EASTERN HOKKAIDO

Lovely scenery as far as the eye can see

Freely accessible from Tokyo

Mt.Taisetsu: The ropeway terminal is a 50-min bus ride from Asahikawa Airport

Resplendent nature available nowhere else

Freely accessible from Tokyo

Shiretoko drift ice: A little over an hour by car from Nakashibestu Airport

EASTERN HOKKAIDO is the destination for winter

Freely accessible from Tokyo

Kushiro-shitsugen National Park: Approx. 40 min by car from Kushiro Airport

Asahikawa Airport
Nakashibestu Airport
Kushiro Airport

Have a luxurious time touring the city then enjoy the even more valuable grand nature of the area

From the abundance of scenery offered by the Great Outdoors, to the resilient creatures that survive through the harsh winters, to the entertainment created by the humans that co-exist with this nature, winter in EASTERN HOKKAIDO is your ticket to adventure.

Tokyo

  • Ginza Shopping/gourmet cuisine
  • Akihabara Culture/electric products
  • Shibuya Surging crowds
  • Shinjuku The Megacity

After you've had your fill of Tokyo, depart from Haneda Airport to a more distant place where you can experience nature like no other - EASTERN HOKKAIDO awaits.

Approx. 105 minutes

EASTERN HOKKAIDO

  • Zoos.... ASAHIKAWA AIRPORT
  • Drift ice.... MEMANBETSU AIRPORT
  • Nature.... KUSHIRO AIRPORT
  • Gourmet cuisine.... MONBETSU AIRPORT
  • Hotsprings.... OBIHIRO AIRPORT
  • Activities.... NAKASHIBETSU AIRPORT

The beauty of EASTERN HOKKAIDO, lush with nature

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EASTERN HOKKAIDO is a vast and naturally-rich region. There are various airports in the region that allow direct access from Tokyo.
There are tourist destinations available from the six airports of the region: Monbetsu, Memanbestu, Asahikawa, Nakashibetsu, Kushiro, and Obihiro.

  • ASAHIKAWA Daisetsuzan National Park

    Daisetsuzan National Park was designated as a national park in 1934. It’s said that the reason for designation was the region’s vast expanses of untouched mountain environments. With a number of mountains over 2000 meters high such as Mt. Hokuchin, Mt. Hakuun, Mt. Kuro, and Hokkaido’s highest peak of Mt. Asahi, the harsh environment has doubtlessly helped keep human hands away from these natural environments.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MEMANBETSU Drift ice walk/ diving

    Have you ever seen the drift ice breaking onto the shores of the Sea of Okhotsk? Certainly it was once a sea but now it is filled with masses of ice which make a creaking sound. That spectacle is a highlight. That is, Would you like to join us? As you can walk on the drift ice.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • NAKASHIBETSU Cape Puyuni

    Cape Puyuni is located along the road as one heads towards the Shiretoko five lakes. Directly in front of one’s eyes, Utoro fishing port and the Sea of Okhotsk stretch out and on a clear day, one is able to even see the mountains in the distant Akan National Park.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • KUSHIRO Akan International Crane Center Grus

    The town of Akan is known as the birthplace of artificial feeding of Japanese cranes. A display explaining the activities and behavior of the cranes, as well as an image corner and library corner with crane-related literature are established within the center.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • OBIHIRO Sairinka

    Sairinka - a fantastical light and snow pageant of beauty and color held at nighttime during the Swan Festival, a traditional winter of Tokachigawa Onsen. Colorful LED-filled objects synchronized with music, inviting visitors into a another world.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • ASAHIKAWA Dog sledding

    If you are a dog lover, have you not dreamt of trying it just once? Yes, To go dog sledding. A well trained pack of huskies combing their physical strength to run, run, and run. Such a dreamlike experience is possible in a place known as eastern Hokkaido.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MONBETSU Drift Ice Breaker Garinko-go II

    This is a full-impact drift ice cruise where the boat moves ahead while breaking apart the blocks of ice with a large screw at the front. The cruise starts and finishes at Monbetsu. The February-only sunrise/sunset cruise, in which the ice is bathed in orange light, is an essential sight.

