8 Captivating Hokkaido Attractions to Experience on Your Trip
Have a look at some of the suggestions below to ensure you don't miss out on anything during your trip to Hokkaido.
Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, and is a popular destination for tourists and travelers. The island is known for its natural hot springs, volcanoes, and ski resorts, although it has many more things to offer. Hokkaido offers a variety of activities that appeal to adults, children, couples, and entire families. It is easily one of the most colorful and culturally-rich parts of Japan and has gained the reputation for satisfying every tourist or traveler that goes its way. Here’s a brief guide to eight incredible activities you must do while you’re in the Hokkaido area.
Sapporo Snow Festival
If you happen to be in Hokkaido in February you can’t miss the Snow Festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital. The Sapporo Snow Festival is a seven-day event that features winter’s main components, ice and snow, as their main protagonist. The festival displays ice sculptures, snow statues, and other winter-infused forms of visual art. In addition, you can enjoy local performance art acts, choreographies, and live music from both local bands and international celebrities.
The city of Asahiyama is the second-largest city in Hokkaido, located in the center region of the island. It is well-known for Asahiyama ramen and the Asahiyama Municipal Zoo. The Asahiyama Zoo is the most popular attraction of the city and may take a whole day to cover from toe to toe. It has a large selection of animals, and features animals from arctic regions such as the polar bear, arctic wolf, and the arctic fox, among others. Asahiyama Zoo is a great place to bring your entire family, as it offers activities that cater to everyone from children to grown ups.
Fifty kilometers off the northwest shore of Hokkaido lies the island of Rebun. Rebun Island offers exotic views and great weather, combined with incredible hiking trails for the adventure lovers. The most famous hiking course takes you from the north side of the island to the southernmost corner, and is filled with breathtaking scenery. Rebun is also home to a Chashi, the traditional name given to the hilltop fortresses of the native Ainu people. To top it all off, the highest point of the island, Mount Rebun, offers the best view and place to have a picnic or nice day out.
Odori Park is located in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s biggest city. It is one of the venues that hosts the annual Sapporo Snow Festival and covers about 1.5 kilometers in the heart of the city. The park is a reference point in the city as it divides it into the north and south sections, since it was designed to be the main square in Sapporo.
Adventure enthusiasts will have a blast at Lake Mashu. Have you ever taken a swim in an active volcano? This may very well be the chance to get that off your bucket list. Lake Mashu is a lake located in Teshikaga, and it was formed in an active volcano. It’s a great place for a relaxing swim in its therapeutic waters and for a nice tan. The magical lake water is filled with nutrients and is rumored to have a rejuvenating effect on people who swim in its still waters.
Cape Kamui is located on the Shakotan Peninsula, and its main characteristic is that it is situated by the amazing rugged shorelines and emerald green vegetation. Part of the natural reserve Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park, Cape Kumai has preserved all of its natural beauty and has been enhanced with sitting areas as well as picnic areas. Great for romantic getaways and photography lovers as well.
Sapporo City is home to a handful of small, forested mountains surrounding the city. One of the most memorable ones is Mount Moiwa. Mount Moiwa is a very popular viewpoint, sightseeing spot, and ski destination for Sapporo natives and tourists from all over the world. After recently experiencing extensive renovations, the observation deck on the summit of the mountain offers a luxurious restaurant and an incredible view of the city. The Mt. Moiwa Ski Resort lies on the southeastern part of the mountain and features a fully-equipped ski resort for singles, couples, and entire families.
Sapporo Clock Tower
The Sapporo Clock Tower is the symbol of Sapporo City, and one of the most trafficked spots in Hokkaido. It’s one of the only buildings with a western style that remains from the western style architecture developed in the 1870s. It’s a great place to learn more about the Sapporo culture, and if you’re lucky enough you can catch a concert. These are normally carried out in the upstairs hall.
Hokkaido offers a great variety of activities and must see attractions. If you’re into nature, architecture, history, culture, cuisine or just travelling in general, Hokkaido is the place to be. If you’re in Japan, Hokkaido is a must see destination that just can't disappoint!
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