Mountain in Hakodate

Hakodate-yama & Ropeway

Mention you've been to Hakodate and every Japanese person you know will ask if you took in the night view from atop Hakodate-yama – it's that famous! Take the ropeway (gondola) to the top for amazing views over the …
Brewery in Sapporo

Sapporo Beer Garden & Museum

Part museum, part beer garden, this legendary Sapporo attraction is in the original Sapporo Beer brewery, almost due east of JR Sapporo Station. There are free one-hour tours of the museum (recorded English commenta…
Museum in Sapporo

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Housed in the ski-jump stadium built for the Sapporo Olympics west of the central city, this highly amusing museum includes a computerised ski-jump simulator that allows you to try your skills without breaking every…
Top Choice Market in Hakodate

Hakodate Morning Market

Located just to the south of JR Hakodate Station, this market is a great place for hungry seafood lovers. Like tightly packed ammo, freshly caught squid glisten in ice-stuffed styrofoam. Most of the live commerce is…
Top Choice Lake in Kawayu Onsen


Considered by many to be Japan's most beautiful lake, Mashū-ko once held the world record for water clarity. The island in the middle was known by the Ainu as the Isle of the Gods. A road runs along the western rim.…
Top Choice Lake in Kawayu Onsen


Japan's largest caldera lake is a rich blue on sunny days. A small volcano peeks out from the centre, creating the island Naka-jima – best viewed from the Bihoro Pass. On the southern shore, at Suna-yu, onsen water …
Top Choice Canal in Otaru

Otaru Canal

Historic Otaru canal is lined with warehouses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was a time when traditional Japanese architecture was infused with Western-style building techniques, so some of the bu…
Top Choice Village in Akanko Onsen

Ainu Kotan

This collection of 36 households is actually the largest Ainu village in Hokkaidō. Residents make a living promoting their culture: dancing on the stage at Ikor, cooking pochie (fermented potato dumplings) in restau…
Top Choice Market in Wakkanai


About a 10-minute walk south of JR Wakkanai Station, this complex houses everything from a food market to souvenir shops to restaurants to the Minato-no-yu Onsen. It's a bit like a living museum as fascinating histo…
Top Choice Brewery in Ōnuma Regional Park

Ōnuma Beer

For those who get a bit hot and thirsty, a five-minute walk from JR Ōnuma Kōen Station will bring you to Ōnuma Beer, a top spot to relax and try the highly recommended local brews.