Shiretoko Five Lakes & Shiretoko Mountain Range

About a 70-kilometer-long and 25-kilometer-wide peninsula jutting out in the southern Sea of Okhotsk.
To the journey through the Shiretoko Peninsula registered as a world natural heritage.

The distance from Sapporo to Shiretoko is about 422 kilometers.
An adventurous journey to the summer Sea of Okhotsk via the route crossing the great nature and vast land of Hokkaido.

World Natural Heritage: Shiretoko National Park & Shiretoko Five Lakes

Five lakes located in Shari, Hokkaido surrounded by primary forest. Home to many wild animals such as Yezo squirrels, Yezo deer, and brown bears, you can fully feel the rich nature of Shiretoko at the Five Lakes Forest.

There are two routes for strolling the Shiretoko Five Lakes: the safe elevated wooden road and the trail on the ground. The elevated wooden road from which you can look down at the entire lake is a course in which you make a round trip of 800 meters to the lakeside. Anyone can experience Shiretoko’s charm safely.
The trail on the ground on which you can feel the nature of the primary forest more closely requires a professional tour guide when the brown bears are active (May 10th - July 31st).

Shiretoko Pass

Shiretoko Cross Road (National Road No. 334) connects Utoro, Shari Town, which is a popular drive route, and Rausu Town. Located at the summit, Shiretoko Pass is an excellent viewing point where you can see Mt. Rausudake and Kunashiri Island if the weather is good. It is the national road with the shortest opening period because it is closed every late October to late April due to snow. It is a must-visit spot if you are in Shiretoko between spring and autumn.

Whale Watching (off the Rausu Coast)

Not only is the Shiretoko Peninsula registered as a world heritage site but also its coastal regions. On the eastern side of the peninsula against the Sea of Okhotsk, Rausu is the most southern point in the world where drift ice is found. The drift ice creates a nutritious body of water, attracting whales, dolphins, and killer whales looking for food. You can take the tourist boat from the port to the offshore Rausu Coast where they are sighted frequently.

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Attractions in Sapporo

Moerenuma Park

Merenuma Park, located about a 30-minute drive from central Sapporo. The sculptor, Isamu Noguchi designed the basic structure, treating the whole park itself as a single sculpture. Artworks and large objects are placed around the vast park, about 1.89 square meters in size. It’s a recommended spot where you can familiarize yourself with art while playing such as playing on playground equipment designed by Isamu Noguchi.

Location : 1-1 Moerenuma Park, Higashi Ward, Sapporo City, Hokkaido 007-0011

About 25 min by car from Sapporo Station North Exit Store (about 10 km)

Mt. Moiwa

Located almost in the center of Sapporo City, Mt. Moiwa is a sightseeing spot about 30 minutes from Sapporo Station. At the summit is a 360-degree panoramic view of Sapporo City, Ishikari Bay, and Mashike Mt. Shokanbetsu as well as well-equipped facilities such a planetarium and restaurants. Selected as one of the new top three night views in Japan, Sapporo’s night view is a must-see.

Location(Summit Observation Platform) : Moiwa Sancho Station, 1 Moiwasan, Minami Ward, Sapporo City, Hokkaido 005-0041

About 35 min by car from Sapporo Station North Exit Store (about 14.5 km)

See attractions accessible from New Chitose Airport,
Sapporo (towards Muroran) on a day trip

Lake Toya

About 90 minutes by car from New Chitose Airport is the Lake Toya area. It’s a perfect road trip destination since you can immerse yourself in the vast nature of Hokkaido such as Mt. Usu and Showa Shinzan and enjoy Lake Toya Hot Springs, which has many facilities where you can bathe without being an overnight guest. The “Lake Toya Long-Run Fireworks,” held every night from the end of April to end of October every year is also recommended.

Location (Free Parking) : 142-140 Lake Toya Hot Spring, Toyako Town, Abuta District, Hokkaido 049-5721

About 1 hr 30 min by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 117 km)

About 2 hr 20 min by car from Hakodate Airport Store (about 165 km)

Lake Shikotsu

It is an excellent viewing spot about 60 minutes by car from Sapporo City. A caldera lake that takes pride in being the most or the second most transparent lake in the country. Activities with which you can fully enjoy the nature are popular such as viewing the lake on pleasure boats and canoe rafting. The beauty of the surface of the lake reflecting the setting sun and the sunset sky is memorable.

