A Picture of Hokkaido

Hokkaido is full of charm: nature, gourmet food, various activities, and hot springs. You will definitely find something special to suit your taste during your trip.

Hokkaido abounds in fascinating nature and beauty in every season. Furano and Biei are picturesque hilly districts with beautiful contrasts of colorful flower fields and grain fields. The Doto (eastern Hokkaido) area is well known for the natural beauty of its mountains and ocean, and is home to Shiretoko, a World Heritage site. You can also explore its marsh on a tram. In the famous sightseeing city of Hakodate, you can enjoy Japan’s most spectacular night view, an exotic townscape, and a soak in a hot spring. Last but not least, spoil yourself with gastronomic wonders of outstanding northern gourmet cuisine, including seafood such as crab, scallops and salmon, and local ramen noodles.

Autumn and winter are also great times to visit. Mount Asahi of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group often makes the news as the earliest place in Japan where the leaves change color, usually during the end of August. Shiretoko National Park, a World Heritage Site, also boasts a beautiful spot to see the autumn colors. Mount Rausu, the highest peak in the area, presents a smooth surface of trees that seem to slide downward, and the sight of the autumn foliage reflected in the tranquil Shiretoko Goko Lakes is simply incredible.
In winter, the largest event in Hokkaido is the Sapporo Snow Festival. Here, you can see incredible statues carved out of the silvery white ice and snow. In Mombetsu, you can ride the Garinko II, an icebreaker sightseeing boat. The drifting beauty of the ice floes contrasts well with the incredible power of the boat, making for a memorable sight. Finally, at Asahiyama Zoo, you can see a number of adorable animals, including penguins.

Come experience the majesty of Hokkaido's four seasons for yourself!

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Spring and Summer

  • Garden Path

    Garden Path

    "Garden Path", a 250 km long route connecting Hokkaido’s eight representative gardens

    Each garden in Hokkaido has its own characteristics. "Ueno Farm" is full of the charms of Hokkaido's unique plants. This is the garden that represents Hokkaido the most. "Windy Garden" showcases each season with 365 varieties of plants and was also used as the setting for a popular Japanese TV drama. "Daisetsu Forest Garden", which celebrated its grand opening in April 2014, creates breathtaking scenery with seasonal flowers. It is an attractive garden which makes you feel like visiting it each season.

  • Flowers of Hokkaido

    Flowers of Hokkaido

    The flower season has come! Enjoy the early-summer "Flower Continent, Hokkaido"

    In the early summer of Hokkaido, all the flowers, which have been waiting for the arrival of the season, start flowering in a burst! Japan’s representative flower, the cherry blossom, when in full bloom at Japan's first western-style castle, Goryokaku, and along Nijukkan-doro in Shin Hidaka-cho, offers must-see breathtaking views. Pink moss flowers spreading all over like a pink carpet can be seen at Takinoue Park, Takinoue-cho, and in Higashimokoto, Oozora-cho. Beautiful tulips in a variety of vivid colors can be viewed in Kamiyubetsu, Yubetsu-cho. Enjoy the beautiful flowers as Hokkaido proudly emphasizes on its flower tourism.

  • Hakodate

    Hakodate

    Night view, hot springs, historical romance: Hakodate is a place where everyone can have fun

    Hakodate, with its abundant charms, is one of the most famous sightseeing cities in Japan. A must-see destination is the night view you can enjoy from Mount Hakodate, which is one of the three major tourist spots with spectacular night views in Japan. The night view is unique and breathtaking because you can see the ocean on both sides of the mountain. It is also special to savor seafood while watching the fires lit on boats to lure fish in Yunokawa hot spring resort, Hakodate. The exotic bay area, which used to flourish as a northern gateway, with red brick warehouses, churches, western-style buildings, and nostalgic hills also adds charm to Hakodate.

  • Furano and Biei

    Furano and Biei

    Furano and Biei - Vast and beautiful areas where you can enjoy the beauty of nature

    Furano and Biei are attractive areas, representing Hokkaido's unique vast scenery. Their lavender fields are best to see at the end of July. Their vibrant, deep purple color and rich fragrance spread everywhere. Also, a blue pond with magical blue water called “Biei Blue” is very famous as a new power spot. “Patchwork Path” is a treasure to the eye where patchwork-like fields stretch in different colors each season.