    ANA EXPERIENCE JAPAN
  • MEMANBETSU Smelt fishing

    Winter in Hokkaido is harsh. Winter in eastern Hokkaido is especially harsh. The lakes which were once filled to the brim with water have now frozen over. Just walking on that thick iced up surface wouldn’t cause it to break. On the surface of such lakes, there are places where you can enjoy smelt fishing.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • NAKASHIBETSU Shiretoko Ground Hotel Kita Kobushi

    Shiretoko's nature is a World Natural Heritage Site.
    Standing at the side of this site is Kita Koubushi.
    How about relaxing in this space and have the luxury of doing nothing?

    Relux - Handpicked luxury ryokans and hotels
  • KUSHIRO Robata

    Rice Bowls (Gyudon / Tendon / Oyakodon / Katsudon / etc.),Sashimi (Raw Sliced Fish),Charcoal Grill Dinner

    GURUNAVI Restaurant Guide
  • OBIHIRO Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan

    The Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan is a fun-filled spot that appears on the frozen lake surface during the severe winter period. Kotan means "village" in the Ainu language, and this village - made out of snow and ice - features an ice bar and outdoor hot bath on the ice, to enable visitors to enjoy the pleasures of living in frozen land.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • ASAHIKAWA Hyobaku (Ice Waterfall) Festival

    Winter, when even the waterfalls that flow from the sheer cliffs freeze. The Hyobaku Festival is an event that's representative of winter in Sounkyo. Ice columns, tunnels and domes - sculptures created in their most natural form on the banks of the Ishikari River. In the daytime the natural forms sparkle in the sunlight, at nighttime they're floodlit in a multitude of colors to create a mystical scene.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MONBETSU Okhotsk Tokkari Center

    "Tokkari" is the Ainu word for "azarashi" (earless seal), and as the center's name would imply, this facility specializes in sheltering and conservation of earless seals. Visitors can observe the natural ecology of these graceful seals, and even take part in close-up interactive activities. All the while, the center serves as a conservation facility, treating earless seals that have been injured or caught in fishing nets, and returning them home to the ocean. The Okhotsk Tokkari Center holds and extremely important role as Japan's one and only marine animal conservation facility.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MEMANBETSU icebreaker ship Aurora/Aurora 2

    Enjoy a drift ice cruise centered around Abashiri while the ship breaks through the ice. We recommend taking in a view to the horizon on the Observation Deck, or getting a more up-close view of the drift ice from the Side Deck on the first floor.

    ANA EXPERIENCE JAPAN
  • NAKASHIBETSU Kihachi

    Izakaya (Japanese Style Pub),Sashimi (Raw Sliced Fish),Charcoal Grill Dishes

    GURUNAVI Restaurant Guide
  • KUSHIRO Fuyu no Shitsugen-go Steam Locomotive

    Fuyu no Shitsugen-go Steam Locomotive is a traditional part of the winter scenery in the Kushiro Wetland, billowing white smoke as it speeds heroically through the expansive white snowfields.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • OBIHIRO Tokachi sweets tour

    Hokkaido is known for its sweets and Obihiro is particularly famous for its delicious confectionery. That is because the flour, milk, sugar, eggs, beans and other high-quality ingredients used to make the sweets are all produced in Tokachi.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • ASAHIKAWA Asahiyama Zoo

    "Welcome!" Step inside this marvelous zoo and enter an amazing world of animals. Penguins soar through the water as if flying, and polar bears dive with a mighty splash! Orangutans display masterful balance and grace on ropes and nets. Wolves howl in the distance. Now nationally famous, Asahiyama Zoo has revolutionized the zoo experience throughout Japan by installing displays to maximize the natural ecology and behavior of each animal. The lively animals create vivid new scenes every day. How about a visit to this very special world?

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MONBETSU Monbetsu Drift Ice Festival

    This popular ice sculpture festival features projection mapping. The incredible main stage that looks like a building is an essential sight. It’s a special day that also features barbecues and fireworks.

