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  • Lake Shikotsu
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Lake Shikotsu Visitor Center
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    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    As I have known Lake Shikotsu is a crater lake, I've been wondering why it has a gourd-like shape, narrowed on the north and the south shores. The center revealed the story to me. The lake used to...

  • Hokuren Kururu no mori
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kitahiroshimashi Omagari 377-1
    At Kururu no Mori you can try your hand at farming and cooking. It’s a very rewarding experience to both sow and harvest with your own hands. There are restaurants and cafes on the large farm which use freshly harvested produce. Advanced booking is required to take part in farming and cooking. Food from around Hokkaido is also available at the store which sells meat and other farm produce lovingly provided by farmers.
  • Kirin Beer Hokkaido Chitose Brewery
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    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Kamiosatsu 949-1
    Kirin Beer Hokkaido Chitose Brewery is a brewery the design concept for which aimed to create a “brewery that reflects the spirit of Hokkaido by being in harmony with nature.” The “Secrets of Kirin First-press Beer Experience Tour” brewery tour, which gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the special secrets and attention to detail that underpin the deliciousness of Kirin Beer, and also provides a sensory experience of the production process, is very popular. Following the tour, visitors have the opportunity to taste freshly-made beer. Besides the regular brewery tours, this brewery also holds a variety of special events throughout the year; Kirin Beer Hokkaido Chitose Brewery is an “open” brewery that maintains close links with the local community, and has won the hearts of many people.

    A bus will take you to the bottling factory and assembly line after tickets have been bought. Tour is primarily conducted in Japanese and ends at the beergarden where 3 samples of beer are included...

  • SKY MUSEUM
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    73 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Terminal Building 3F
    The SKY MUSEUM is situated on the Third Floor of the Domestic Terminal Building at New Chitose Airport. There is a Work Experience Corner where visitors can try on a pilot’s or flight attendant’s uniform, flight simulators, etc., and also a Kids’ Corner for children. The SKY MUSEUM also has an observation deck where visitors can get a close-up view of planes landing and taking off, which is well worth a look. A wide range of unique airport-themed goods and local specialties are available for sale. The SKY MUSEUM is a place that both adults and children will enjoy!

    Really a continuation of the shops with a few displays that are 'museum-like'. This is nothing special but if you have time it is an OK stroll.

  • Royce’ Chocolate World
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    447 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Terminal Building 3F Smile/Road
    Located inside the New Chitose Airport terminal building, Royce’ Chocolate World is a chocolate-related entertainment facility operated by Royce’ Confect Co., Ltd. Inside the facility there is a small-scale chocolate factory where visitors can watch chocolate being made through a transparent glass window, a museum with displays on the raw materials used to make chocolate, the history of chocolate, and other chocolate-related topics. There is also a shop selling the confectionery and pastries made in the factory. Both children and adults will have a great time here.

    A place not to be missed since it is conveniently located inside new Chitose airport. They showed a couple of chocolate manufacturing process along the way and some displays of their history and...

