Other Sightseeing Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Sapporo TV Tower
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 1
    Built in the eastern end of Odori Park, this television tower has a height of 147.2 meters. It was constructed when television broadcasting first began in Sapporo. Now it is popular as a view spot that affords a 360° view of Sapporo’s urban area. One can appreciate the scenery of Sapporo’s four seasons including the abundant greenery of Odori Park, the YOSAKOI Soran Festival, and the Sapporo Snow Festival from the observatory that is 90.38 meters from the ground below. Inside the tower is a restaurant and shop selling merchandise for the television tower’s character, Terebi Otosan (TV Dad).

    I walked the 352 steps up to the 3rd floor and it was a killer. haha Reasonable price at ¥720 (about $10 Australian dollars). Very small at the observation deck with souvenir stalls all around (leave...

  • 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.

    The view from Mt Okura Observatory is stunning, at night you can see the city lights spread out in front of you. The cable car was enjoyable. By the way, if you take the bus to the Observatory, make...

  • JR Tower Observation Deck T38
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitagojounishi 2-5 JR Tower 38F
    The observatory boasts a height of 160 meters above the ground. The special elevator from the sixth floor takes you up directly to the top 38th floor and from there you have a large panoramic view of 360 degrees of the cityscape of Sapporo. Art work is scattered around the observation deck and there is also a café and souvenir shop. Please stop by the men’s toilet “viewing restroom” for a feeling of spaciousness.

    Good service well managed to stop overcrowding , you can take as long as you want up top easy to get too .

  • Kushiro Marsh Observatory
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Hokuto 6-11
    The building of Kushiro Marsh Observatory was designed by architect Kiko Mozuna and is reminiscent of a Western European castle. Inside are exhibits which tell us about the background and seasons of the marshland as well as a diorama replicating the marsh. The views from the observatory on the third floor overlooking the vast marshy grassland are really quite spectacular. A 2.5 kilometers long boardwalk has been built around the building from where you can possibly catch a glimpse of the wildlife such as the White-faced Darter dragonfly or the Siberian salamander.

    Unfortunately on the day we visited it was snowing hard, but the center has numerous exhibits regarding wildlife seen in the Kushiro area. There is an open air observatory at the top, a gift shop and...

  • Silo Observatory
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    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Naruka 3-5
    This is an observation deck on the west bank of Lake Toya. It is a great place to overlook Lake Toya as well as Nakajima Island, Mt. Usu and Mt. Showa Shinzan. The second floor viewing restaurant is large with 216 seats and has many customers from group tours. The Hokkaido souvenir shop on the first floor with many souvenirs is also convenient.

    This place has a magnificent view of Lake Toya because of the elevation. Nice place to visit. The TOYA sign is cool to take pictures to prove your visit. The store also has a lot of sovereign...

  • Manabe Garden
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    Hokkaido Obihiroshi Inadachou East 2-6
    A garden of approximately 79,000 square meters open to the public which is also a farm importing, producing and selling trees, operated by “Manabe Garden Nurseries”. It is well-known for its production of conifers, unusual in Japan. The garden has three differently themed areas—a European garden, a Japanese garden and a landscaped garden for you to stroll around. We hope you enjoy the scenery which is as magical as if you were lost in a fairytale land.

    Big garden with many varieties of plants and trees. Typical Japanese landscape including a children playground . Cafe is nicely decorated.

  • Rokka no Mori
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    Hokkaido Kasaigunnakasatsunaimura Tokiwa West 3 rd line 249 - 6
    Rokka no Mori is a garden run by Rokkatei, a confectionery manufacturer closely associated with Hokkaido. A wide variety of flowers—including the “Six Flowers of Tokachi” that appear on Rokkatei confectionery wrappers—bloom in the garden at different times of year, making this an extremely beautiful place to visit. With the Naoyuki Sakamoto Commemorative Hall (dedicated to the artist who created the images seen on Rokkatei confectionery wrappers), several art galleries, and a rest house (with restaurant and shop), there is plenty to see and do as you enjoy strolling round the garden. Please note that Rokka no Mori is closed during the winter months.

