Special experiences awaiting you in Hokkaido
The ultimate sightseeing spots you must visit in Hokkaido. See them at least once in your lifetime!
Magnificent natural scenery everywhere you look.
In Hokkaido, you can see beautiful world-famous landscapes as they are constantly transformed by the changing seasons. The ultimate delight of travel is the joy of constantly encountering unexpected beauty. Below, we explain spots only known among the well-informed, and which everyone must see at least once in their lifetime, selected from among the splendid landscapes of Hokkaido. You will definitely never forget the seasonal scenery you see and experiences you enjoy at these off-the-beaten track sightseeing treasures. Planning another trip to Hokkaido? Be sure to come and feast your eyes on these beautiful landscapes.
1 Lake Toyoni Viewing the scenery from a helicopter (limited period),
recommended season: Autumn
See a heart drawn by natural forces.
One of Hokkaido’s many outstandingly beautiful lakes, this heart-shaped lake nestled in an old-growth forest is a place of scenic beauty only known to a few, but a sight you must enjoy at least once. A lake naturally shaped like a heart, its scenery is transformed by every change of the season. It known as Lake Toyoni in Erimo Town.
Unfortunately, visitors cannot see the heart shape of this lake from its shoreline, but can enjoy it from a sightseeing helicopter in service during a limited period of the year. Seen from the sky, this lake forms a heart so perfect that it is difficult to imagine that it was formed by the force of nature. A truly romantic image. We recommend that you visit in October, when the virgin forest cloaked in its autumn colors contrasts strikingly with the reflection of the sky on the surface of the lake! Riding this helicopter, you can take aerial photographs of heart-shaped Lake Toyoni enclosed by vivid autumn foliage. And later you can share the pictures with your friends.
- Address: 54 Aza-Meguro, Erimo-cho, Horoizumi-gun, Hokkaido
- Helicopter sightseeing service: scheduled from early to late October
- Access: 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Tokachi-Obihiro Airport
- For more information see: http://erimotoyoniko.jp/
2 Ozora Town Sunflower Farm
Recommended seasons: summer and autumn
Gorgeous views of blue sky and fields of brilliant yellow sunflowers
Memanbetsu Airport, gateway from the sky to the many sightseeing spots of Eastern Hokkaido: Shiretoko, Lake Kussharo, Lake Mashu, and the ice floes of the Sea of Okhotsk. Memanbetsu Airport is in Ozora Town where visitors can view about 2 million blooming sunflowers. When summer arrives, the wide sunflower fields cultivated on the vast land surface of Hokkaido are transformed into brilliant landscapes dyed yellow by blooming sunflowers. On fields scattered throughout the town, visitors can enjoy the blooms from late July to October, and from the elevated lookout in Asahigaoka Park, they can enjoy the sight of sunflower fields as far as they can see. Also, Sunflower Farm adjoining the Memanbetsu Airport runway is well-known as a place to take pictures of both airplanes and sunflowers. You can also photograph airplanes against a background of sunflowers that can only be found in Ozora Town.
Best season: Summer/late July to OctoberAddress: 44-2 Asahi, Memanbetsu, Ozora-cho, Abashiri-gun, Hokkaido
Access: about 15 minutes by car from Memanbetsu Airport
■Sunflower Farm at Memanbetsu Airport
Best season: early to mid-August
Address: Memanbetsuchuo, Ozora-cho, Abashiri-gun, Hokkaido
Access: right beside Memanbetsu Airport
For more information see:http://www.ooz-kankou.com/
3 Bihoro Pass
Recommended seasons: Summer and Winter
A famed beauty spot
A vast panorama awaits you
Eastern Hokkaido is blessed with the region’s most magnificent environment and vast areas of beautiful natural scenery. Bihoro Pass with its outstanding scenery can confidently be described as among the best in Hokkaido. It is one of Hokkaido’s best-known sightseeing spots. The 360⁰ panoramic view of Japan’s largest caldera lake, Lake Kussharo, from the pass high above it at an elevation of 525 meters can only be summed up as “magnificent”. This is one famed scenic spot that must be on the itinerary of everyone who visits Hokkaido. On cloudless nights, the stars are fully visible, presenting a breath-taking spectacle of the lake and the star-filled sky. Make sure that you see this magnificent view from Bihoro Pass with your own eyes.
Address: Furuume National Forest, Bihoro-cho, Abashiri-gun, Hokkaido
Access: 30 minutes by car from Bihoro Station
For more information, see:http://www.town.bihoro.hokkaido.jp/docs/2014031300013/
4 Soya Hills, White Road
Recommended season: Summer
Pure white road continuing to the sea
The Soya hills are part of a hilly region in North-eastern Wakkanai City.
On the Soya Hills with Japan’s northernmost point, Cape Soya, in the background, visitors enjoy a uniquely alluring beauty spot formed by their gentle slopes. As they walk in the hills, they occasionally catch glimpses of Rishirifuji or Japan’s largest wind farm. They gaze in wonder at the beautiful contrast created by the greenery of the hills, blue sky and white clouds, and the white windmills. The splendid scenic spot in the Soya Hills district that everyone must see at least once in their lifetime is the White Road that leads directly towards the blue ocean waters. There are many other spots which I believe everyone has to see at least once.
It is actually a road covered with the shells of the Yesso scallop that is a famous product of Wakkanai. The shells discarded by production plants were cleaned and placed on the road surface to create a road of white shells. This road has become part of the local landscape through the recycling of shells. An event that can only be described as a “miracle”.
■Soya Hills White Road
Address: Wakkanai-Omisaki, Hokkaido
Access: Approximately 50 minutes by bus from Wakkanai Station
For more information see:http://www.wakkanai-cci.or.jp/wakkanai-footpath/
5 Lake Shiretokogo
This is the true Hokkaido. Come here to enjoy the Natural World Heritage Site, Shiretoko.
The World Natural Heritage Site Shiretoko attracts numerous people as a center of eco-tourism which has been garnering attention worldwide. The mysterious 5 lakes known as the Shiretoko Goko Lakes lie quietly amongst the majestic nature of Shiretoko. Experience true nature which changes with the season.
Take a stroll along the walkway to experience the vitality of the overpowering natural features. If you are lucky, you might even encounter Hokkaido sika deer, Hokkaido red fox or Hokkaido squirrel. Enjoy a view of the Shiretoko Mountains reflected on the First Lake right before your eyes from the final observation deck on the Elevated Wooden Path. The peaceful scene of the surrounding forests and Shiretoko Mountains reflected on the lake is a paradise of pristine nature. Take a stroll on a Ground Pathway through a primeval forest with a knowledgeable guide to enjoy the true essence of Shiretoko bringing more excitement to your hiking experience. Experience the magnificence and beauty for yourself.
Address: Iwao-betsu, Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido(Shiretoko Goto Lakes Field House)
For more information see:https://www.shiretoko.asia/world/index.html