Hokkaido Travel Guide

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Sapporo

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178,439,174

Otaru

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47,156,31

Hakodate

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81,245,107

Noboribetsu

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14,61,0

Hokkaido

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14,38,26

Wakkanai

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13,27,25

Kushiro

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16,53,47

Fuji

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36,92,0

Asahikawa

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8,24,36

Kami-furano

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13,67,0

Sounkyo

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4,3,11

Kitami

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4,7,32

Shiraoi

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2,9,0

Biei

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10,20,0

Toya-ko

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6,24,0

Nemuro

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3,4,12

Jozankei

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2,3,13

Akan-ko

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5,4,0

Obihiro

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5,0,35

Kutchan

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0,1,0

Toyako-onsemmachi

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5,16,0

Toya

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3,18,0

Shintoku

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1,2,0

Nara

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5,49,0

Naka-furano

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6,14,0

Fukushima

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6,13,10

Chitose

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3,12,26

Abashiri

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2,5,31

Sapporo

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  • Sapporo railway station

    Sapporo Transportation

    Trains is the best way to travel around in Japan. If you take the train from Sapporo to Tokyo, for instance, you will go cross the tunnel called Seikan, one of the longest in the world but in the tunnel you would see nothing, only darkness.

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  • Sapporo Grand Hotel

    Sapporo Hotels

    This is Hokkaido's first Western Style hotel, founded in 1934. It's a 5 or 6 star hotel and very...

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  • Motorcycle Rental in Sapporo

    Sapporo Transportation

    It is possible to rent a Motorcycle in Sapporo. There are a number of rental shops. The one I use is the Eagle Motorcycle Rental shop located in Shiroshi Don't think about renting a motorcycle to ride in the snow ( November to April ). Outside winter, Hokkaido provides some excellent riding opportunities. Be sure to bring your International Drivers...

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Otaru

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  • Rent a car and drive to Cape Kamui

    Otaru Off The Beaten Path

    About 70km North west from Otaru is Cape Kamui (神威岬) in Shakotan (積丹町).On the route to breathtaking sea views, are small fishing villages dotting the area.Mapcode to the parking area near Cape Kamui is 932 582 661*81.It's a 10-15min walk to the Cape from the parking area, lots of stairs so I would say it is...

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  • Otaru Asari Classe Hotel

    Otaru Hotels

    This hotel is located about 30 min. by car from Otaru Station, though there is regular free shuttle...

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  • Otaru Music Boxes

    Otaru Things to Do

    The music box befits this city of history and romance. Otaru Orgel Emporium is Japan's largest shop specializing in music-boxes. Hundreds of models are on display, both large and small, including early 19th century antiques for sale.

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Hakodate

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  • Goryokaku Park

    Hakodate Things to Do

    Goryokaku Park is named for the pentagon shaped fort in the middle of the park. During normal times, it is a nice place for a run, a bike ride or going on a rowing date with your significant other. During cherry blossom season though, it is the life of the party. We were lucky enough to be in Hakodate during the peak cherry blossom viewing period,...

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  • Yunokawa Prince Nagisatei

    Hakodate Hotels

    Let's start by saying that this hotel was quite a bit outside our normal budget of about 10,000 a...

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  • Mount Hakodate

    Hakodate Things to Do

    The main attraction , mount Hakodate is 334 meters high, the view from the mountain is spectacular and is one of Japan's best three night views.It' accessible by ropeway, bus or car.The ropeway depart from Motomachi district and cost for adults 640 yens one way and 1160 yens for a round trip.

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Noboribetsu

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  • A Trip to Hell (Valley) - Jigokudani

    Noboribetsu Things to Do

    Noboribetsu is about 1 hour by train from Sapporo, or about 2 hours from Hakodate. You can take the special tourist line from the train station to Noboribetsu Onsen, the hot springs area. On the way, you can stop at the Edo Village where you can see a recreated edo period town complete with ninjas. (We skipped this due to time and costs.) The hot...

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  • Hell Valley (Jigokudani)

    Noboribetsu Things to Do

    Imagine going to hell in Hokkaido? Hell Valley (Jigokudani) is so named because of the spewing sulphurous streams, sulphur fumes and other volcanic activity. I was particularly intrigued by a signboard which said that the water from Hell Valley is good for curing eye diseases!!

