Hokkaido

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

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    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

    Farm/Ranch

    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

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    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

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    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

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    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/Tour

    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

    Resort–Sight

    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/Tour

    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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