A journey to remember
Japan's northernmost and largest prefecture
Unspoiled nature and the bounty of the sea are just two things that visitors to Hokkaido can look forward to. When you make a visit to Japan's northernmost prefecture you'll be surrounded by the great outdoors and seasons that truly showcase all that Japan has to offer. From large cities to sprawling countryside, high mountains to deep lakes, discover Hokkaido for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Gateway to the Okhotsk region
Memanbetsu is the ideal start point for discovering Eastern Hokkaido, unlocking beautiful landscapes and exciting things to do. As well as the Shiretoko National Park and drift ice walks at Utoro, try an icebreaker cruise departing off the coast of Abashiri or bird-watching cruises at Rausu — just some of them multifarious wildlife waiting to be discovered.
Hokkaido's Eastern Port City
Visit the marshlands of Kushiro for an experience unlike any other. Being home to Japan's largest marshes, you can see rare, wild red-crown cranes dance and frolic in their natural habitat. This fishing port is also renowned having fresh seafood that can be enjoyed year-round.
A Land of Rich Traditions
With so much to experience in Obihiro and the surrounding areas, you may need more than one day. See horse-pulled sled races, soak in mineral-rich hot springs, and marvel at the the many vibrant gardens of the city.
Located in the Heart of Hokkaido
Perhaps best known for the Asahiyama Zoo, the city of Asahikawa will surely steal hearts with their animal inhabitants, hearty Asahikawa ramen, and winter attractions. With easy access to many other locations in Hokkaido, Asahikawa should be a day-trip stop for any traveler.
Hokkaido's international gateway
From luxurious gardens to shopping malls, New Chitose has a wealth of places that you can reach with ease. Take a trip from the airport and enjoy window shopping at Rera Outlet Mall, Japan's most-northern mall, or explore the mysterious beauty of Lake Shikotsu, a lake that never freezes. You'll love all there is to experience in New Chitose, nearby Sapporo and further afield Niseko.
With Spectacular Sights and Seafood
Hakodate is known as home to some of the best seafood in Japan. This city on the southern tip of Hokkaido boasts a rich history and one of, perhaps surprisingly, foreign influence. Experience the touch of time as you explore fortresses and former residential districts alongside Japan's natural beauty.
Hokkaido can be easily accessed from around Japan, with some countries—like Australia—providing direct seasonal flights into Sapporo's New Chitose Airport. With many flights offered every day to various Hokkaido destinations, traveling to the northernmost prefecture has never been easier. No matter where you're staying in Japan, it's as simple as grabbing a direct flight and making your way north.Access & Orientation Hokkaido's Airports