Whether you are a seasoned traveler or just a wanderer, Hokkaido fits your bill perfectly, as it encompasses umpteen diverse destinations.
Jun 14, 2019
Hokkaido occupies 22% of the country’s land and engulfs Japan’s northernmost prefecture. Be it the magnificent snow festivals, national parks, beautiful lakes, or activities like skiing, Hokkaido can quench the thirst of every traveler in its own enticing way.
Shiretoko National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shiretoko National Park’s biodiversity is preserved amazingly well by keeping it aloof from the city life, one can either walk, ferry or hike to experience its spanning vistas.
Blue Pond in Biei
Though artificially created Blue Pond in Biei exhibits a mind- blowing spectacle every season. The color of the pond ranges from a vibrant turquoise to emerald to cobalt blue making it a staggering sight along with the surrounding trees.
The natural hot springs at the volcanic crater Jigokudani (Hell Valley), above the Noboribetsu Onsen, are a sight not to be missed. Stone demon statues, Primeval Forest and the spectacular views of Shiho Peak illuminate the city even further.
The capital city of Hokkaido prefecture and Ishikari sub-prefecture, Sapporo comprises of assorted tourist attractions, informative museums and authentic regional food especially, the Ramen. Also, the world renowned Sapporo Snow Festival is a Must-visit.
Otaru's exquisitely preserved canal area and the captivating herring mansions are crucial attractions. The city is illustrious for its Music Box Museum, sake breweries and glassworks.
With a finely evolved cityscape, the night view in Hakodate is renowned as one of the most magnificent night views in Japan. Nevertheless, the panoramic scenes in the daylight from Mount Hakodate are as breath-taking.
Furano is abundant in nature and colorful gardens, especially the lavender fields that bloom during summer. Snowboarding and skiing are popular activities in winter, for which the Furano Ski Resort is well-known.
Witness a dramatic sighting in Abashiri, the drifting ice that moves down the Sea of Okhotsk from Siberia. One can opt for an ice cruise here to experience this phenomenal view closely.
Shizunai’s Nijukken Road is lined with thousands of sakura trees and renowned to be Japan’s longest row of cherry trees. One can experience an astounding tunnel of cherry blossoms here in Spring.
Another amazing city, which also happens to be the second largest in Hokkaido, Asahikawa is distinguished for its local zoo and the yummy Asahikawa Ramen.