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  • 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.

    We caught a tram to a stop close to this tower. You get wonderful views of the area, especially the star-shaped Fort. It is interesting to read about the history of the area. We had an enjoyable...

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mt. Moiwa Mountaintop Observatory
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Fushimi 5-3-7
    Observatory in Sapporo, Chuo Ward. View the city of Sapporo from 531 meters up Mt. Moiwa. A popular location for dates to observe the city at night. The observatory has resting areas and benches, as well as a restaurant which offer different foods depending on the day and year.
  • 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.

    This place is very famous in Japan. You often see photos of Clark's statue on the cover of travel guides or on posters. You have a nice view of Sapporo from this hill, with green fields in the front...

  • 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.
  • Lake Akan-ko Ainu Kotan
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen
    About 120 Ainu people live on the banks of Lake Akan, the largest Ainu Kotan (Ainu settlement) in Hokkaido. At the Ainu Theater Ikoro you can enjoy the ancient dance of the Ainu, designated as a National Important Intangible Ethnic Cultural Property. It is also a place for the production and sales of traditional folk craft. There are tours for you to be able to experience Ainu culture, so please make sure you have plenty of time when you visit.
  • Hosooka Observation Tower
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    Hokkaido Kushirogunkushirochou Hosooka
    Hosooka Observation Tower is located east of the Kushiro wetlands. You can see the magnificent Kushiro wetlands, the winding Kushiro River, Mt. O-Akan and Mt. Me-Akan from this tower. This tower is the most popular out of a number of towers. It is also known for its sunsets, and the beauty of the vast wetlands colored with red and orange hues is worth a visit.
  • Hachiman-Zaka Slope
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou
    Hakodate has many hills but this particularly steep hill is famous for offering the most beautiful scenery. It is loved as the “Charmy Green Slope” as it was used as a location for a Charmy Green commercial. Once you’ve made it to the top you’ll be overwhelmed by the beautiful road extending out towards the ocean. Part of the hill’s appeal is the different views that can be had during each season. There are also steps and handrails going up to the top of the hill.
  • 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.

    On the way from Lake Akan to Sapporo and stopped by after reading some positive reviews. Certainly not disappointed. Walking routes were well mapped out and we took the ‘rabbit’ trail which took us...

  • Nusamai Bridge
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Kitaodori
    At the time the bridge was built in 1889, it was the longest wooden bridge in Hokkaido. The current bridge is the fifth reconstruction and was completed in 1976. Nusamai Bridge is counted as one of the top three bridges in Hokkaido. The four sculptures of nudes, representing the four seasons, on its handrails give the bridge an exotic feel. Enjoy the fantastic sight of sunset, street lights, and the four sculptures, with the vast ocean in the background.
  • 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.

    I really liked our trip out to the Marsh Observatory. The place is easy to find with good parking. We didn’t venture into the pay to see observatory but took a long walk round the surrounding area...

  • 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.
  • Motoizaka Slope
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou
    Motoizaka takes its name from the fact that in the Meiji period it was used as a milestone to measure distances. Here you can find the former British Consulate, the Commemorative Statue of Commodore Perry, and the impressive Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward with its pale blue and yellow appearance, and from Motomachi Park at the top of the slope you can see the city of Hakodate, one of Hakodate’s most famous sights.
  • 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.

    i should preface that sports are not important in my life. thus visit to this former winter olympic site means very little to me.

  • 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 it's 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...

  • Lake Akan Observatory
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    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen Shurikomabetsu 4-4
    This observation area is located in the south of the hot spring resort along the shore of Lake Akan. Although a ski resort in winter, you can easily make it up here by car in the summer. Overlooking Lake Akan, and with views of Mt. Oakan and Mt. Meakan directly ahead, it’s a wonderfully picturesque spot where you can enjoy the magnificent Akan caldera.

    現在、阿寒でルート整備中の散策路です。途中まで乗用車で行くこともできますし、展望台には、阿寒湖から歩いてきたというご夫婦もいらっしゃったように散策で登ってくることもできます。少し距離がありますが。ボッケの湖周辺の散策に加え、白湯山の山散策路を楽しむことが来年できるようになるようです。

  • Shirakaba Highway
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shirogane
    About 16 kilometers from JR Biei Station is the Shirakaba Highway, a stretch of road approximately four kilometers in length heading towards Shirogane Hot Spring. Shirakaba, which has grown naturally wild from the mud slides of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Tokachi in 1926, has been selected as one of Hokkaido’s top 100 natural sights. You can enjoy bird watching and long forest walks along the pathway which follows the Shirakaba Highway.
  • 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...

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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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