Visit These 6 Beautiful National Parks in Hokkaido

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  • While Japan has become popularly known as the birthplace of anime, the newest techie gadgets, humanoid robots and so on, there is a different side to Japan that is not so well known but should be! Japan is home to some very beautiful national parks that can offer tranquility and serenity to those who wish to indulge in a soul searching trip.

    The first national parks of Japan were established in 1931, with the aim of preserving the natural beauty of the coastal and mountainous areas. At present, there are 34 national parks all over Japan, and six of them are in Hokkaido. The parks in Hokkaido boast several kinds of pristine environments, from the forest to the sea.

    Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park


    Located in the northernmost area of Japan, Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park consists of two islands, namely Rishiri and Rebun. The area is part of the coastal area of northern Hokkaido, and it serves as a very good spot for hiking and enjoying coastal views, as well as a great view of a colorful sea of alpine flowers.

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    Shiretoko National Park


    Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shiretoko National Park is considered as one of the most splendid national parks of Japan. This remote peninsula is home to imposing brown bears, which can be seen while on a sightseeing trip by boat during the warmer months. This national park is a must-visit place if you want to see drift ice.

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    Akan National Park

    Akan National Park is situated in eastern Hokkaido, there are three lakes which are surrounded by volcanoes. Lake Mashu, which is considered as the most beautiful lake in Japan, is a very popular destination in this national park aside from the other beautiful sceneries that it offers.

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    Kushiro-shitsugen National Park


    Kushiro-shitsugen National Park is home to Japan’s largest wetland and marshland which are the habitats of several endangered species including the Japanese crane. These cranes are one of the many popular attractions during winter. If you want to see the cranes from up close, there are feeding sites and observation centres designated for tourists.

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    Daisetsuzan National Park


    Known as Hokkaido’s largest national park, Daisetsuzan National Park is a haven of unspoiled wilderness. This is the place to visit when you would like to see the autumn leaves and winter snow. This park offers weeklong trekking trips, where you can marvel at the beauty of its grand volcanoes as you can completely forget about the rest of the world during your time with nature.

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    Shikotsu-Toya National Park


    Hiking, hot springs, skiing, and other activities can all be enjoyed at Shikotsu Toya National Park. This national park boasts caldera lakes and volcanic mountains, and it is easy to reach as it is near Sapporo. Thus, for people who are travelling with only limited time in Hokkaido, this is the place I would recommend you visit.

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    As you can see, there is plenty of bountiful nature to enjoy in Hokkaido. Make sure you visit some of these parks if you want to have a restful holiday!

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