Konnichiwa~(Hello), Watashiwa(I am) mi(my name) desu(the end of a polite style word)!
I’m going to introduce Hokkaido prefecture in Japan today. I am from Sapporo, Hokkaido as I wrote in MI PROFILE. I had lived there for 18 years and have been to many places in Hokkaido.
Hokkaido is one of the most famous sightseeing place in Japan. There are beautiful nature, lots of fresh ingredients and many hot springs!
Even I live in Tokyo, I always miss Hokkaido. I usually go back to Hokkaido once 1~3 months.
- Do you know how big Hokkaido is!?
- The best 11 places you must go in Hokkaido！
- How many days does it need to enjoy in Hokkaido??
- Tips of traveling Hokkaido
- Hokkaido souvenirs
Do you know how big Hokkaido is!?
Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture of Japan.
As you can see, Hokkaido is the biggest prefecture in Japan. It accounts 22 ％ of Japan.
Hokkaido has 13 airports. The biggest airport is New Chitose Airport nearby Sapporo.
Hakodate(west) to Nemuro(east) is 662 km which takes 8 hr 40 min by a car.→
(6 days by walking haha)
←Wakkanai(north) to Erimo(south) is 550 km which takes 8 hr 8 min by a car.
Hokkaido is almost as large as Austria in Europe.→
The best 11 places you must go in Hokkaido！
How many days does it need to enjoy in Hokkaido??
The answer is you need at least 4 days!! If you have time, I think you need 1 year to know Hokkaido. haha
If it’s difficult to stay for a year, I’m going to suggest some travel plans for visitors.
Model plan for 4 days : ①Sapporo, Otaru, Noboribetsu /②Sapporo, Otaru, Biei, Furano, Asahikawa
This is the shortest plan that I suggest. Plan① is not hard schedule, you can relax. While you can go to more places in plan② than plan①. In Winter, ① is better.
|Day||Area||Things to do|
|1 day||New Chitose Airport
|Walk around the Sapporo city. Eat and drink at Susukino(down town of Sapporo).|
|Walk around the Otaru city until night, and come back to Sapporo.|
|3 day①||Sapporo→Noboribetsu||Relax at Noboribetsu hot spring.|
|See Shikisai no Oka and Farm Tomita, eat Melon.|
→New Chitose Airport
|Go to hot spring and eat delicious breakfast in the morning, after that buy souvenirs at the airport.✈|
|4 day②||→Asahikawa Airport||Go to Asahiyama zoo, then go to the airport.✈|
Model plan for 1 week : Asahikawa, Biei, Furano, Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate
If you have one week to travel, you can go to the center of Hokkaido to the south of Hokkaido!
|Day||Area||Things to do|
||Asahikawa Airport→Asahikawa city||Go to Asahiyama zoo.|
|Stay:Asahidake hot spring|
||Asahikwa→Biei||See Shikisai no Oka and the blue pond.|
|Biei→Furano||Eat Melon, See Farm Tomita.|
|Furano→Sapporo||Eat and drink at Susukino(down town of Sapporo)|
||Sapporo||Walk around Sapporo city, Eat jingisukan(local style of lamb BBQ) .|
||Sapporo→Otaru||Buy souvenirs, walk around the Otaru city.|
||Otaru→Hakodate||Take a rest at hot spring in Hakodate.|
|Stay:Haokodate Hot spring|
||Hakodate||Walk around Hakodate city, see the night view from Mt.Hakodate.|
|7 day||→Hakodate Airport||Eat delicious breakfast at Hotel La Vista. Then go to the airport.✈|
Other plans depending on your purpose
I want to go skiing or snowboarding in Winter!!
I want to do nature activities in Summer!!
I want to see the sea of clouds..!
I want to see a lot of nature!!
Tips of traveling Hokkaido
Hokkaido has a lot of famous snacks and sweets for souvenirs. I introduce some.
- ROYCE’ (Melty chocolate)
- Shiroi Koibito (means a white lover, langue de chat with chocolate)
- Jaga Pokkuru (like a fried potato but more crispy)
- Kaitaku Okaki (rice crackers with various flavors)
I love all of them! Hokkaido has more souvenirs. Come and choose whatever you like!
Thank you for reading this article. If you have some questions, please comment or contact me. I’m willing to tell you about Hokkaido.