  • Doto (Eastern part of Hokkaido)

    Doto (Eastern part of Hokkaido)

    A trip in Doto to embrace the beauty of nature

    The attractive points of a trip in Doto are its nature and gourmet food. In Shiretoko area, which was designated as a world heritage site, you can enjoy both the mountains and the ocean. The Shiretoko mountain range viewed from Shiretoko Goko (five lakes) and the beautiful nature of Shiretoko viewed from the ocean offer a memorable experience. Savor Hokkaido’s gourmet food at Washo Market in Kushiro. From Kushiro Marsh Norokko-go (a slow tram), which runs through Japan’s largest marsh, “Kushiro Marsh”, you can enjoy the views of the marsh and the meandering Kushiro River.

  • Gourmet food in Hokkaido

    Gourmet food in Hokkaido

    Hokkaido is full of delicious food!

    Hokkaido, which faces the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, and the Sea of Okhotsk, is a gastronomic heaven. Hokkaido’s representative seafood is crab. There are various types of crabs including horsehair crab, red king crab, snow crab, and blue king crab. Hokkaido has its unique method to season Ramen noodles to overcome its frigid climate. At Washo Market, one of Hokkaido’s long-established markets, you can choose your favorite seafood toppings and put them on rice to make your own "Katte-don". This is highly recommended!

Autumn and Winter

  • Autumn Colours (Mount Asahi of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group)

    Autumn Colours (Mount Asahi of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group)

    See the earliest autumn colours in Japan at Mount Asahi of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group.

    Mount Asahi is Hokkaido's highest mountain with an elevation of 2,291 meters, and is known as "Hokkaido's Roof." Because of its great height, the leaves here change colour around the end of August, with Japanese rowan being the first trees to change. Not just Mount Asahi, but the entirety of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group brightens in hues of red, orange, and yellow, from the forests to the mountains. On the ropeway up Mount Asahi, visitors are treated to a leisurely view of this beautiful sight. With the mountain rising up before you, and the vivid forest spreading out below you, this is one ride that shouldn't be missed.

  • Autumn Leaves in Shiretoko

    Autumn Leaves in Shiretoko

    Autumn and its myriad colours are especially wondrous at the World Heritage Site, Shiretoko National Park. From the dynamic autumn leaves of Mount Rausu to the almost mystic beauty of autumn reflected in the Shiretoko Goko Lakes, autumn in Shiretoko is a great time to visit.

    Located in the north of Hokkaido, the World Heritage Site Shiretoko National Park blossoms into colour in mid-September. Mount Rausu and the other mountains of the Shiretoko mountain range begin to change from the top down, and seeing these mountains is one of the biggest reasons to come in autumn. The other notable spot is by the shores of the Shiretoko Goko Lakes, surrounded by virgin forest and tranquilly reflecting its endless beauty.

  • Gourmet food in Hokkaido

    Gourmet food in Hokkaido

    Hokkaido is full of delicious food!

    Hokkaido, which faces the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, and the Sea of Okhotsk, is a gastronomic heaven. Hokkaido’s representative seafood is crab. There are various types of crabs including horsehair crab, red king crab, snow crab, and blue king crab. Hokkaido has its unique method to season Ramen noodles to overcome its frigid climate. At Washo Market, one of Hokkaido’s long-established markets, you can choose your favorite seafood toppings and put them on rice to make your own "Katte-don". This is highly recommended!

  • Sapporo Snow Festival

    Sapporo Snow Festival

    Enjoy the varied and beautiful ice sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival.

    Sapporo is the heart of Hokkaido, and so it comes as no surprise that it hosts one of the largest and most prominent events in Hokkaido, the Sapporo Snow Festival. In early February, over two million domestic and international tourists visit Sapporo to see a drama of snow and ice unfold across the 1.5 kilometer stretch of Odori Park. The great ice sculptures, carved from pure white snow and clear ice, will show you a sight that you will not soon forget.

  • Ice Floes (Garinko II)

    Ice Floes (Garinko II)

    Taste the beauty of the ice floes and the overwhelming power of the icebreaker Garinko II.

    The ice floes of the Sea of Okhotsk are a poem, written on the frozen waves. The icebreaker, Garinko II, departing from Monbetsu harbor, can take you to see them, but it offers more than just views of the wintry sea. When you ride the Garinko II, you can feel the ice reverberate in your bones as it is smashed and pulverized by the might of this unique ship. And who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of a seal or the Steller's sea eagle. Don't pass up the opportunity to have an experience like no other, onboard the Garinko II.

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