    ANA EXPERIENCE JAPAN
  • MEMANBETSU Lake Mashu

    Boasting a degree of transparency ranking next to lake Baikal in Russia. On a clear day, the lovely surface of lake Mashu is a deep blue color which is called Mashu blue.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • NAKASHIBETSU Bird watching

    Eastern Hokkaido is a natural habitat for these wild birds.
    It can be said that this is the sole habitat for the birds which are at risk of extinction.
    Let’s briefly visit their territory while conducting ourselves in a proper manner and never spoil this wild bird paradise.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • KUSHIRO Akan Frozen Lake Festival ICE AKAN "Fuyuhanabi"

    An event packed with winter fun, including snowmen, igloos, mini-games, Lake Akan ice cutting, etc. Numerous ice and snow sculptures decorate the venue of the frozen surface of the lake. The sparks from the fireworks that rise above the pure white world of ice create a truly impressive site to behold.

    EASTERN HOKKAIDO Sightseeing Development Council
  • OBIHIRO Souno

    Local / Regional Cuisine,Kappou (Fine Dining at a Counter)

    GURUNAVI Restaurant Guide
  • MONBETSU Drift Ice Breaker Garinko-go II

    This is a full-impact drift ice cruise where the boat moves ahead while breaking apart the blocks of ice with a large screw at the front. The cruise starts and finishes at Monbetsu. The February-only sunrise/sunset cruise, in which the ice is bathed in orange light, is an essential sight.

    ANA EXPERIENCE JAPAN
  • MONBETSU Okhotsk Tokkari Center

    "Tokkari" is the Ainu word for "azarashi" (earless seal), and as the center's name would imply, this facility specializes in sheltering and conservation of earless seals. Visitors can observe the natural ecology of these graceful seals, and even take part in close-up interactive activities. All the while, the center serves as a conservation facility, treating earless seals that have been injured or caught in fishing nets, and returning them home to the ocean. The Okhotsk Tokkari Center holds and extremely important role as Japan's one and only marine animal conservation facility.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MONBETSU Monbetsu Drift Ice Festival

    This popular ice sculpture festival features projection mapping. The incredible main stage that looks like a building is an essential sight. It’s a special day that also features barbecues and fireworks.

    ANA EXPERIENCE JAPAN
  • MEMANBETSU Drift ice walk/ diving

    Have you ever seen the drift ice breaking onto the shores of the Sea of Okhotsk? Certainly it was once a sea but now it is filled with masses of ice which make a creaking sound. That spectacle is a highlight. That is, Would you like to join us? As you can walk on the drift ice.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MEMANBETSU Smelt fishing

    Winter in Hokkaido is harsh. Winter in eastern Hokkaido is especially harsh. The lakes which were once filled to the brim with water have now frozen over. Just walking on that thick iced up surface wouldn’t cause it to break. On the surface of such lakes, there are places where you can enjoy smelt fishing.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • MEMANBETSU icebreaker ship Aurora/Aurora 2

    Enjoy a drift ice cruise centered around Abashiri while the ship breaks through the ice. We recommend taking in a view to the horizon on the Observation Deck, or getting a more up-close view of the drift ice from the Side Deck on the first floor.

    ANA EXPERIENCE JAPAN
  • MEMANBETSU Lake Mashu

    Boasting a degree of transparency ranking next to lake Baikal in Russia. On a clear day, the lovely surface of lake Mashu is a deep blue color which is called Mashu blue.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • ASAHIKAWA Daisetsuzan National Park

    Daisetsuzan National Park was designated as a national park in 1934. It’s said that the reason for designation was the region’s vast expanses of untouched mountain environments. With a number of mountains over 2000 meters high such as Mt. Hokuchin, Mt. Hakuun, Mt. Kuro, and Hokkaido’s highest peak of Mt. Asahi, the harsh environment has doubtlessly helped keep human hands away from these natural environments.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • ASAHIKAWA Dog sledding

    If you are a dog lover, have you not dreamt of trying it just once? Yes, To go dog sledding. A well trained pack of huskies combing their physical strength to run, run, and run. Such a dreamlike experience is possible in a place known as eastern Hokkaido.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • ASAHIKAWA Hyobaku (Ice Waterfall) Festival