    This was the 5th and final garden we visited during our recent holiday in Obihiro. I have to say its really quite difficult to determine which of the 8 gardens making up the Hokkaido Garden Path is...

  • 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.
  • Ura-Mashu Observatory
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    Kiyosato-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
    The mysterious Lake Mashu is famous for the clarity of its water. There are several observation decks around Lake Mashu; the Ura-Mashu Observation Deck is situated on the opposite side from First and Third Observation Decks. Because the Ura-Mashu Observation Deck is situated at a relatively low elevation, the view of the Lake is obscured by fog less frequently than it is from the other Observation Decks, increasing the likelihood that visitors can get a good look at the beautiful lake surface. This is a relatively little-known spot that offers marvelous scenery.

    This is one of my favorite spots in Hokkaido! The observatory of Lake Mashu on the eastern side of the lake, in my opinion, is much better than that on the western side in a sense that there are...

  • Lake Mashu First Observation Deck
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunteshikagachou
    Lake Mashu, which is located in Teshikaga, Kawakami District, Hokkaido, has some of the clearest water in the world, with a unique blue tint that has come to be known as “Mashu Blue”; it is a very popular tourist attraction. Lake Mashu is often covered with dense fog; tourists from all over Japan flock to the Lake to experience its mysterious beauty during the brief periods when the fog lifts. Of the three observation decks around the Lake, the First Observation Deck is the most widely used; it provides excellent views of Lake Mashu, Kamuishu Island in the middle of the Lake, and the imposing mountains that surround the Lake. There is a rest house where visitors can buy snacks and local specialty products.

    The lake in my opinion is the most beautiful lake in Hokkaido. However, it does get cold because of the crazy winds but three is a tourist shop that can keep you warm. Come here if you are in...

  • Goryokaku Tower
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Goryoukakuchou 43-9
    The Goryokaku Tower is an observation tower located near the entrance of the Goryokaku Park, and the current tower is the second one to be built here. You can see almost all of Goryokaku from the observation floor, which is at a height of 107 meters. Inside the tower, a special display allows you to learn about the history of Goryokaku. In addition, there is the “see-through floor,” where you can see directly below you through a tempered glass floor as well as a shop where you can buy original Goryokaku goods. The bronze statue of Toshizo Hijikata, who came from Goryokaku is also not to be missed.
  • Mombetsu Okhotsk Tower
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    Hokkaido Mombetsushi Kaiyoukouen 1
    This observation deck in Monbetsu City Hokkaido lets you view up to 1000 meter off the Monbetsu coast. The first floor of this four story tower is built 10 meters under the water. It is not only a tourist attraction for observing the Okhotsk Sea, but a research facility. In the winter you can view the Shiretoko Mountains capped in snow or the drift ice on the sea.

    Quite a disappointment , having waited eagerly for two years to come back again to this area. It’s essentially a mini aquarium. Going down to B1 only- to see small fish tanks. There is a viewing...

  • Rausu Kunashiri Observation Tower
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    Hokkaido Menashigunrausuchou Rebunchou 32-1
    The observation tower is on a hill 167 meters above sea level close to the built-up area of Rausu Town. From the deck you can see the Sea of Okhotsk up close, and if the weather conditions are right you can see the magnificent view of Kunashiri Island. In the observation tower you can see various displays and videos regarding the Northern Territories dispute.

    Driving up to the observatory requires skill on winding roads, but it is worth the effort. Kunashiri, now a Russian occupied island, is just over there. The overview of the Rausu port and the...

  • Tsubetsu Pass Observatory Facility
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    Hokkaido Abashiriguntsubetsuchou Kamisato
    This observation deck is positioned at an altitude of 947 meters on the pass between Tsubetsu Town and Teshikaga Town. From here you can see Lake Kussharo down below and the Shiretoko Mountains in the distance. If the weather conditions are right, sometime between the months of June and October you can witness a sea of cloud completely cover Lake Kussharo. Watching the sun rise from out of this sea of white cloud is an unbelievable sight.

