Volcanoes, Lakes, A Lavender Field: 5 MUST-SEEs In Hokkaido

Volcanoes, Lakes, A Lavender Field: 5 MUST-SEEs In Hokkaido
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Hokkaido is located at the northernmost point of Japan’s main islands. It is also the biggest, harshest, and coldest island in Japan! Although Hokkaido consists of only 4 percent of Japan’s population, it is swarmed with visitors and tourists from all over the world every year mainly because of its primeval forests, which cover 70 percent of the island, volcanic peaks, Western-style farms, and scenic landscapes and views. Although, the most popular reason is that their winter lasts for 6 months, providing beautiful snowy landscapes all around the island.

These picturesque landscapes and scenic vistas are located all around Hokkaido, from the very famous Sapporo to rural areas such as Akan National Park. Here are 5 must-sees for when you’re on this majestic snowy island:

1. Go lake hopping at Shiretoko Coast (from 39 USD upwards)

Shiretoko Coast
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Located in Eastern Hokkaido, Shiretoko is listed as one of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites. Shiretoko is also one of the top tourist destinations in Hokkaido, mainly because of its abundance of natural features such as the very beautiful lakes, stunning views, and a variety of wildlife. Local wildlife includes Hokkaido’s symbol, the brown bear. Voyagin organises a tour that will take you on a sightseeing boat tour along the coast line of of the peninsula, starting from Utoro Port.

You can expect amazing sights, such as the cliffs, hidden rock beaches, and waterfalls. These sights are not accessible from the nature walking trails on the ground! Apart from the brown bear, you can expect to see other wildlife such as dolphins and whales. There are two kinds of tour ranging in duration: the 70-minute and the 3-hour boat tour.

Voyagin's sightseeing boat tour along the Shiretoko Coast

Price: from 39 USD upwards

Duration: around 1.5 - 3 hours required


Contact: +65 3163 2067

2. Embrace the glorious nature of Furano (from 188 USD upwards)

Furano's lavender fields
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One of Hokkaido’s natural spots, Furano is located in central Hokkaido, approximately 2 hours from Sapporo. It mainly consists of a countryside environment and houses cheese factories, wineries, and the very famous lavender farm of Farm Tomita. Farm Tomita is the biggest lavender farm in Hokkaido. The lavender fields are normally swarmed with visitors in July, when the vibrant colours cover the fields and hill slopes. You can even ride a tractor among the fields!

In Voyagin’s 2-hour tour, you will visit Furano’s top highlights. Apart from Farm Tomita, there are visits to the Furano Cheese Factory and the Furano Winery. These attractions also have retail shops where you can buy souvenirs. The package is priced per group, and each group will consist of 1 - 9 people.

Voyagin's Furano tour

Price: from 188 USD upwards

Duration: around 2 hours required


Contact: +65 3163 2067

3. Explore Lake Shikotsu on a canoe and go trekking (from 188 USD upwards)

Lake Shikotsu
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Lake Shikotsu is one of Shikotsu-Toya National Park’s two famous caldera lakes. It was actually formed from earth collapses after intensive volcanic activity. One of Japan’s most active volcanoes, Mt Tarumae is just beside Lake Shikotsu and it is a popular hiking spot for volcano-lovers.

Voyagin’s tour will take you canoeing and trekking around the lake, providing a perfect way to explore the natural beauty of this popular lake. In this activity, you will ride a canoe and sail over the calm surface of the lake, followed by trekking around the lake where you can expect wildlife sightings such as wild birds, flowers, and animals.

It is important to note that this activity is only available between the months of May and September. This tour also includes pick ups from Sapporo.

Voyagin's canoe and trekking tour at Lake Shikotsu

Price: from 188 USD upwards

Duration: around 4 hours required


Contact: +65 3163 2067

4. Feel the thrill at Sapporo Kokusai Skiing Resort (from 125 USD upwards)

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Sapporo Kokusai Skiing Resort is Japan’s best ski park. It consists of long and wide slopes, which minimise congestion during busy periods, guaranteeing fun for everyone. Its slopes are also suitable for any level of skier. There are seven courses, such as the Downhill course for advanced skiers, the Swing course for intermediate skiers, and the Woody course for beginners.

Sapporo Kokusai Skiing Resort is located approximately 60 and 40 minutes by car from Sapporo and Otaru respectively. It is also within Jozankei Onsen hot spring area. It is recommended to take the resort’s sky cabin gondola and the ski lift so you can experience the amazing views of Sapporo’s snowy landscape.

Voyagin offers a tour package that will give you an admission ticket for the ski park as well as transportation to and from Sapporo or Chitose Airport.

Sapporo Kokusai Skiing Resort, Hokkaido

Price: from 125 USD upwards

Duration: around 8 hours required


Contact: +65 3163 2067

5. Explore the spectacular Akan National Park (from 268 USD upwards)

Lake Kussharo
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Akan National Park consists of natural beauty and unique hot springs. It has seen visitors from all over the world flocking here just to have a look at the scenic spots around the park’s lakes and volcanic mountains. Located in rural Hokkaido, visitors will be immersed in the natural beauty and splendid scenery that this park has to offer.

Voyagin’s tour will take you to visit Akan National Park’s scenic lakes of Lake Mashu, Lake Kussharo, and Lake Akan, where you can have the best views from the various observatories and sightseeing spots. You will also be taken to Mt. Iozan, where you can see the sulphurous vents of this bare volcano. Other volcanoes that you will visit are Mt. Meakan and Mt. Oakan. You can also expect to see bubbling mud pools and hot spring sand beaches and learn more about the natural wonder of marimo (a rare growth of algae whereby it grows into a large velvet-like green ball).

Additionally, Voyagin provides flexibility in the itinerary, which can be customized according to your preferences.

Visit the most scenic photo spots of Akan National Park

Price: from 268 USD upwards

Duration: around 3 hours required


Contact: +65 3163 2067

Have a (snow)ball in snowy Hokkaido

There’s so much more to see on Japan’s biggest and coldest island of Hokkaido than just … snow! Head over to the place that is so beautiful, it even manages to convert non-winter lovers to ardent fans of white winters. What are you waiting for?! Pack your bags and grab your passport now. Just remember to pack enough winter clothes too while you’re at it!

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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