As you leave the megacity of Sapporo, Central Hokkaido (simply called Do-oh) is such a good distillation of all Hokkaido highlights that can be visited in a day or longer. It is an easily explored region on a short schedule and you can accesible a wide range of must sees.
With an idyllic countryside, relaxed onsen, scenic coastlines and family-friendly attractions, Sapporo’s suburban sprawl makes a good excursion.
The romantic port town Otaru represents Central Hokkaido’s historic heart, dotted with nostalgic buildings and stone warehouses around the canal.
Best known for both dramatic cliffs and cobalt blue ocean, the Shakotan Peninsula juts out into the Sea of Japan on the northwest of Yoichi. It is also famous for its uni (sea urchin).
Niseko is Japan’s most dynamically changing ski resort, modern buildings, restaurants and bars are rising day by day. International skiers and snowboarders admire its best powder snow in the world.
Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Shikotsu-Toya National Park is one of Hokkaido’s most popular tourist destinations. Volcanic activity has been created the unique mountains, caldera lakes and excellent onsen.
Sorachi was one of Japan’s major coalfields with more than a hundred mining sites and supported Hokkaido’s rapid economic growth after the 1950s.
Hemmed in by the Hidaka Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this region is Japan’s top racehorse breeding ground with countless stables.
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