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About Hokkaido

Hokkaido, in northern Japan, is the country’s second largest island. Hokkaido’s four seasons offer travelers a rich variety of experiences. Sapporo, the capital, is the best place for shopping and great food. Otaru evokes romance and nostalgia. This seemingly European town was the location for the film “Love Letter.” Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya have beautiful summer fireworks festivals. Visit the famous “Hell Valley” hot spring in Noboribetsu or walk through the flower fields in Furano. Finally, the adorable penguins in Asahikawa are a treat for any traveler.

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Otaru Canal
4.4/5
967 Reviews
River

Otaru Canal was built in the Meiji and Taisho periods, and although only half has been preserved, it is still full of charm. The Victorian-style kerosene lamps and the red brick exterior walls of the riverbank warehouses add an exotic feel to the place. Restaurants, grocery stores, and other shops are converted from warehouses and are popular choices at which tourists can buy souvenirs or eat local delicacies.

Hell Valley
4.5/5
554 Reviews
Volcano
Hot Spring

Hell Valley is the main source of Noboribetsu's hot spring waters and also an iconic hot spring in Hokkaido. The so-called "Hell Valley" is, in fact, a remnant of a crater, pervaded all year long by volcanic gas spewing from the surface of the gray and yellow rocks. The surrounding air is filled with a strong smell of sulfur, and the place is thought to resemble a scene of hell. The main attraction is the eerie volcanic valley, the center of which can be accessed by a walkway specially built for tourists.

Sapporo TV Tower
4.4/5
402 Reviews
Observation Deck

Sapporo TV Tower is erected on the east side of Odori Park. It is the icon of Odori Park and a landmark of Sapporo. Sapporo TV Tower used to be a signal receiver and retransmission facility, but it is now retired. Now it is outfitted with an observation deck, a souvenir shop, and restaurants. Climb the tower and enjoy a 360-degree view of Sapporo and the dazzling lights of the tower at night.

Odori Park
4.4/5
738 Reviews
City Park

Odori Park is located in the heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido. It stretches from east to west and is home to lilacs and various other trees. Decorated with flowers all year round, and featuring ever-changing fountains, the scenery found here is truly captivating. In good weather, visitors can take a walk in the park, watch the occasional street performance, as well as enjoy the avant-garde sculptures that are scattered around.

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