Location (Free Parking) : National Road No. 453, Shikotsu Lake Hot Spring, Chitose City, Hokkaido 066-0281

About 50 min by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 42 km)

About 3 hr 50 min by car from Hakodate Airport Store (about 280 km)

Noboribetsu Hot Springs

Known as a hot spring destination since the Edo period (1603 - 1868), Noboribetsu Hot Spring is one of Japan’s major hot springs boasting nine kinds of spring quality. The Oyunuma River Natural Foot Bath, which are also popular among foreign tourists, the white smoke of an active volcano, and the Hell Valley where you can see geysers and other moments of hot water springing out.

Location : Noboribetsu Onsen Town, Noboribetsu City, Hokkaido 059-0551

About 1 hr by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 75 km)

About 3 hr 5 min by car from Hakodate Airport Store (about 218 km)

Cape Chikyu

You can see the Pacific Ocean in the horizon on sunny days from the Cape Chikyu Observation Platform on top of a 130-meter cliff as well as a view where you truly realize that the Earth is round. It’s a recommended viewing spot about 10 minutes by car from JR Muroran Station.

Location : 4 Bokoi Minami Town, Muroran City, Hokkaido 051-0003

About 1 hr 20 min by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 94 km)

About 3 hr by car from Hakodate Airport Store (about 203 km)

Car Models Recommended for Hokkaido Road Trips

XV Class

Recommended PurposesLong Distance Trips, Leisure

An all-purpose standard class.
It has a fair amount of engine displacement. Therefore, you can have a pleasant experience driving on freeways and slopes as well as go a long distance without stress. It is a class recommended for a trip where your main mode of transportation is driving.

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Asahikawa Suburban Area

Blue Pond

The “Blue Pond” located in northern Hokkaido in Biei Town. The blue surface and dry trees create a fantastic view. A road leads off of the parking lot, allowing you to take a stroll watching the blue pond. The water sometimes becomes murky the day after the rain. Therefore, it is recommended to check the weather before visiting.

Location : Aza Shirogane, Biei Town, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido 071-0235

About 35 min by car from Asahikawa Airport Store (about 29 km)

About 2 hr 35 min by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 163 km)

Farm Tomita

“Farm Tomita” where a vast lavender field stretches. It’s a must-visit spot in the Furano tour; you can enjoy lavenders as well as over 80 kinds of flowers. The “Hanabito Field” where marigolds and salvias bloom between early July and late September is like a carpet of flowers.

Location : 15 Kisen Kita, Naka Furano Town, Sorachi District, Hokkaido 071-0704

About 35 min by car from Asahikawa Airport Store (about 29 km)

About 2 hr 35 min by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 163 km)

Hakodate Suburban Area

Mt. Hakodate

The 333-meter-high Mt. Hakodate from which you can see the entire urban area is an excellent viewing spot that made it on the Michelin Guidebook as a three-star location. You can enjoy the Hakodate night view created by the beautiful contrast between the two bodies of water on either side of the city and the cityscape. Sunny days are also recommended as you can enjoy the view of Tsugaru Strait and Shimokita Peninsula.

Location : Mt. Hakodate, Hakodate City, Hokkaido 040-0000

About 30 min by car from Hakodate Airport Store (about 14 km)

About 3 hr 40 min by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 278 km)

Onuma Quasi-National Park

About 30 kilometers from Hakodate City, Onuma Quasi-National Park, extends on the foot of Mt. Komagatake, which is an active volcano. You can enjoy a vast view of Onuma, Konuma, and Junsainuma lakes as well as 126 small islands. Pleasure boats, canoes, cycling, and other activities in which you can experience nature is recommended.

Location : 1023-1 Aza Onuma-cho, Nanae Town, Kameda District, Hokkaido 041-1354

About 50 min by car from Hakodate Airport Store (about 34 km)

About 2 hr 55 min by car from New Chitose Airport Store (about 247 km)

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