Saturday, May 14, 2011

What to see and do in Hokkaido?

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If you are planning for a visit to Hokkaido, let me give you a list of all the places of interest in Hokkaido which are inside the travel itineraries of most travel agencies that may be of interest to you!

Noboribetsu (hub of hot springs (onsen) )

Noboribetsu- Toya Jigokudani (Hell Valley)

Noboribetsu shopping street

Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura (a theme park set in the Edo period)

Sapporo (largest city in Hokkaido)

Ishiya Chocolate Factory (Must try the famous White Lovers’ Chocolate)

Asahi Beer Factory / Japanese Beer Factory

Odori Park (venue of annual Hokkaido Snow Festival) surrounded by the diminutive
Tokeidani Clock tower with a museum on the first floor as well as the Sapporo NHK TV tower

Old Hokkaido Government Building

JR Shopping Tower

Susukino, Japan largest entertainment district popular with its night life

Tanukikojo shopping arcade (largest shopping mall in Hokkaido)

Sapporo underground shopping mall

Sapporo Station Shopping Arcade

Sobetsu Fruits Farm /Diary Farm

Nijo Seafood market / Sapporo Morning Fish Market

Susukino Ramen Yokocho (alley)

Sapporo Ramen Stall

Hokkaido Jingu Shrine

Mount Tengu (ascend via cable ride)

Mount Moiwa

Okurayama Observatory at top of Mount Okura

Asahikawa (second largest city in Hokkaido)
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum

Asahikawa shopping street (main street: Kaimono Koen)

Sounkyo Gorge at foot of Mount Daisetsu (witness the amazing Ryusei-no-taki falls (Shooting Stars Falls) and Ginga-no-taki falls (Milky Way Falls), Mount Daisetsu has also a national park called Kitano Mori, Obako and Kobako are the most beautiful places in the gorge

Asahikawa Heiwa Dori Shopping Park

Asahikawa zoo

Ramen Village

Asahikawa snow wonder land (open during winter, if not proceed to the ice pavilion, where temperature is kept at minus 20 degrees Celsius and you can even experience a mind blowing minus 41 degrees Celsius at one point in the pavilion!)

Otaru (most romantic town in Japan)

Otaru canal

Otaru-Orgel Doh (Otaru Music Box Museum) / Crystal Musuem

Kitachi Glass Gallery

“Classic European Walk”

Furano (excellent cultivation fields for flower blooming, an excellent place to experience power snow in Japan)

Tomita Farm (Flower themed garden famed for its Lavender)

Furano Fruit Winery

Furano Cheese Factory

Furano Jam Garden

Jozankei/ Toyako
Lake Toya

Lake Toya is flanked by Showa Shinzan (Mount Showa), Mount Usau and Mount Yotei. You can take a sight seeing ferry ride around the 4 islands in Mount Toya. You can also try rafting and canoeing in Shiribetsu River near Niseko which is near to Lake Toya or take a ropeway to Mount Usuzan behind Lake Toya. Kyogoku-cho’s ‘Fukidash park’ is also nearby)

Nishiyama Crater Promenade

Bear Ranch

Shiraoi Ainu Village


Chitose outlet malls (Rera Premier Outlets)


The hill of seasonal colours (Tokachidake mountain range), often called the ‘Flower Paradise”