Niseko & Shakotan Travel | Central Hokkaido

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Designated as Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park, this area (formally called Shiribeshi Region) has a variety of nicest attractions, from the impressive coastlines along the Shakotan Peninsula to the world-class ski resorts in the Niseko Mountains overlooking the wonderful Yotei-zan.


Niseko Mountains

Skiing, trekking and onsen hopping around Niseko Annupuri.


Shiribeshi Region’s capital is a gateway to Niseko ski resorts.

Shakotan Peninsula

Best known for both dramatic cliffs and cobalt blue ocean.


Seeking out the whisky, herring fishing history and orchards.


The small villages around Yotei-zan (1898m) boast rural landscapes.


Slow your pace and take the time to walk on the footpaths.

Guide Map

Getting There

TRAIN: JR Hakodate Line (sometimes called Yama-sen in Japanese) veers north from Oshamanbe to Otaru via Kutchan in Shiribeshi Region. Getting there by local train from Sapporo require a change at Otaru, and a limited express train from Hakodate require a change at Oshamanbe.

BUS: All highway buses from Sapporo for Shiribeshi Region via Otaru and Yoichi (1hr 40min / ¥1050) are operated by Chuo Bus. Main destinations include the Iroha in Niseko Annupuri Ski Area (3hrs), Kaumi-misaki (late Apr-Oct / 3.5hrs) and Iwanai (2.5hrs).

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