Hokkaido is overflowing with varied natural environments, offering perfect landscapes for all kinds of outdoor activities. Encounter wildlife on a cruise, take in the scenery from the sky in a hot-air balloon, or taste the bounty of nature while fruit picking at an orchard. Dive into the splendid arms of nature, and experience things only found in the incredible scale of Hokkaido.
Fresh from the orchards!
Hokkaido produces apples, cherries, grapes and many other fruits. Orchards in central Hokkaido (most notably Yoichi and Niki) as well as southern and northern Hokkaido allow visitors to pick and eat fruit straight from the trees.
- 35 minutes by Chuo Bus from Otaru Station Bus Terminal to Yoichi ekimae bus stop.
- 40 minutes by Chuo Bus from Otaru Station Bus Terminal to Niki Yakuba-mae bus stop.
Fly above the clouds - a fabulous hot air baloon ride
Hot-air balloon rides provide a panoramic 360-degree view of Hokkaido’s magnificent landscapes from the sky. With a tethered ride, anybody can enjoy the sensation of ascending into the sky
Hot-air balloon rides
- From Furano
1 hour and 40 minutes by Furano Bus from Asahikawa Station to Furano eki-mae bus stop.
Photo Credit: Shiretoko Natuer Cruise
Hello to the lovely animals in the ocean
home to some spectacular animals. See pods of orca in spring, sperm whales over 15 m long in summer and Steller’s sea eagles during drift ice season in winter!
Season: Season: mid April to October.
- Rausu-cho, Menashi-gun, Hokkaido
- 3 hours and 30 minutes by Akan Bus from Kushiro Station to Rausu bus stop.
A romantic cruise through the canal
This 40-minute cruise along Otaru's popular canals lets you experience a sense of history and culture from atop the water. The stately warehouses lining the canal on each side offer a deep taste of Otaru's charms.
Otaru Canal Cruise
- 5-4 Minatomachi, Otaru , Hokkaido
- 10 minutes walk from JR Otaru Station.