Category: Hokkaido

  • Hokkaido Seabird Center, Haboro Town (Haboro-cho) – Environment & Nature Conservation, Haboro

    Hokkaido Seabird Center, Haboro Town (Haboro-cho) – Environment & Nature Conservation, Haboro

    The Japan Environment Agency, in an effort to protect wildlife in danger of extinction, has founded a number of wildlife protection centers in important regions with rare wild plant and animal life to protect these species, promote their spread and growth through breeding and propagation projects, and to carry out research and investigation. The Hokkaido…

  • Things To Do In Asahikawa

    This city, the second largest in Hokkaido, is roughly at the center of the Kamikawa Basin. Under the system of tondenhei (soldier farmers), it prospered as the center of Hokkaido’s development. In 1901, the seventh division of the Army moved into Asahikawa, making the city a military base. Kaikosha, the officers’ club, was erected in…

  • Hyosetsu-no-Mon (Gate of Ice and Snow) in Wakkanai Park

    Japan’s northernmost city, Wakkanai sits on a cape, which juts out northward into the Soya Straits, and is the major port town of northern Hokkaido. There is regular ferry service to Rishiri, Rebun, Teuri and Yagishiri, four peaceful islands that lie in the Sea of Japan. Wakkanai Park This park is located on a hill…

  • Hakodate One/Two Day Passes for Bus and Street Car (City Tram) – Hakodate Day Pass information

    There are various forms of transport in Hakodate. The trams, or streetcars are the most convenient way of getting to the various attractions. Tram passes can be bought on the trams. When getting on a tram, do so from the doors that will open up in the middle or back, and take a ticket from…

  • Shikaoi Town (Shikaoi-cho) – Borders on the Mt. Taisetsu (Daisetsu)

    The name “Shikaoi” is based on the Ainu word “kuteku’ushi” (to chase after deers). In ancient times, deers were easily caught by driving them into nets which were placed in the ravines. Position and Area of Shikaoi Shikaoi borders on the Taisetsu and Hidaka mountain ranges, often refered to as the roof of Hokkaido. Shikaoi…

  • Fukidashi Park, Kyogoku Town (Kyogoku-cho)

    JapanGuides.net Spring water of Fukidashi Park in Kyogoku, at the foot of Mt. Yotei, was selected in 1985 as one of the “100 Best Waters in Japan” by the Environment Agency. Rain and snow that fall on Mt. Yotei seep into the soil and, after several decades, gush from the foot of the mountain. The…

  • Special Historical Remain: Goryokaku Pentagonal Fort, Hakodate City (Hakodate-shi)

    JapanGuides.net The first Western style fort built in Japan. Because of its star-shape, it is called “Goryokaku” (pentagonal fort). Built by the Tokugawa shogunate to guard attacks from the northern region, with the Benten-Houdai battery (near Hakodate Dock), It took them seven years from 1857 to build the fort and the battery. A Dutch studies…

  • Rishiri and Rebun Islands of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park,

    Wakkanai, Japan’s northernmost city, is across the Soya Straits from Sakhalin. It is the base for travel to Rishiri and Rebun islands. This Rishiri-Rebun Sarobetsu National Park consists of two islands. Rishiri Island is a round volcanic island and home to Mt. Rishiri. Rebun Island is called the “flower island” because over several hundred species…

  • Konsen Pilot Farm in Betsukai

    JapanGuides.net The Town of Betsukai, known as a town of dairy farming, established “Konsen Pilot Farm” using loans from the World Bank in 1956. This is a farm for dairy farming development toward establishing dairy farming operations in the short term. Betsukai (Betsukai-cho; often Bekkai-cho) is a town located in Notsuke District, Nemuro Subprefecture, Hokkaido…

  • Lake Utonai, Tomakomai City (Tomakomai-shi)

    JapanGuides.net This inland-sea lake located on the Yufutsu Plain northeast of Tomakomai is 17 kilometers in circumference and 3million in area. Birds such as whooper swans and mallards stop here on their migratory route. The 500-hectare area including the surrounding wilderness and woodlands was designated as the first bird sanctuary in Japan, in 1981. Over…

