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. Aurora Icebreakers

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    If you really want to break the ice in future conversations about Hokkaido and you're in Abashiri between late January and early April, take...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. Night View from Mt. Hakodate


    Rated as one of Japan's three finest night views, the Mount Hakodate Observatory delivers sweeping views of urban Hakodate and the surrounding...Read More

  • 10. Niseko


    Between the skier paradise of Mt. Annupuri and gorgeous Mt. Yotei is a gentle landscape of hot springs, dairy and vegetable farms, and hiking...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. Sapporo Olympic Museum

    Chuo-ku | Museum/Gallery

    Leap off a ski jump into the freezing air and land like a pro—or not. In this museum at the base of the Olympic Okura Jump, a realistic simulator...Read More

  • 13. Showa Shinzan


    During an earthquake in 1943, Showa Shinsan rose suddenly from a farmer's wheat field. Kept secret during the Pacific War as a potentially unlucky...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Soya Misaki


    This is the end of Japan. Ahead of you, across the frigid waters, is Russia's Sakhalin Island (sometimes visible). This lonely but significant...Read More

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