Asahikawa is located in the northern part of Hokkaido, where the annual temperature gap reaches almost 70°C. At Asahiyama Zoo, you’ll meet about 150 kinds of animals that can survive in this challenging environment. In addition to Arctic creatures such as polar bears and penguins, the zoo houses other species including capybaras, atelids (monkeys), and orangutans normally found in jungles.
Mt. Okura Observatory
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu Ski Place
Onuma Park Walking Path
Designated as a quasi national park and located only twenty kilometers north of Hakodate, Onuma Park (大沼公園, Onuma Kōen) is known for its picturesque, island dotted lakes and its majestic dormant volcano, Mount Komagatake.
The park’s most attractive area is located between the two lakes of Onuma (large lake) and Konuma (small lake), and it can be explored entirely on foot. Attractive walking courses let you explore the lakes’ peninsulas and islands, several of which are connected with each other by small bridges.
Sounkyo (層雲峡, Sōunkyō) is a touristy hot spring resort town in the north of Daisetsuzan National Park. It is located in a scenic narrow gorge that is flanked by 100 meter high, forested cliffs. Sounkyo offers a pleasant village center, onsen baths and two beautiful waterfalls nearby. Sounkyo is also a good base for walks and hiking tours into the national park with ropeway access to nearby Mount Kurodake. Sounkyo offers several hot spring baths to soak in, including one public bath house, the Kurodake no Yu, located in the town center.
Otaru Canal Cruise
Otaru Canal Cruise is the new must do activity for visitors to Otaru! Sitting in the cruise and see the view along the Otaru Canal. Otaru Canal (小樽運河, Otaru Unga) was a central part of the city’s busy port in the first half of the 20th century. Large vessels were unloaded by smaller ships, which then transported the goods to warehouses along the canal.
The canal became obsolete when modern dock facilities allowed for direct unloading of larger vessels. Thanks to a citizens’ movement, a part of the canal was beautifully restored in the 1980s instead of being landfilled, while the warehouses were transformed into museums, shops and restaurants.
Asahidake Natural Hiking Route