Central Hokkaido is the political and economic hub of this prefecture. The capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo, is located here as well as the port cities of Otaru and Muroran. The major airport of this prefecture is located in Chitose approximately 50 minutes by train from Sapporo. The area has beautiful parks, wildlife areas, ski & snow board mountains and large hot spring (“Onsen” ) areas.
|CENTRAL HOKKAIDO CITIES|
|- SAPPORO||- Noboribetsu|
|- Otaru||- Muroran|
- This is a small park in Otaru. It can be found right by Otaru Harbor and it overlooks Otaru Port. Being next the Shin Nihonkai Ferry terminal, you can get some great views of the ships coming in and all the vessels anchored in the harbor. The park itself has a few odd seafaring items located on the grounds.
- Otaru is a beautiful harbor town. It is one of those places that has managed to preserve a lot of its history. You can find many old buildings where you can take a stroll back in time here. Sakaimachi street is a hugely popular tourist spot for those who are visiting Otaru.
- Nakayama Pass is also known as Nakayama Toge (toge meaning 'mountain pass' in Japanese). This mountain pass acts as a rest stop, shopping spot, restaurant, and sightseeing spot. The pass offers striking views of Mt. Yotei. Mt. Yotei being an active stratovolcano located in Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
- Admission¥300 adults ¥200 high school students ¥100 children Free for Toyako townspeople Opening Hours10:30 - 16:30 ClosedMondays November to March Contact0142-87-2525 NotesLocal art gallery, parking available, wheelchair access Location / Getting ThereLocated on the northern side of Lake Toya. 3 …
- AdmissionFree Opening Hours- Closed- Contact- NotesParking available, sightseeing spot, wheelchair access Location / Getting ThereThe lighthouse is found on Cape Erimo. It is a 2 minute walk from `Erimo to Daiguchi bus stop`. From Sapporo, it is about a 4 hour drive down route 336, and then a right turn on to route 34 which Read More ....…
- AdmissionFree Opening Hours- Contact014-633-2149 NotesBuddhist temple, parking, car needed Location / Getting ThereThe shrine is located on the south east coast of Hokkaido in ShinHidaka precinct. It's a 26 minute drive from the center of the town of ShinHidaka. It's also a 20 minute drive from Shizunai Onsen. 213 Mitsuishihoncho, Shinhidaka, Hidaka District, Hokkaido 059-3108 Read More ....…
- AdmissionFree Opening Hours- Contact0146-33-2611 NotesShinto shrine, parking available Location / Getting ThereThe shrine is located on the south east coast of Hokkaido in ShinHidaka precinct. It's a 25 minute drive from the center of the town of ShinHidaka. It's also an 18 minute drive from Shizunai Onsen. 302 Mitsuishihoncho, Shinhidaka, Hidaka District, Hokkaido 059-3108 Mitsuishi-Jinja Read More ....…
- AdmissionFree Opening Hours- Closed- Contact011-582-0050 NotesSightseeing spot, seal watching, walking trails, parking available, photography spot Location / Getting ThereFrom Sapporo the cape is about a 4 hour drive down the south coast. There is also a return express bus from Sapporo station. JR Hokkaido Bus (High Speed) to Erimo, (reservation required until the day before Read More ....…
- AdmissionFree Opening Hours9:00 - 17:30 Bench Time Cafe 11:00 - 20:30 Yakiton Hidaka (Yakitori Restaurant) 11:00 - 21:00 Restaurant Yamasho (Chinese Restaurant) ClosedThursdays - Restaurant Yamasho Tuesdays - Bench Time Cafe Contact011-4647-3650 Bench Time Cafe 011-4647-2989 Yakiton Hidaka 011-4647-3369 Restaurant Yamasho NotesRest area, photography spot, land mark, parking available, 3 restaurants under mural Location / Read More ....…
- On the southern coast of Hokkaido there is a beautiful coastal road that runs all the way down to the point of Erimo. Driving through the town of Hidaka, one of the local landmarks is the Hidaka Gate Lighthouse. All drivers will catch a glimpse of the lighthouse as they drive past. After its construction its first lighting was in 1970.
