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[Hokkaido ]Summer family trip to Hokkaido! 10 recommended spots

[Hokkaido ]Summer family trip to Hokkaido! 10 recommended spots


It is the summer vacation season and many of you are probably wondering where to go for your family vacation this year. If you are in doubt, go to Hokkaido. There are plenty of places for the whole family to enjoy such as playing in the city of Sapporo, seeing beautiful flower fields in the Furano and Biei areas, and relaxing in a hot spring. Here are 10 recommended spots in Hokkaido for a family vacation.

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Farm Tomita

Located in Furano Town, "Farm Tomita "is a spot where visitors can enjoy colorful flower gardens. The spacious garden is filled with lavender and other bright pink and orange flowers. Let's take a leisurely stroll through the garden with your family. As you walk deeper into the park, you will come to a small hill where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Daisetsuzan Mountains rising above the flower fields.
In addition to the flower garden, there is a potpourri house and a perfume house, so you can enjoy the scent of flowers and take "Farm Tomita "fragrance home as a souvenir. Enjoy the flowers in the spacious garden while feeling the highland breeze.

Location: 15 Kisenkita, Nakafurano-machi, Kochi-gun, Hokkaido
Fee: Free of charge
Official website: https://www.farm-tomita.co.jp/

Asahiyama Zoo

A nationally famous zoo in Hokkaido is "Asahiyama Zoo ". This zoo offers behavioral exhibits that allow animals to live in a form close to their natural habitat and observe their true ecology. Popular animals such as lions, giraffes, and polar bears are on display, but if you come to "Asahiyama Zoo ", you can observe animals that can only be seen in Hokkaido.
Visitors can see animals unique to Hokkaido, such as the Ezo brown bear, Ezo squirrels, Ezo rabbits, and foxes. The exhibits are designed to make visitors feel as if they have entered a natural world, so they can get a closer look at the animals than they would normally get at a zoo.

Location: Kuranuma, Higashi-Asahikawa-cho, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido
Price: Adults (high school students and above) 1000yen / Junior high school students and below: no charge
Official website: https://www.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp/asahiyamazoo/

The Road of Patchwork

Biei-cho is a town where you can enjoy Hokkaido's typical scenery of fields and flower fields on top of small hills. Cycling paths are maintained throughout the town, and visitors can enjoy the nature of Hokkaido by renting a bicycle. One of the most famous is "Patchwork Road ". As the name suggests, it is a cycling road where you can enjoy colorful flower fields and meadows like patchwork cloth.
Enjoy cycling in the hills of Biei while looking for the "Ken and Mary Tree "and "Seven Star Tree "that have appeared in commercials and TV dramas. The exhilaration of riding a bicycle through the land as far as the eye can see will be a memory that will last a lifetime.

Location: Biei-machi, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Bicycle rental: from 200 yen
Official website: https://www.biei-hokkaido.jp/ja/visit/observationfacility/

Shiroi Koibito Park

This is a spot where you can take a factory tour of "Shiroi Koibito ", a classic souvenir of Hokkaido. The site has not only a factory, but also a rose garden and a soccer field. After the factory tour, you can make your own "Shiroi Koibito "with your family. You can cut out any shape you like, enjoy decorating it to your liking, and have fun making sweets.
There are also cafes and restaurants on the premises, so if you are tired of playing, take your time and have a cup of tea. "You can enjoy Shiroi Koibito "soft serve ice cream as well as original curry and other dishes.

Location: 2-11-36, Miyanosawa 2-jo, Nishi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Admission: Adults (high school students and older) 800 yen / Children (junior high school students and younger) 400 yen
Official website: https://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/

Noboribetsu Onsen

"Noboribetsu Onsen "is a hot spring formed by volcanic activity 10,000 years ago and has been loved by the common people since the Edo period. "Noboribetsu Onsen "is a rare hot spring resort where you can enjoy 10 different types of hot spring water within one spa resort. You can take a day trip to visit the various baths, or stay overnight and enjoy the town of Noboribetsu at your leisure.
"Noboribetsu Onsen "has a place called "Hell Valley "where the spring water gushes out. The smell of sulfur in the air and the desolate landscape is just like hell. After learning about the great nature of Hokkaido and the power of volcanoes, you may find the hot spring water more pleasant than usual.