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  • Bear farm

    Noboribetsu Things to Do

    Maintain approx 160 bears into 2 confined areas, one is for the adult bear and the other is the young bear. You can buy bear snack from the farm to feed them, they will display all sorts of action (waving, standing on one foot, rolling, etc) to get your attention and food.To get to the farm, you take a ropeway near the Jigokudani bus-stop (there...

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Hokkaido

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  • Steak

    Hokkaido Restaurants

    So our host still is anxious about our food preference, so he brought us to another Hotel for our dinner for our second night in Hokkaido. He ordered steak for everyone! :-) I'm not a steak fan actually, but I just loved the steak served to us that time. :-) Also, they served us this dried puffed rice or something, which I didn't eat. I don't think...

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  • Daiichi Takimotokan Hotel

    Hokkaido Hotels

    The hotel maid shows you to your room after checking in. For us, our room can accommodate 5 persons...

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  • Buffet Lunch at Abashiri

    Hokkaido Restaurants

    We arrived a little early for the Abashiri Ferry ride, so our host took us to a nearby hotel for a quick lunch. We went to Abashiri Central Hotel and we had a buffet lunch there. Everything is good of course. I had lots of ebi (shrimp) tempura. :-)

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Wakkanai

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  • Will go to watch the GOMA-CYANZU~!

    Wakkanai Things to Do

    There is the warm observation hut in harbor.Please do not disturb them by any means, they are Wild seals.Just look and taking photographs, Here they and loco fishermaen coexist peacefully.

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  • Dormy Inn Wakkanai

    Wakkanai Hotels

    2-7-13 Chuo, Wakkanai, Hokkaido, 097-0022, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Healthy Japanese Lunch

    Wakkanai Restaurants

    The menu is Japanese food (Japanese noodles, Udon, Soba.....) and pasta.There is sweets of the Japanese-style, too. When it order a drink, tiny cake comes with.Credit cards accepte. The lunch set menu of the offer is recommended in the daytime.Side dishes more than 10 with rice & miso soup.It is vegetables which are good for health-centered side...

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Kushiro

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  • Was it my imagination or...

    Kushiro Nightlife

    Was it my imagination or Kushiro actually has a much greater concentration of 'night clubs' (the bussiness-men type) than any other city in Japan? I was surprised to see not less than four 'hostesses wanted' signs posted on the street, in the short time I spent walking around there.But, on the other side, I found a few youngsters playing the guitar...

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  • Hotel Paco Kushiro

    Kushiro Hotels

    If you wanted to stay in one of the better hotels in Kushiro you would probably choose between the...

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  • "Ekiben" Rail Station Box Lunch

    Kushiro Local Customs

    This is sushi rice topped with Hokkaido's specialty seafoods: sliced raw salmon, boiled crab legs and "ikura" salmon roe, with a side of pickled aubergine/eggplant and wrapped seaweed with a little shredded scrambled egg. The cost is a little on the higher end of the "ekiben" spectrum, due to the use of fanciful fishes. These sorts of ingredients,...

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Fuji

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  • Itchiku Kubota Art Museum

    Fuji Off The Beaten Path

    Fantastic artwork of Kubota San's "Itchiku Tsujiganhana" which is a dyeing technique for kimono since 13th century. You cannot imagine how he could put his kimono series together to from a great pic on the scene of 4 seasons on Fuji Mountain. Very, very striking master piece.English leaflets and video shows are available upon request from the...

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  • Orbit View of Mt Fuji

    Fuji Things to Do

    Ever seen an orbit photo of Mt Fuji? It is clearly recognisable.. but obviously I can't show it.Most people climb Mt. Fuji to see the sunrise above the sea of clouds from the 7-8th Stations on the Yoshidaguchi climbing trail. But there are other activities at the summit, including getting a calligraphic stamp from the summit shrine, walking around...

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  • Getting There By Car

    Fuji Transportation

    1... From Chuo expressway Kawaguchiko interchange,take Fuji-Subaru Line to Gogome(If you are travelling via the Chuo expressway Kawaguchiko interchange, you can take the Fuji-Subaru Line to Gogome.2... If approaching from the Tomei expressway Gotenba interchange, you need totake Fuji-Skyline on to ShinGogome.3... If approaching from the Tomei...

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Asahikawa

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  • "Ekiben" Rail Station Box Lunch

    Asahikawa Local Customs

    This is sushi rice topped with sea urchin, crab, salmon roe and scallop with a side of pickled red ginger, picked aubergine/eggplant, boiled green leaf veggie, and shredded scrambled egg. Nice colour balance and nutritional food group balance! I vote this one to have the sturdiest packaging. Shame to bin the package, so I've saved it and can repack...

