors can experience Erimo’s strong winds for themselves, and both adults and children will enjoy viewing wild Harbor Seals from the Museum’s observation deck. In 2010, Cape Erimo was designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty under its Ainu-language name Pirika Noka (meaning “beautiful shape”), in recognition of its spiritual importance to the Ainu people as a sacred place.

    It takes about 4 hours from Sapporo to Cape Erimo by car through the highway. Usually, the wind is very strong there, and this cape is often misty. Please take care of the weather. Scenery surrounded...

  • Notsuke Peninsula
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    Hokkaido Notsuke-gun Betsukaicho Notsuke
    This 26 kilometer-long peninsula is Japan's longest sand spit (a long landform that protrudes out into the ocean). Visitors to its untouched natural environment can see plants such as todowara and narawara across the entire peninsula. The sight of traditional Utasebune Hokkai shrimp fishing sailboats floating in Notsuke Bay also has a whimsical beauty.

    The group of us drove along this scenic route towards the lighthouse recently. It beautiful views of the Kunashiri mountains across the sea. We saw lots of deer grazing along the patches of grass...

  • Otaru Canal
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Minatomachi
    Otaru Port played an important role as a gateway in the development of Hokkaido. During the late Taisho period small boats called “barges” were used to unload ships, but as the amount of cargo increased, the “Otaru Canal” was constructed so the barges could enter the warehouses directly. There are 63 gas lamps along the cobbled pathway and at night the lights create a nostalgic atmosphere. The warehouses along the canal are wooden frame and stone constructions kept in their original state, currently used as restaurants, etc.
  • Sahoro Bear Mountain
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    Hakodate, Shintoku-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
    At Sahoro Bear Mountain the largest species of Hokkaido brown bear can be observed in an environment close to their natural habitat. You can get up close with the bears moving about in the forest from behind the safety of the reinforced windows on the bear watching bus and you can watch the bears go about their day from the relaxed setting of the high-rise walkway. You can also get to touch the bears through the glass of the special viewing area located in the middle of Bear Mountain; a truly memorable experience!

    The bears are free (almost...) and visitors are able to watch from promanande on the trees and from a special glass house. Although a bit expensive, it is worth it. Pay attention - if you have a...

  • Shirogane Blue Pond
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shirogane
    Depending on the time of year and the angle that you view it from, the water of Shirogane Blue Pond may appear either blue or green. Surrounded by ancient trees (including Japanese Larch), and with the sunlight creating magical effects on the water’s surface, this is a very popular place for taking photos. In winter, the Pond is illuminated, creating an even more mysterious effect. The Pond receives very large numbers of visitors on weekends and during the Golden Week (roughly April 29 to early May) holiday period, so it’s best to allow yourself plenty of time to get there.
  • Tsurumidai
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    Hokkaido Akanguntsuruimura Shimosetsuri
    Tsurumidai is a bird-feeding station that every year, between November and March, is visited by large numbers of Japanese Red-crowned Cranes. The Cranes are fed twice a day, in the morning and around 2:30 p.m. Originally, the Cranes were fed by the teachers and students of the local elementary school. When the school closed down, Ms. Tome Watanabe, who lived nearby, decided that she would keep feeding the Cranes, and has continued to do so since then, which is another reason for Tsurumidai’s fame. Sometimes, nearly 200 Cranes can be seen.

    Visited on a sunny but very cold day in late March and the snow has melted. There were perhaps 5-6 cranes. Feeding has stoppped here but I saw a field of cranes feeding themselves on fresh crops...

  • Mt. Moiwa
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    Sapporo city Hokkaido Minami-ku
    This 531 meters tall mountain is in Sapporo's Minami Ward. Located roughly in the heart of the city, you can get to the middle using the cable car or Mt. Moiwa Sightseeing Highway by car, and from there take the Morisu Mini Cable Car to the top. There are also hiking paths to the top. From the peak, you can look out over Sapporo and Ishikari Bay on the Sea of Japan, making it a popular night time viewing spot.
  • Lake Saroma Wakka Primeval Flower Garden (Ryugu Kaido)
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    Hokkaido Kitami-shi Tokorocho Sakaeura
    "The name ""Wakka"" means ""fresh water"" in Ainu language and the name comes from the phrase ""Wakka-O-I,"" meaning ""a place with fresh water."" It stems from the fact that there was a pond from which fresh water gushes forth near the center of the shoal of Lake Saroma. The road that leads for the shoal is called the Ryugyu Highway and has long been a beloved as a great place to see both the sea and the lake. More than 300 varieties of flowering plants in the area, which is a breeding ground for wild birds. The flowers reach peak bloom between late June and mid July most years."

    I dont necessarily look back at my 6 months in Kitami with regret (since I made some memorable acquaintances there), but to say the city is lacking in entertainment would be an all-time...