  • iWAFO
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Iwamizawashi Yonjounishi 2 Nakanotana Market
    A tourist information and local specialty products center in Iwamizawa City. In addition to top Iwamizawa souvenirs, you can also find a variety of informational tourism pamphlets here. There are also polite staffs always on hand who are happy to give you tourism information. New products are periodically featured on the facility's blog. Some of the many specialty products sold here include dressings, ginger ale, crunchy konbu seaweed, and pheasant soba made with local ingredients.
  • Salmon Park Chitose
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Hanazono 2-4-2
    A roadside station standing along National Route 337 connecting the cities of Chitose and Otaru. The Chitose River flows through the grounds and when in season you can see salmon swimming upstream here. The rest area has a large children's space and many families with children stop by here. The Chitose Aquarium, one of the largest freshwater fish aquariums in Japan, adjoins the station, and here you can see salmon as well as freshwater fish from around the world. A fish wheel on the river is used to catch salmon and you can observe the salmon fishing process.
  • Kiusu Earthwork Burial Circles
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Chuou
    This mass burial site, located near the Chitose-higashi interchange on the Doto Expressway, dates back to the ancient Jomon period. This site is the largest such burial ground from this period in Japan. Comprised of eight burial mounds in total, the mounds are characterized by a donut-shaped earthen embankment surrounding a sunken pit. This style has only been seen in Hokkaido and teaches us about the social systems of the people who lived here regarding burial rites and ancestor worship. Actual artifacts from the site are displayed in the Chitose Archaeological Center to the west in Chitose City.
  • Ana Festa (Chitose Lobby Branch)
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi Domestic terminal building 2F
    A gift shop which sells specialty products from various areas, goods for airplane travel, and more. The New Chitose Airport Lobby location across from departure gate B carries popular Hokkaido gifts and specialty products. The shop is crammed with products, from standards like Shiroi Koibito cookies and Jaga Pokkuru potato snacks to wieners, cheeses, and potatoes. The shop also carries an abundant selection of bento box lunches featuring the tastes of Hokkaido, giving customers to enjoy an airplane bento in the middle of their trip.
  • Kamaei New Chitose Airport Shop)
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi Chitose airport lobby
    A long-standing kamaboko seasoned fish paste company founded in 1905. At the New Chitose Airport lobby location, you can enjoy fresh-made kamaboko on the spot. One particularly popular choice is the bread roll-kamaboko enwrapped in bread. Due to its short shelf life, you can only enjoy this exquisite treat here. Also popular is the bread roll with potatoes, corn, and cheese inside, only served at the New Chitose Airport location. The shop sells a variety of other highly original products, making it a great place to stop by and pick up a few souvenirs.
  • Sorachi Wine Station
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Iwamizawashi Yonjouhigashi 1 Hotel Sun Plaza 1F
    A wine shop, bar, and restaurant located inside Hotel Sunplaza in Iwamizawa City. The establishment stocks over 40 varieties of domestic wines including ones from the local Sorachi area. The establishment also stocks over 400 varieties of international wines and you can conduct a tasting with an advance reservation. There's also a bar where you can try the wines sold in the shop area. The establishment also serves dishes which go well with wine made with local ingredients, making it a great place to enjoy Hokkaido wines to your heart's content.
  • Sky Shop Ogasawara
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Terminal Building 2F
    A comprehensive gift shop located on the second floor of the New Chitose Airport terminal building. The shop carries a wide range of popular souvenirs from famous Hokkaido companies as well as seasonal specialty products. The New Chitose Airport Sakusaku Pies, sold only here, were created in collaboration with the famous confectionary company Rokkatei. Created by baking cold white chocolate between crispy pie crusts, these popular sweets are said to have a best-by time period of just 10 minutes.
  • Hokkaido Honpo (comprehensive souvenir shop)
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi 987 - 22 New Chitose Airport Domestic Terminal 2F
    A direct sales shop primarily selling souvenirs located on the second floor of New Chitose Airport's Domestic Terminal. Here you can purchase souvenir standards like Shiroi Koibito and Butter Sand cookies, as well as gooey Omocheese cheesecake cubes and marine products like the top three Hokkaido crab and ikura salted salmon roe varieties. The shop also sells a wide selection of alcoholic beverages such as Kojin junmai daiginjo sake created by Kojinsha company, which operates the shop; and Pirikawakka, a local Hokkaido beer which took the silver medal at the Asian Beer Cup 2015.
  • Hokkaido Konosha
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Terminal Building 2F
    A farm fresh shop primarily selling Hokkaido wines and cheeses located on the second floor of the domestic passenger terminal building in New Chitose Airport. Here you'll find products like OcciGabi Wine, a wine by an up-and-coming Hokkaido winery; Fattoria Bio Hokkaido Cheese created by a real Italian cheese master; and North Farm Stock brand foods made with top quality Hokkaido ingredients. You can also buy tomatoes grown by the Hokkaido Konosha company.
  • Airport History Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal Building 3F
    A museum located on the third floor of the New Chitose Airport domestic terminal building between the food court and Super Lounge. The history zone which looks at the history of New Chitose Airport using photographs and informational panels, while the gallery zone displays historical uniforms and items from events held at the airport. A third area, the symbol zone, contains numerous models of historic JAL and ANA airplanes. Visitors can easily view the entire museum in about 15 minutes.
  • Blue Sky
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Terminal Building 2F
    A comprehensive souvenir shop located on the second floor of the New Chitose Airport domestic departures terminal building. Designed around the concept of delicious things available any time from the airport, the shop sells renowned sweets such as Tokachi Toteppo Kobo Steam Engine Sables and Hogaja scallop fritters. The shop is also the only place in the airport where you can eat Ishiya's Shiroi Koibito soft serve ice cream. The combination of Hokkaido milk and Shiroi Koibito white chocolate results in a simple, delicious flavor.
  • Kushiro Minato Ichiba (Chitose Airport Branch)
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi 987 - 22 New Chitose Airport Passenger Terminal 2F Shopping Area Zone Inside Fishery Market Area
    A select products shop located on the second floor of New Chitose Airport's Domestic Terminal. The shop primarily carries marine products such as pastas, rice bowls, and other dishes made with sea urchin; Kushiro ikura salted salmon roe pickled in soy sauce and flavored with natural spices; and big oysters. The shop also carries products aimed at international tourists and offers an international shipping service. The shop also displays videos presenting the natural beauty and charms of Kushiro and Hokkaido's Doto region, and hosts tourism PR events.
  • Dezuka Suisan (New Chitose Airport Shop)
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Passenger Terminal Building 2F
    Dezuka Suisan is a long-standing kamaboko steamed fish paste shop founded in 1930. The New Chitose Airport is located on the second floor of the domestic terminal building. People love the shop's kamaboko made with fresh seafood from the Sea of Okhotsk. Here you can order fresh-cooked kamaboko starting from just a single piece. The bacon and cream cheese kamaboko, only sold at the New Chitose Airport location, comes in a charming package resembling a box of fashionable European cookies and is particularly popular with young women. The shop carries many other Okhotsk Monbetsu seafood treats, such as Hokke no Hiraki.
  • Sapporo Tokyu Department Store (New Chitose Airport Branch)
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Domestic Terminal Building 2F
    A souvenir shop located on the second floor of the New Chitose Airport domestic departures terminal building. This is the New Chitose Airport location of the Tokyu Department store located in Sapporo's Chuo Ward. Here you can buy famous Hokkaido sweets like Rokkatei's Marusei Butter Sandwiches, Ishiya's Shiroi Koibito cookies, and Royce Baton Cookies; as well as Hokkaido fruits, vegetables, and marine products. The shop's selection of dairy products is the best in the airport; you'll also find an abundant selection of foods like ham and ramen.

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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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