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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Akanko Onsen

    Arts/Performance Venue

    A major stop on bus tours, this small town on the lakeshore has giant hotels blocking the views from the main road. Kitschy souvenir shops sell...Read More

  • 6. Farm Tomita


    In Japanese eyes, lavender is one of the favorite souvenirs Hokkaido, and this is the farm where it all started—back in 1903. Now thousands...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Otaru Canal Cruise


    Since everyone comes to Otaru for the canals, why not go out on them? When you have worn out your feet for the day, try taking a 40-minute Canal...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Toyako Onsen and Sobetsu Onsen

    Scenic Drive

    World leaders met here for the G8 Summit in 2008, but Lake Toya is best known for its geothermal events. In March of 2000, Mt. Usu exploded...Read More

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