- Nishioka Park is located in the southern suburbs of Sapporo. The main feature of this huge park is the equally huge pond at its center. The water feature was originally constructed as a water supply facility for the former army (25th Infantry Regiment) in the Meiji era. Construction started in June 1891 with the blocking of the Tsukisamu River.
- Maeda Forest Park began construction in 1982 and was finally completed ten years later. This park has beautiful landscaping and paths to access, plus half the park is made of forest area. The main feature of the park is the long shallow canal that runs in line with a view of Mt. Teine on the horizon.
- Fukidashi Park is a relaxing and beautiful park by Mt. Yotei. What makes this park so popular is the pristine waters that can be found flowing along its streams. The ice-cold waters flow down from Mt. Yotei and can be collected by visitors so be sure to bring some water bottles and containers to fill up!
- Odori Park is the most famous park in Sapporo, if not Hokkaido. It runs through the heart of Sapporo and is home to the some of the biggest festivals throughout the year. The park runs for twelve blocks and separates the city into north and south. At the eastern most end you can find the iconic TV Tower which has great views overlooking the park.
|Opening Hours||Various events are held throughout the year.|
|Closed||Parts of the park can be closed during construction phases of events.|
|Getting There||Odori, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 060-0042, Japan
Catch the subway to Oodori station. The park runs from the Sapporo TV Tower west for 13 blocks.
Otaru Glassware is also well known throughout Japan and has had a long history. The glassworks originally made lanterns and other products for the first settlers in the region however, as the town expanded and the herring industry sprang to life the focus was changed to making glass buoys. When the herring industry suffered its major decline in the late 1950s the glassworks began producing ornamental pieces for direct sale to consumers and tourists. Today Otaru’s glass industry is thriving and many beautiful pieces are on display for pleasure and sale. Some major glass works are the Kitaichi Glass works, the Otaru Unga Kogeikan, “The Glass Ship” Warehouse and the Kitaichi Venetian Art Museum. It is possible to “make your own” glass item in some of the glass works such as ‘The Glass Studio’ and the ‘Otaru Unga Kogeikan’. If you wish to make your own item it is best to make a reservation, especially in summer if you have many people in your group. Top
|Admission||Most glassworks are free entry.
To make your own glass item prices vary from about ¥500 to ¥2000.
|Opening Hours||Most shops are open 9 : 30 am to 6 pm (a little later in summer)|
0134 – 33 – 1993
The Glass Studio
0134 – 33 – 9390
Otaru Unga Kogei-kan
0134 – 29 – 1111
|Getting There||Most Glassworks are located near the canal area along Ironai dori. From Otaru Station walk toward the bay. About 10 min.|
Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours
Hokkaido is one of the premier areas in Japan to go whale and dolphin watching. Muroran is well situated to view the whales on their annual migration through Volcano Bay. There are plenty of sightseeing boats available during the the summer months from about the end of April to the middle of August. Top
|Admission||Tours for adults start at about ¥5000
Tours for minors start at about ¥2500
|Contact||(0143) 27 – 1822
For information & reservations
With one of Japan’s largest bath complexes and the oldest hotel in the Noboribetsu area Daiichi Takimotokan is a hot spring lovers delight. Firstestablished in 1858, the complex now has more than half a dozen modern buildings. Contained within these buildings are various mineral pools, waterfalls, walking pools, cold pools, steam room, and a swimming pool with slide. There are seven different kinds of mineral pools and outdoor and indoor pools.Top
|Admission||Hotel Guests Free of Charge
Non-Hotel Guests – ¥2 000
|Opening Hours||Hotel Guests Open 24hrs.
Non-Hotel Guests – 9 am to 5 pm Daily
|Contact||0143 – 84 – 3322|