We’ve compiled the best of the best in Hokkaido - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Daisetsuzan National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Daisetsuzan, which means great snow mountain, refers to the park's five major peaks, whose altitudes approach 7,560 feet. They are climbable...Read More

  • 2. Hokkaido Jingu

    Chuo-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Follow the long gravel paths under Maruyama Park's tall cypress trees until you come to the main gate of what looks like a fortress. Before...Read More

  • 3. Shiretoko Goko


    A stop for every tour bus route in the region, this collection of small lakes sits on a forested precipice above the ocean. It takes just over...Read More

  • 4. Shiretoko National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A highlight of any trip to Hokkaido, the spectacular and miraculously uninhabited Shiretoko National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. On...Read More

  • 5. Akan National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Volcanoes rise from primeval forests and lakeside beaches bubble with hot springs in this national park, unfairly overshadowed by neighboring...Read More

  • 6. Kushiro-Shitsugen National Park


    Graceful red-crested cranes preen and breed in protected Kushiro Wetlands, which constitutes 60% of Japan's remaining marshes. These rare cranes...Read More

  • 7. Lake Akan


    Out on Churui Island, silence is green among Akanko's strangest inhabitants, marimo, as they nestle peacefully in display tanks. Marimo are...Read More

  • 8. Nakajima Koen

    Chuo-ku | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This green oasis is a 10-minute walk beyond Susukino's lights and contains Hoheikan, a white-and-blue Russian-influenced 19th-century imperial...Read More

  • 9. Rausu-dake

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Towering 5,448 feet along the spine of the peninsula, Mt. Rausu is snow-covered from October to June. The most accessible trailhead is 5 km...Read More

  • 10. Rebun-to


    Created by an upward thrust of Earth's crust, Rebun-to is the older of the two main islands in the Sea of Japan. Many travelers flock here when...Read More

  • 11. Rishiri-to


    If you're driving along the western side of Hokkaido, the coastal road offers you a view of Mt. Rishiri for an hour or two. This Mt. Fuji clone...Read More

  • 12. Shikotsuko-Toya National Park

    Scenic Drive

    Mountains, forests, hot springs, caldera lakes, and volcanoes are virtually in Sapporo's backyard, less than an hour's drive away. Route 230...Read More

  • 13. Soun-kyo


    Running through a 15-mile-long ravine, Route 39 cuts through the northeast entrance of Daisetsuzan National Park. For 5 miles, sheer cliff walls...Read More

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