Heading to Hokkaido? Check Out These Awesome Destinations for an Unforgettable Getaway!

  • Traveling to Japan in the near future? Try taking a vacation in Hokkaido! The beautiful place of Hokkaido represents Japan’s untamed wilderness with many great parks and natural wonders. This mystical place is also famous for its ubiquitous Japanese hot spring resorts (onsen). If you are planning an unforgettable escapade, here are some suggestions on what you should try while staying in Hokkaido.

    Relaxation and Sightseeng

    Visit the Pristine Water of Lake Toya

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    ・ ・ 支笏湖。 北海道の最終日。 洞爺湖で早朝の撮影をして 新千歳空港へ向かう途中で通った支笏湖。 素通りしてしまっては あとで後悔するほどの好条件で絶景が見えたので、 ギリギリの時間だったが、 何とか風景がちゃんと見える場所を 見つけて撮影。 今回は支笏湖へ来る移動手段がなかったため、 次の機会には時間をかけて撮影したい。 支笏湖は初めてではないのだが、 悪天候だったりして こんなに絶景だったとは知らなかった。 そのうちの一回は千歳駅から ランニングで来ている。 20キロ延々と続く緩やかな上り坂で 目的地は支笏湖温泉。 岩手での100キロマラソンの トレーニングを兼ねた観光ランニングだった。 短時間でお風呂に入って 路線バスで引き返したはず。 途中で行軍中の自衛隊ともすれ違った。 天気は曇りで場所が反対側だったのか 風景はほとんど見ていない。 以前は普通にやっていたそんなことも、 レンタカーで同じ道を戻りながら 少し遠い出来事のように感じた。 今だったら街を出る前に 間違いなく膝に痛みが出ている。 先日3キロ程度を ノンビリ走っただけで筋肉痛になっているし。 #北海道 #伊達市 #北湯沢 #雪 #冬 #雪国 #雪景色 #洞爺湖 #風景 #写真 #湖面 #中島 #湖 #温泉 #洞爺湖温泉 #洞爺湖町 #壮瞥町 #支笏湖 #レンタカー #絶景 #ランニング #青空 #雲 #山 #トレーニング #マラソン #100キロ #ウルトラマラソン

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    Did you know that this lake formed due to a gigantic eruption that occurred 110,000 years ago? Lake Toya is the largest caldera lake in Japan. Visitors can enjoy a sightseeing tour cruise wherein they can witness the lake’s beauty as it changes from morning to evening.

    Lake Toya Information

    Experience Onsen

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    ひらひらと舞う雪。 「冬空」と「湖」とつながる『露天風呂』で格別なリラックス時間を過ごしませんか? . この時期の露天風呂は温度も調度よく、「ずっといたい」と思えるくらい心地よいです( *´艸`) . さらに、12月はイルミネーションも綺麗なので、『女子旅』にも最適! 気持ちのいい温泉に、おいしいお料理、ゆったりとしたお部屋でくつろぎながら、女子トークで盛り上がったり、記念日を盛大にお祝いしたり…。 朝まで楽しい時間をお過ごしいただけます♪ . イベントも満載なので、チェックしてみてくださいね~! ★洞爺サンパレスリゾート&スパ イベント情報は @toyasunpalace プロフ欄記載のURLから。 . #洞爺サンパレス #洞爺サンパレスリゾート #洞爺サンパレスリゾートアンドスパ #洞爺湖温泉 #洞爺 #洞爺湖 #洞爺湖町 #洞爺湖畔 #露天風呂 #露天風呂♨️ #露天風呂めぐり #露天風呂最高 #インフィニティスパ #スパ好きな人と繋がりたい #スパ好き #レイクビューホテル #レイクビュー #カラカミ観光 #toyasunpalace #toyasunpalacehotel #toyasunpalaceresort #hokkaidotrip #hokkaidojapan #toyako #toyakoonsen #onsen #onsen♨️

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    While in Hokkaido, don’t miss out on the great onsen experience! A trip to an onsen is the perfect getaway, especially during the winter season. This will provide you with the needed warmth, relief, and relaxation against the cold winter month.

    Enjoy the View Riding the Usuzan Ropeway

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    The Usuzan Ropeway is a Japanese aerial lift line in Sobetsu, Hokkaido where you can experience a wide panoramic view all to yourself during a six-minute one-way stroll.

    Usuzan Gondola’s Website

    Yummy Foods to Try

    Feast on Fresh Seafood at Donburi Yokocho

    Whenever you are in Hakodate, don’t forget to check out the Hakodate Morning Market Donburi Yokocho. This is the perfect place where you can enjoy shopping and eating with peace of mind knowing that you are using the freshest ingredients that Japan has to offer.

    Donburi Yokocho Market’s Website

    Be Mesmerized by Otaru’s 7-Layer Ice Cream!

    Otaru is famous for creating crazy ice cream designs. The most famous of all is their 7-layer ice cream with seven different flavors to enjoy! You can taste the following flavors in one ice cream cone: lavender, matcha green tea, strawberry, yubari melon, milk, grape, and chocolate.

    Enjoy a Day at the Park

    Visit the Shiroi Koibito Park

    The park offers a lot of activities both outdoors and indoors. The main attraction is their factory tours which allow visitors to see how Hokkaido’s leading confectionery is made. There is also a confectionery making workshop where visitors can enjoy making heart-shaped Shiroi Koibito. You can also see the rose garden in the park during the summer season.

    Shiroi Koibito Park’s Website

    Visit the Noboribetsu Bear Park

    At Noboritbetsu Bear Park, you can see lots of brown bears or Ezo bears. These bears are the largest animal in the land of Japan! Did you know that an adult brown bear could weigh up to 400 kilograms? The park teaches everything you can learn about brown bears and you can also learn about how the Ainu people lived at Yukara Village.

    Noboritbetsu Bear Park’s Website *automatic translation available

    Shop ‘Til You Drop

    Shop at Tanukikoji

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    Tanukikoji is a shopping site in Sapporo. This is also considered as the best place for street shopping where you can find lots of shops, restaurants, cafes, karaoke bars, and night clubs. You can also buy souvenirs, Japanese food, cosmetics, tea, kimonos, and so much more!

    Tanukikoji’s Website *automatic translation available

    Check Out Different Crafts at Daiso Stores

    You can pretty much find anything at a Daiso. This basically is the largest chain of 100-yen shops in Japan. You can shop for a lot of things at an affordable price. So if you are running low on your budget, this place would be perfect for you.

    There are many branches, but we will introduce one of them here.

    Museum Viewing

    Entertain Your Eyes and Ears at the Music Box Museum

    The Otaru Music Box Museum is a beautiful century-old building which is considered as one of the historic landmarks of Otaru City. This museum is full of music boxes in various sizes and types. You can also enjoy the sound of Aeolian Pipe Organs which is an antique automatic pipe organ built from England. Take a quick visit and enjoy the Renaissance style of the museum.

    Otaru Music Box Museum’s Website

    So many things to do with so little time! Your trip will surely be worth your while if you have already set plans ahead of time. Whatever you choose to try in Hokkaido, always remember that what really matters is to have fun while having the best time of your life.

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