#1. Festivals at Odori Park – Sapporo
Odori Park is a large park with a total area of 7.8 hectares located in the center of Sapporo City. It is a relaxing space for local residents and tourists, there is about 4,700 trees and there is 92 different kinds of trees, there is also many flowers and fountains in the park.
Some festivals including the Lilac Festival, the Yosakoi Soran Festival, and the Snow Festival are held. Moreover, you can’t miss the grilled corn which is sold at the food stalls in the park.
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Address: 1-12 Odori Nishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido
1 minute walk from Odori Koen Station
15 minute walk from Sapporo Station
Website: Odori Park
#2. Beautiful Flowers at Shikisai no Oka – Furano
Shikisai no Oka is a place where you can feel all the different season in Hokkaido. In the huge area of 15 hectares, there are various kinds of flowers blooming from spring to autumn. The orchard is a beautiful green in the summer and autumn, winter is superb because the land is covered by snow and everything is pure white. There are some activities including riding on a go-kart in summer and playing in the snow during the winter.
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Shikisai no Oka
Address: Shinsei, Biei, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 25 minute walk from Bibaushi Station
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (April to May and October)
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM (June to September)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (November)
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (December to February)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (March)
Admission Fee: Free
*200 yen donation is appreciated
Website: Shikisai no Oka
#3. Amazing Scenery at Unkai Terrace – Tomamu
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Hoshino Resorts Tomamu is a well-known place for winter activities and the special views of the surrounding landscape. Tomamu is surrounded by Mount Tomamu and Hidaka Mountains, so “Unkai” or the cloud sea, frequently emerges more compared to other places.
Hoshino Resorts Tomamu established the “Unkai Terrace” at an altitude of about 1,008 meters to see the cloud sea. After a 13 minute ride on the gondola, you can view have a dynamic and beautiful view of the cloud sea from the observatory area or the cafeteria.
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Hoshino Resorts Tomamu
Address: Nakatomamu, Shimukappu, Yufutsu District, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 10 minute shuttle bus ride from Tomamu Station
4:00 AM – 8:00 PM (May to August)
4:30 AM – 8:00 PM (September to October)
2,200 yen (Adult)
1,300 yen (Child)
500 yen (Pet)
#4. Fantastic Blue Water of Aoi Ike – Biei
“Aoi Ike” means blue pond in Japanese. The color of water is cobalt blue, but depending on the angle and the season the color of the water can change. The pond is surrounded by trees and it’s always quiet. It is recommended to stay at Shirogane Onsen near the pond.
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Address: Shirogane, Biei-cho, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 10 minute walk and 20 minute bus ride from Biei Station
Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Website: Aoi Ike
#5. Travel Back to Edo Period at Jidai Mura – Noboribetsu
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Noboribetsu Date Jidai Mura in Noboribetsu is famous for the onsen resorts in the area. It is a theme park focused on the Edo period in Japan, you can watch an exciting ninja show and a beautiful oiran dance. There are other things to experience such as trying to throw shuriken like a ninja and dress up like a samurai, a ninja, or a maiko. Taking pictures while dressed up costs a little bit of money.
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Noboribetsu Date Jidai Mura
Address: 53-1 Naka-Noboribetsu-cho, Noboribetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 8 minute bus ride from Noboribetsu Station
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Winter)
2,900 yen (Adult)
1,500 yen (Child)
Website: Noboribetsu Date Jidai Mura
#6. Walk Along the Otaru Canal – Otaru
Otaru Canal is a place of international trade and it is still continuing on today at Otaru port. The historic old brick warehouses are a symbol of trading. The street along the canal creates a nostalgic atmosphere which is different in each season.
The winter nights are the most beautiful time to walk along the canal because the streets are covered with pure white snow and there are orange retro gas lamps illuminating the walkway.
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Address: 4 Minato, Otaru City, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 8 minute walk from Otaru Station
Website: Otaru Canal (Japanese)
#7. Night View from Mt. Hakodate – Hakodate
Mt. Hakodate is famous for the world’s best night views. The land is fan-shaped, it is illuminated by the city lights and that creates a fantastic scenery just like twinkling stars in the sky. It is recommended to ride the cable cars to the summit of Mt. Hakodate, the cable car takes you to the summit in three minutes.
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Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
Address: 14-12 Suehiro Hakodate, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 5 minute walk from “Aoyagi” stop on the street tram
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (April 25 to October 15)
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (October 16 to April 24)
1,280 yen (Adult)
640 yen (Child)
Website: Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
#8. Cute Animals at Asahiyama Zoo – Asahiyama
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Asahiyama Zoo is one the most popular zoos in Japan because of the unique exhibitions that keeps the animals in a near to natural environment to reduce stress on the animals and to teach people about animal habitats. Some of the animals at the zoo are polar bears, penguins, and seals. They are always up and moving. it’s a fun place to visit.
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Address: 11-18 Kuranuma, Higashi Asahikawa-cho, Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture
40 minute bus ride from Asahikawa Station
35 minute bus ride from Asahikawa Airport
9:30 AM – 5:15 PM (April 29 to October 15)
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM (October 16 to November 3)
10:30 AM – 3:30 PM (November 11 to April 7)
9:30 AM – 9:00 PM (August 9 to August 15)
*Closed December 30 to January 1
Admission Fee: 820 yen (Adult)
Website: Asahiyama Zoo (Japanese)
#9. Relax at Noboribetsu Onsen – Noboribetsu
Noboribetsu Onsen has been around since the Edo period and it became one of the best spa resorts in the Meiji period. There are many hotels in the area or enjoy a one day-trip to the onsen resorts in Noboribetsu, so you can have a relaxing time after enjoying the town’s scenic spots. “Jigoku dani” or hell valley, is known as a place to view the volcano and the beautiful autumn leaves.
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Address: Noboribetsuonsen-cho, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 10 minute bus ride from Noboribetsu Station
Website: Noboribetsu Onsen
#10. View Goryokaku Fort from Goryokaku Tower – Hakodate
Goryokaku, the star-shaped fort, was the location of the last civil war in Japan. It is now a relaxing place for people to walk around. Goryokaku Tower is the best spot to see everything because you can view entire star-shaped fort and the city. The fort is bordered by a pink line of cherry blossom trees in spring and in winter there is the illumination called the “Dream of Stars”.
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Address: 44 Goryokaku, Hakodate City, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 15 minute walk from “Goryokaku Koen Mae” stop on the street tram
Website: Goryokaku Park (Japanese)
#11. Ski or Snowboard at Ski Resort – Niseko
Niseko is one of the biggest ski resorts in Japan and highly appreciated by skiers and snowboarders because of the quality of the snow. You can enjoy nice spas around the ski resort to cure your fatigue and relax after skiing or snowboarding.
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Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort
Address: 485 Aza Niseko, Niseko-cho, Abuta City, Hokkaido Prefecture
Access: 10 minute drive from Niseko Station
Website: Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort