Central Hokkaido Area Guide

山(観光地) Mt. Moiwa
  • Sapporo

The night view of Sapporo, city of 1.9 million, has been selected as one of the “New Three Major Night Views of Japan,” for the volume of radiated light. The 360 degree panorama of Sapporo can be seen from Mt. Moiwa observation deck. It is also convenient to reach by streetcar and ropeway.

山(観光地) Moerenuma Park
  • Sapporo

Moerenuma Park was conceived based on world renowned sculptor, Isamu Noguchi’s concept of “creating a park that was as a whole, a sculpture.” From the impressive glass pyramid to other pieces of work throughout the park, it is a venue in which you can truly appreciate the works of Isamu Noguchi.

温泉 Marukoma Hot Springs
  • Chitose

A long-standing hot spring inn situated on the lakeside of Shikotsu. Its outdoor baths are popular, whose spring water is emitted from the bottom of the ground. It is said that only 20 springs have this kind in Japan. Sooth the body after the race, with a view of Lake Shikotsu framed by the changing seasons.

温泉 Toyako Hot Springs
  • Toyako Town

Toyako Hot Springs, one of the most popular hot spring villages in Hokkaido, boasts both scale and volume of spring water. 3 million tourists visit each year, not merely to enjoy the hot springs, but seeking magnificent vistas of dynamic nature centered on the caldera lake Toya, and active volcano Mt. Usu.

温泉 Jozankei Hot Springs
  • Sapporo

Jozankei Onsen known as the “inner room” of Sapporo, has a 150-year history. Its convenient location, just under an hour drive from downtown Sapporo, makes it a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

カメラ(体験施設) Hokkaido Historical Village
  • Sapporo

Outdoor museum that tells of the lifestyles and culture of the people, and industry which prevailed during the reclamation of Hokkaido. The replicated streets with historical buildings transferred from all over Hokkaido, will take you back in time. The grounds are very expansive, so we suggest you take a ride on the horse-drawn railway to see the exhibits.

ショッピング Chitose Outlet Mall Rera
  • Chitose

The first large outlet mall opened in Hokkaido. You can enjoy shopping in the open-air shopping mall featuring more than 400 brand shops. It is easily accessible from New Chitose Airport and convenient to drop by at the end of your trip.

カメラ(体験施設) Salmons’ Hometown Chitose Aquarium
  • Chitose

The largest fresh water tank in Japan houses species in the salmon family, not to mention other freshwater fish inhabiting the rivers of Hokkaido, all of which you can observe up close. From the windows of a room buried on the left river bank of the Chitose River, you can view the inside of the river in its natural state.

カメラ(体験施設) Volcano Science Museum
  • Toyako Town

Learn about the history of Mt. Usu, which has erupted numerous times over decades, through visual images, explanations and sensory devices. The Toyako Visitor Center inside the facility offers information on sightseeing, nature and fun activities in the area.

食事 Chitose Burger
  • Central Hokkaido

A local cuisine made with chicken eggs; Chitose boasts the largest production in Hokkaido.

食事 Soup Curry
  • Central Hokkaido

Soup curry is a thin soup-like curry which originated in Sapporo. The large chunky vegetables, and chicken leg pair perfectly with this spicy and super aromatic soup. There are many restaurants in town serving the dish, so you can try the unique flavor of each.

食事 Sapporo Shime Parfait
  • Central Hokkaido

A new trend that wraps up a night on the town in Sapporo, is “Shime Parfait.” It is derived from the word “shime,” meaning “to close,” and it is how you end your fun-filled night of drinking and partying. Many restaurants who have hopped onto this new trend train, compete with each other to serve delicious parfaits.

食事 White Oshiruko
  • Central Hokkaido

White Oshiruko is made with white-bean paste made from Toyako common bean, and fresh milk from nearby farms. White Oshiruko is now a signature sweet of Toyako Onsen. The sweetness of this oshiruko matches perfectly with the fluffy dumplings, which will soothe your fatigue.
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