Speaking of northern Hokkaido, the beautiful and magnificent nature of Cape Soya and Cloud Sea Terrace are the highlights of the area. Many of the natural heritage sites are registered as part of the Hokkaido Heritage, and you can learn more about them along with the history and geography of the region.
Wakkanai, Japan's northernmost city, invites you to travel. Wakkanai is Japan's northernmost city, and the northernmost point of Wakkanai is Cape Soya. Tourists keep coming to the cape to step on the northernmost point in Japan. At a nearby store, you can purchase a "northernmost tip" certificate. How about one as a souvenir of your trip?
In addition, the surrounding area includes Cape Park and Soya Park, where you can see various monuments, historical sites, and cultural assets.
The introduction of "behavioral exhibits" that show the behavior and life of the animals, allowing visitors to see their lives up close and personal like never before, makes this one of the nation's top zoos popular among adults and children of all ages.
The zoo is one of the top zoos in the country, popular with children and adults of all ages. The exhibit features seals swimming freely through a transparent glass tunnel, and during the winter months, you can see cute penguins strolling through the snow.
A popular area in Hokkaido that is visited by many tourists throughout the year. There are many historical buildings that still retain remnants of the pioneering era, and the area features a variety of highlights such as the neat and orderly streets of Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, and Otaru, the charming "Northern Wall Street" with its nostalgic atmosphere.
Retro stone warehouses and historical buildings are scattered along the canal, making it a historic spot with beautiful scenery.
At dusk, when the pale sunlight remains in the sky and the gaslight begins to light, the scene creates a romantic atmosphere and has an indescribable charm.
There are many restaurants and stores in the vicinity, including a retro warehouse converted into a restaurant and other restaurants and souvenir stores, making it one of the best places to visit.
Hokkaido Government Old Main Building
The former Hokkaido Government Office Building, with its impressive brick exterior, was modeled after the U.S. Capitol building in Massachusetts in 1888.
Many people enjoy strolling and sketching around the gardens and ponds.
The building is open to visitors free of charge, so why not visit the archives and enjoy the old documents of Hokkaido?
It is an area of rich nature, famous for the drift ice in Okhotsk and the wildflower fields of Wakka. East Hokkaido is characterized by a large number of natural heritage sites, and you can feel the history of people who have lived with nature.
Akan National Park in eastern Hokkaido, Kushiro City. The lake is located at the foot of Mount Akan. It is one of the representative tourist attractions in eastern Hokkaido, known for its "Marimo Legend," where islands of various sizes float on the lake. In addition to the Marimo, which is a special natural monument, the lake is also famous for being home to many other creatures such as the Oncorhynchus masou.
Kushiro Wetlands National Park
The Kushiro Marshlands have been plagued with many difficulties during the settlement of the area since the Meiji era. For this reason, it was considered useless and inexplicable "barren land". In recent years, however, with the designation as a national park and registration in the Ramsar Convention, the Kushiro Marsh has come to attract attention as an "asset of the world".
Currently, Kushiro Marsh is designated as Kushiro Marsh National Park, a national natural monument, the Kushiro Marsh Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, and a Ramsar Convention Registered Wetland.
It is an area that prospered as a gateway to the sea, where you can still feel the remnants of a unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures. There are many exotic streets and buildings in the area, and you can feel the culture and history of the area, especially in the "Hokkaido Heritage" with many historical items.
It is called "Goryokaku" because of its star-shaped pentagon shape with five protruding edges called "Ryōbō".
Goryokaku, Japan's first Western-style fortress, was opened to the public as "Goryokaku Park" since 1914, and in 1952 it was listed as a special historic site under the name "Goryokaku Site". In spring, more than 1,600 cherry trees bloom in the park, making it one of the most popular cherry blossom sites along with Hakodate Park.
Next door is the new Goryokaku Tower, which opened in April 2006 and stands 107 meters high, offering a clear view of Mount Hakodate, the Tsugaru Straits, the Yokotsu mountain range, and the star shape of Goryokaku.
Night View of Mount Hakodate
The night view of Hakodate is famous as one of the three best night views in the world.
The lights stand out clearly in the shape of the city sandwiched between the Port of Hakodate and the sea of Omorihama, and the sight of the city up close and personal is a sight to behold.
A ropeway is recommended to get to the top of the mountain. The night view seen from the ropeway has a different kind of charm.