Location: Noboribetsu Onsen-cho, Noboribetsu City, Hokkaido
Reference website: https://noboribetsu-spa.jp/

Dongye Lake

A two-hour drive from Sapporo is "Lake Toya ". It is a beautiful lake surrounded by green mountains. First, go to "Lake Toya "where you can see the whole "Silo Observatory ". Early in the morning, "Lake Toya "is sometimes fogged over the entire lake, creating a fantastic view.
"If you want to enjoy the nature of Lake Toya "with your family, we recommend trying outdoor activities. You can easily go cycling, but if you are so inclined, take a kayak and spend a relaxing time on the lake. Adults and children alike will enjoy looking at the crystal clear water of the lake and looking up at the surrounding mountains from the lake's surface, forgetting about everyday life.

Location: Toyako-machi, Gadoba-gun, Hokkaido
Official website: https://www.laketoya.com/

Cape Shiretoko

Enjoy the magnificent nature of Hokkaido at "Shiretoko ", which is registered as a World Heritage Site. The "Shiretoko Cape "at the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula is in a special protected area and is off limits to the public. So if you want to see the coastal areas including "Cape Shiretoko ", take a sightseeing boat.
From the sightseeing boat, you can see "Cape Shiretoko "as well as "Kashuni Falls "which can only be seen from the sea, and the beautiful mountains of the Shiretoko mountain range. If you are lucky, you can even see a school of dolphins. The experience of viewing Shiretoko's natural wonders from the sea will surely be a summer memory your children will never forget.

Location: Tonobetsu-cho, Shari-machi, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
Fare: Varies depending on the sightseeing boat.
Official website: https://www.visit-hokkaido.jp/spot/detail_10400.html

Kushiro Marsh

Designated as a national park, "Kushiro Marsh "is a place where you can enjoy the endless beautiful marshlands. "From the Kushiro Shitsugen Observation Deck "to "Kushiro Marsh ", look around the entire area and take your time to observe the marshland. You may discover rare plants and animals.
If you have young children with you, we recommend taking the "Norokko-go "train for sightseeing. This sightseeing train is characterized by its retro green body, and just getting on the train will lift your spirits. From the windows of the slow-moving train, you can see the rich water and greenery of "Kushiro Marsh ". Enjoy the sense of adventure as you spot wildlife living freely around the marshland.

Location: Kushiro City, Kushiro Town, Kushiro County, Hokkaido; Tsurui Village, Akan County; Shibecha Town, Kawakami-gun
Official website: https://ja.kushiro-lakeakan.com/

Chase Park

Located in the center of Sapporo, "Odori Park "is a place of relaxation for the citizens of Sapporo. The TV tower stands at the back of the large park and is the symbol of "Odori Park ". A grassy plaza extends from the bottom of the TV tower to the edge of the park. On fine days, people can be seen lying down on the grass for a nap or enjoying a leisurely book reading.
After getting a light meal or coffee take-out from a nearby café, why not sit on the grass and enjoy the view of Sapporo at your leisure? This is a spot where adults can relax and children can have a great time in the spacious park.

Location: Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Official website: https://odori-park.jp/

Otaru Canal

The Otaru Canal "was built in the Taisho era (1912-1926). "is a place where you can enjoy the Taisho retro townscape. Brick buildings line the canal, and a walking path with flickering gas lamps is located on the other side of the canal. When it gets dark, the gas lamps are lit, creating a nostalgic atmosphere.
Cafes and souvenir shops line the canal, but if you are in Otaru, you should visit a glass studio. There are many glass studios along the canal alone, and you can even try your hand at glassblowing. The glassware you make yourself will be a perfect memento of your trip. It is also recommended to buy matching glasses for the whole family.

Location: 5 Minato-cho, Otaru City, Hokkaido
Official website: https://otaru.gr.jp/shop/otarucanal


We have introduced 10 recommended places in Hokkaido for family fun in summer. There are places where you can enjoy the rich nature of Hokkaido with your family and places where you can experience making things. This summer, adults and children alike can forget about everyday life and have fun in cool Hokkaido.

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