  • Cape Soya
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    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Souyamisaki
    "There is monument featuring a motif of the North Star, indicating the north latitude of 45° 31' 22"", and the northernmost point of Japan located at the northern tip of Hokkaido main island in Wakkanai City. There also stands a statue of Rinzo Mamiya who discovered the Mamiya Strait. Looking straight out over the ocean you can see the outline of Sakahlin 43 kilometers away, and you can feel that you are indeed at the northernmost point of Hokkaido. "
  • Lake Shikotsu
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Shikotsukonsen Bangaichi
    Lake Shikotsu is a large caldera lake of almost 40 kilometers in circumference in Chitose City, Hokkaido. It is Japan’s northernmost ice-free lake with high water transparency and a maximum water depth of 363 meters. The three Shikotsu peaks of Mt. Eniwa, Mt. Fuppushi and Mt. Tarumae tower over the lake surrounded by green forests. We encourage you to enjoy the view of the cobalt blue scenery from the underwater sightseeing cruise boat.
  • Onnenai Boardwalk
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    Hokkaido Akan-gun Tsuruimura Onnenai Onnenai Visitor Center
    This is a wooden pathway that starts from the Onnenai Visitor Center at the western end of the Kushiro Wetlands. There is a two-kilometer barrier-free wooden boardwalk that allows you to stroll through the Kushiro Wetlands, observing the flora and fauna of the changing seasons. Also leading to the promenade of Kushiro Marsh Observatory, it is a very popular place to enjoy a gentle stroll. It takes approximately one hour to go around once. Depending on the season, you can enjoy seeing flowers such as bogbean, cotton grass and bog rosemary as you go around wetlands of reed, sedges and peat moss. In addition, you can see wild birds, and Heike fireflies from July to August.

    Arriving just after daybreak the bridge was busy but people faded away. I counted approx 15 cranes you need decent binoculars or scope, as well as the cranes I saw a white tailed eagle, kingfisher...

  • Cape Ogon
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    Shakotan-cho, Shakotan-gun, Hokkaido
    Cape Ogon protrudes out into the sea just beyond Bikuni Harbor. There is an approximately 410-meter footpath, with three entrances giving access to the observation platform. In the past, a lookout tower was located on the Cape to watch for shoals of Pacific herring out at sea, and the name “Cape Ogon” (“Golden Cape”) was given to the Cape because the shoals of herring flashed gold in the setting sun. The way in which both the sky and the sea become tinged with crimson as the sun goes down is very beautiful, and Cape Ogon has been said to have the best sunsets in Japan.

    This is probably missed by most people on the way to Cape Shakotan. Its however just a short walk from the Shakotan tourist centre. It is a hilly trail and a pretty short walk, till you reach a 2...

  • Mt. Hakodate
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    Hokkaido Hokkaido City
    A mountain famous for its view of the lights of Hakodate at night. There are many ways to get to the top of the mountain to enjoy the view, including a ropeway, bus, and by car (note that the mountain is closed to cars from mid-November to early April); from the top, you can getting a sweeping view of the city below—in addition to the nightscape, visitors are also recommended to take in the daytime view as well as sunset. There's a restaurant at the top from which diners can take in a meal and the view, as well as a shop selling popular Hokkaido sweets and original merchandise.
  • Cape Kimuaneppu
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    Hokkaido Tokoro-gun Saromacho Horoiwa
    Located on the southeastern side of Lake Saroma, it is a cape that stretches like a terrace. Many visitors visit Lake Saroma to view the sunset from one of the best sunset lookout points. In addition, you can see native plants such as common glasswort, Japanese rose, Siberian lupine and iris, as well as groups of swans flying to the lake in the winter.

    初夏のシーズンともなれば、原生花園のような小さな植物の群生を見る事が出来ます。サロマ湖も晴れていれば先の突端まで見通せます。見所は散策路と自然といった所です。

  • Lake Akan
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen
    Located within Akan National Park, Lake Akan is the fifth largest freshwater lake in Hokkaido. Lake Akan is famous as the habitat of the Marimo alga and the Kokanee landlocked salmon, both of which have been designated as Special Natural Monuments. In winter, the entire lake freezes over, enabling people to enjoy winter activities and sports such as fishing for Japanese Pond Smelt through the ice-skating, etc.
  • Cape Chikyu
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    Hokkaido Muroranshi Bokoiminamimachi 4-77
    Cape Chikyu is famous for its approximately 14-kilometer stretch of spectacular cliffs, which average around 100 meters in height. On days when the weather is good, the observation platform at Cape Chikyu offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean; the Cape is very popular as a place to view the first sunrise of the new year on New Year’s Day, with many people coming to watch the sun rise up out of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Chikyu also has a wealth of natural interest; for example, it is famous as a nesting site for peregrine falcons, which come here to breed because of the food source provided by the large numbers of migratory birds.
  • Midori no Shima
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Omachi 15
    Located a three-minute walk from the Omachi tram stop, this artificial island is in the western part of Hakodate. Half of this pentagon-shaped artificial island, which was built with sediment material generated from the servicing of Hakodate Port, is blanketed in grass. Other than being used for such activities as soccer practice and kite flying, you can also enjoy other activities such as jogging and fishing. With the installed benches and pavilion, you can leisurely gaze at the sea. From the surrounding walking paths, you can look out over Mt. Hakodate, the cityscape of the western district and the red brick warehouse. On clear days, you can even make out Mt. Komagatake and other beautiful mountains in the distance.

    多目的広場などがある島ですが、空いているのは9-20時でそれ以外の時間は入口箇所が施錠されており入ることはできません。散策や釣りができるようですが、観光的な要素はあまりなく地元住民がメインなのかなぁといったところです。ペットなどの散歩はできないようなので注意が必要ですね。

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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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