    If you are around and its not raining, go up there! The view is spectacular! Beware of the road leading to the lookout though. For many months, the road from Lake Kussharo is closed and you have...

  • Wakkanai 100th Year Memorial Tower / Northern Memorial Museum
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    Hokkaido Wakkanai-shi Yamu Wakkanai Wakkanai City Northern Memorial Hall/Opening Centennial Memorial Tower
    The 100th Year Memorial Tower is in Wakkanai Park and was built in 1978 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Wakkanai City and the 30th anniversary of the municipal organization. The tower is 80 meters high and is 250 meters above sea level. The Northern Memorial Museum is on the first and second floors and mainly displays valuable documents that tell the history of Wakkanai. There are also documents related to descendants of the Ainu people and a display about Rinzo Mamiya. There is a big 360-degree panoramic view from the observatory which is 70 meters high and you can see Rishiri and Reibun Islands if it is a sunny day. Also you can see all the way to Karafu Island if the conditions are favorable. Be aware that the tower is closed from the end of October to the middle of April.

    I went late in the day so didn’t pay to go to the top. Anyway why bother as its only an extra 40m on top of what you see from ground level. Superb lighting and a wonderful view.

  • Yuhidai Observation Deck
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    Hokkaido Shari-gun Sharicho Utorokagawa
    Yuhi means sunset, so this observation deck is particularly famous for its beautiful sunset views at a corner of the National Shiretoko Campground. Counted as one of the eight main sightseeing spots of Shiretoko, the beautiful orange sunset over the Sea of Okhotsk is truly a sight to behold.

    Go early for a good spot! Space is limited if you want a front row space, so if you like taking pictures, definitely go early.

  • Chachanobori Slope
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi
    Chachanobori Slope is a narrow slope of road passing between Hakodate St. John’s Church and Hakodate Orthodox Church up the road from Motomachi Catholic Church on the Daisanzaka Slope. In the Ainu language ‘cha cha’ means grandfather or old man. As the name suggests, it’s a steep slope, so you really need to bend over at the waist like an old man in order to climb up. From the top of the slope however you can get beautiful city views of Hakodate. You can enjoy the exotic beauty of this slope especially in fall when the Japanese rowan trees splash the street with their distinctive red color.

    This is the spot to take the picture perfect photo of Hakodate Bay over the roof tops of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church as seen in travel brochures.

  • Mt. Hakodate Observatory
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Hakodateyama
    Mt. Hakodate Observatory on the summit of Mt. Hakodate affords views of Hakodate and its suburbs. The Mt. Hakodate Ropeway reaches the summit from the base in about three minutes. From the rooftop observation deck on the top floor, you can enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Hakodate, which have been given a three-star rating in the “Michelin Green Guide Japon” travel guide. Inside the observatory, there is a gift shop selling Mt. Hakodate-limited merchandise as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy the chefs’ signature Japanese and Western cuisine while gazing at the night view full of an infinite number of lights.
  • 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.

    「さっぽろ羊ケ丘展望台」に行った際に発見しました。50年位前にヒットした石原裕次郎氏の「恋の街札幌」にちなんで30年前にこの碑がここに作られたそうです。 「時計台の下で逢って--」で始まる歌・・・女心を男:石原裕次郎氏が哀愁こめて歌うのを碑を見て思い出しました。上手くは歌えませんが思わずを口ずさみました。

  • Sarubo Observatory
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    Hokkaido Kawakamigunshibechachou Touro
    Sarubo Observatory is located on top of a low hill to the north of Lake Toro. Besides Lake Toro (the largest coastal lagoon in the Kushiro Shitsugen), visitors can also enjoy views over four nearby ponds (Sarurunto, Ponto, Eoruto and Makunto). This is a very popular spot for enjoying Hokkaido’s beautiful natural scenery.

    小さな駐車場にクルマを停めて、山を少し登ります。 駐車場は最初通り過ぎてしまいました。 登っている時に鹿がいました。

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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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