  • Japanese Crane (Tsuru) Viewing In Kushiro Shitsugen National Park

    Reduced to a population of over a dozen, the Japanese crane became endangered as a result of indiscriminate hunting. Thanks to the conservation efforts of neighboring residents, however, the population has increased and the Japanese crane was designated as a Special Natural Monument in 1952. Currently, approximately 1,000 Japanese cranes live in East Hokkaido throughout…

  • Furano City (Furano-shi) – Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park

    Located at the very center of Hokkaido (43゜20′ N. lat., 142゜23′ E. long.), the city is known as “the naval city.” A marker indicating the center of the prefecture stands in the schoolyard of Furano Elementary School. Furano has been famous for lavender since the 1981 TV series “Kita-no-Kuni-kara” (from the northern province) and the…

  • Notsuke Peninsula, Betsukai Town (Betsukai-cho)

    JapanGuides.net Shaped like an arched prawn, the Notsuke Peninsula is a shoestring peninsula that stretches approximately 28 km from the mouth of the Shibetsu River. This sandbar is made of soil and sand discharged from the river and deposited by ocean currents. Although the peninsula used to be covered with mixed forests of fir and…

  • Kushiro City (Kushiro-shi), Hokkaido Prefecture

    Kushiro City (Kushiro-shi), Hokkaido Prefecture

    JapanGuides.net Kushiro, the largest city in eastern Hokkaido, is a marine food production center that boasts one of the top catches in Japan. The Kushiro River, which originates in Lake Kussharo, runs through the vast Kushiro Marsh and flows into the ocean, and the city flourishes at the river mouth. Washo Market, which deals primarily…

  • The pristine forests of Shiretoko World Natural Heritage, Rausu Town (Rausu-cho)

    Shiretoko National Park is often called the last pristine land to be left in Japan. Severe weather conditions and the natural lay of the land have left the area with a pristine appearance. Shiretoko with its row of volcanic mountains is the easternmost of Hokkaido’s national parks. Most of the coastal areas of the peninsula…

  • Shiretoko Peninsula – The World Natural Heritage

    Roads extend only halfway up the Shiretoko Peninsula’s 63-km length. The peninsula, which juts into the Sea of Okhotsk, boasts an untouched natural environment from its midpoint to its end at Cape Shiretoko. Located in the Kuril Volcanic Zone, the Shiretoko Mountains include Mt. Rausu, Mt. Iou and Mt. Shiretoko. Shiretoko features a dynamic landscape…

  • Daisetsuzan National Park Visitor Centers

    Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park is at the center of Hokkaido and the largest national park in Japan. At the centre of the Daisetsu mountain range lies the highest mountain “Asahidake”, which is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido.The area of the park is 230,000ha and it is a national park which is rich in unspoilt…

  • Trappistine Convent, Hakodate City (Hakodate-shi)

    JapanGuides.net The beautiful green roof and brick contrast the religious institution; the Trappistine convent was built to house only nuns in 1898. Was established by eight nuns from France. Today, there are about 70 nuns, under the commandment of St. Benedict, supporting themselves in divine devotion by managing dry field and dairy farms. They keep…

  • Susukino Entertainment District, Sapporo City

    JapanGuides.net Susukino is one of Japan’s largest entertainment districts, serving sushi and other local cuisine, clubs, bars, and “karaoke” venues. There are two stories about the origin of the name. One holds that the district was blanketed with “susuki” (eulalia) when settlement started. The other says it was named after Tatsuyuki Susukii, who built Susukino…

  • Russian Orthodox Church, Hakodate City (Hakodate-shi)

    JapanGuides.net Many buildings in and around Motomachi have been designated as landmarks. Thus, the district attests to the history of Hakodate. The Old Public Hall of the City, built in 1910, is a two-story wooden building characteristic of Meiji era architecture. It is in the Colonial style, a classic English style of architecture. It has…

  • Enjoyment of Mt. Daisetsu, Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park

    Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park is at the center of Hokkaido and the largest national park in Japan. At the centre of the Daisetsu mountain range lies the highest mountain “Asahidake”, which is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido.The area of the park is 230,000ha and it is a national park which is rich in unspoilt…