    Winter, when even the waterfalls that flow from the sheer cliffs freeze. The Hyobaku Festival is an event that's representative of winter in Sounkyo. Ice columns, tunnels and domes - sculptures created in their most natural form on the banks of the Ishikari River. In the daytime the natural forms sparkle in the sunlight, at nighttime they're floodlit in a multitude of colors to create a mystical scene.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • ASAHIKAWA Asahiyama Zoo

    "Welcome!" Step inside this marvelous zoo and enter an amazing world of animals. Penguins soar through the water as if flying, and polar bears dive with a mighty splash! Orangutans display masterful balance and grace on ropes and nets. Wolves howl in the distance. Now nationally famous, Asahiyama Zoo has revolutionized the zoo experience throughout Japan by installing displays to maximize the natural ecology and behavior of each animal. The lively animals create vivid new scenes every day. How about a visit to this very special world?

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • NAKASHIBETSU Cape Puyuni

    Cape Puyuni is located along the road as one heads towards the Shiretoko five lakes. Directly in front of one’s eyes, Utoro fishing port and the Sea of Okhotsk stretch out and on a clear day, one is able to even see the mountains in the distant Akan National Park.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • NAKASHIBETSU Shiretoko Ground Hotel Kita Kobushi

    Shiretoko's nature is a World Natural Heritage Site.
    Standing at the side of this site is Kita Koubushi.
    How about relaxing in this space and have the luxury of doing nothing?

    Relux - Handpicked luxury ryokans and hotels
  • NAKASHIBETSU Kihachi

    Izakaya (Japanese Style Pub),Sashimi (Raw Sliced Fish),Charcoal Grill Dishes

    GURUNAVI Restaurant Guide
  • NAKASHIBETSU Bird watching

    Eastern Hokkaido is a natural habitat for these wild birds.
    It can be said that this is the sole habitat for the birds which are at risk of extinction.
    Let’s briefly visit their territory while conducting ourselves in a proper manner and never spoil this wild bird paradise.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • KUSHIRO Akan International Crane Center Grus

    The town of Akan is known as the birthplace of artificial feeding of Japanese cranes. A display explaining the activities and behavior of the cranes, as well as an image corner and library corner with crane-related literature are established within the center.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • KUSHIRO Robata

    Rice Bowls (Gyudon / Tendon / Oyakodon / Katsudon / etc.),Sashimi (Raw Sliced Fish),Charcoal Grill Dinner

    GURUNAVI Restaurant Guide
  • KUSHIRO Fuyu no Shitsugen-go Steam Locomotive

    Fuyu no Shitsugen-go Steam Locomotive is a traditional part of the winter scenery in the Kushiro Wetland, billowing white smoke as it speeds heroically through the expansive white snowfields.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • KUSHIRO Akan Frozen Lake Festival ICE AKAN "Fuyuhanabi"

    An event packed with winter fun, including snowmen, igloos, mini-games, Lake Akan ice cutting, etc. Numerous ice and snow sculptures decorate the venue of the frozen surface of the lake. The sparks from the fireworks that rise above the pure white world of ice create a truly impressive site to behold.

    EASTERN HOKKAIDO Sightseeing Development Council
  • OBIHIRO Sairinka

    Sairinka - a fantastical light and snow pageant of beauty and color held at nighttime during the Swan Festival, a traditional winter of Tokachigawa Onsen. Colorful LED-filled objects synchronized with music, inviting visitors into a another world.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • OBIHIRO Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan

    The Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan is a fun-filled spot that appears on the frozen lake surface during the severe winter period. Kotan means "village" in the Ainu language, and this village - made out of snow and ice - features an ice bar and outdoor hot bath on the ice, to enable visitors to enjoy the pleasures of living in frozen land.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • OBIHIRO Tokachi sweets tour

    Hokkaido is known for its sweets and Obihiro is particularly famous for its delicious confectionery. That is because the flour, milk, sugar, eggs, beans and other high-quality ingredients used to make the sweets are all produced in Tokachi.

    EXPLORE the WONDERLAND EASTERN HOKKAIDO
  • OBIHIRO Souno

    Local / Regional Cuisine,Kappou (Fine Dining at a Counter)

    GURUNAVI Restaurant Guide