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  • Hotel Dormy Inn Asahikawa

    Asahikawa Hotels

    964-1 6 Chome, 5 Jo-dori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 070-0035, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Otokoyama Sake Brewing Museum

    Asahikawa Things to Do

    Hokkaido has ideal climate and water conditions needed to make superior sake.Otokoyama brews high quality sake on the island and is the most famous brand of sake in Hokkaido. In 1977, Otokoyama won the gold medal in The Overseas Wine and Spirit Competition, the first time for "Nihon-Shu", and has since continued to win gold successively for 28...

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Kami-furano

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Sounkyo

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Kitami

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  • Pierson Memorial House

    Kitami Things to Do

    An American Christian missionary couple, George and Ida Geopp Pierson, first came to Japan in 1889 and moved to Kitami, then called Notsukeushi, in 1915. They were devoted to this place and were unstinting in their efforts to raise the level of spiritual culture in the Kitami area. The house, which has been designated a Hokkaido Historic Place, is...

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  • Oe Honke

    Kitami Hotels

    Onneyu-onsen, Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami, Hokkaido, 091-0170, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Kitami Mint Commemoration Hall

    Kitami Things to Do

    About 70% of the world’s mint was produced in the Kitami area. Dried mint specimens and many kinds of mint products from around the world are on display and at Hakka Joryukan, you can see the process of mint distillation.Open daily except Mondays and the day after national holidays, from 9:00-16:30.Free of charge.For ladies, you can get some...

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Shiraoi

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  • Porotokotan

    Shiraoi Things to Do

    The Ainu are the native inhabitants of Hokkaido and there are a few museums in Hokkaido showing some of their lifestyle and goods. The Shiraoi Ainu Museum, also called Porotokotan, exhibits the Ainu culture and lifestyle in an outdoor reproduction of a small Ainu village and also various tools and other goods inside a museum. There are performances...

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  • Poroto Kotan

    Shiraoi Things to Do

    This is the Ainu village which has a good Ainu museum - showing the lifestyle and history of the Ainus (Hokkaido's indigenous natives) and Ainu buildings (which are mostly farmhouses).You can also experience a performance of the Ainu dances and music. I was entranced by a instrument performance, where the lady used an instrument that resembled a...

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Biei

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  • Farm Tomita

    Biei Things to Do

    Farm Tomita also features a dried flower exhibition, perfume and distillery workshops, a green house and several gift shops selling lavender goods ranging from lavender soft cream to dried flower bouquets, oils, perfumes and soaps. Farm Tomita stands in Nakafurano Town. During the lavender season, some trains on the Furano Line stop at the...

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  • Fruit and vegetable farms / outlets

    Biei Things to Do

    All around Biei and along the highway between Biei and Furano, you can find shops selling local produce. Melons, which are a famous local product are available from mid-June. They are not exactly cheap but are extremely sweet and juicy. Best enjoyed whilst you are in the region - don't bother trying to bring it home (it's too cumbersome and loses...

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  • Zerubu no oka

    Biei Things to Do

    One of the parks with panaromic views of the area. Local specialties are sold in the shop within the park (nothing spectacular, though there are some quirky souvenirs). There is a dirt road going around the hill where you can rent and ride a buggy. So far, this is the only park with buggy facilities I've come across. I suppose children will enjoy...

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Toya-ko

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  • Nakajima Island

    Toya-ko Things to Do

    Cruise to the island where you can do a short walk around it. Aboard the cruise ship, look out for deers grazing along the wateredge. They are held out of the main tourist area with fences but they will come all the way up to the fence for food. There is a museum on local culture and wildlfe, some derelict Shinto shrines and great forests around...

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  • Night Views

    Toya-ko Things to Do

    The night views around the onsen hotels are really pretty. You can snoop around the hotel grounds that are open to the public that are decorated with lights, the main street where lanterns are strung or walk around the rim as fireworks are released over the lakes (nightly between mid June to September)Some hotels deliberately turn off the lights...

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  • Cruise

    Toya-ko Things to Do

    There are 2 main types of cruises. In the day, the cruise ship goes to two different islands where you can stop to explore the islands and pop back to the main onsen hotel area. At night, there are fireworks viewing cruises. The ship goes out to the middle of the lake where there is total darkness.Motorboats that speed around the lake release the...

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Sounkyo Hotels
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