1. Shiretoko: A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is so well-preserved, far from civilization, as well as exceedingly important in biodiversity and ecosystem, that it seems to be a frontier of the Earth is Shiretoko National Park. This park is one of the most isolated parts of Japan, accessible only by foot, boat, and several days of hiking. Because it is remote, it has become a home to large populations of bears, foxes, and deer.
2. Rishiri and Rebun: The two islands dotting the northern tip of Hokkaido are peaceful fishing villages with breathtaking sceneries. In these islands, visitors can go hiking, see wildflowers, and be at awe with slow-paced life near nature. The striking dormant volcano Mt. Rishiri is found in Rishiri Island or Rishiri-to. Rolling slopes filled with alpine flowers, on the other hand, are found in Rebun Island or Rebun-to.
3. Lake Toya: Lake Toya or Toyako is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park that is so scenic it was chosen as the venue of the 2008 G8 Summit, a meeting of the leaders of the world’s most industrialized countries. The lake itself is picturesque but when combined with the nearby hot springs and the active volcano Mt. Usu, it becomes even more beautiful. In the park, visitors can go kayaking, fishing, trekking, and camping. They can also relax in the park’s several hot springs.
4. Noboribetsu: Noboribetsu is a hot spring resort town that is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Locals and many Japanese people believe that the town’s 11 kinds of thermal waters are the most soothing and healing in the whole country. Many of the hot springs in Noboribetsu are in the ryokan, Japanese-style inns appointed with traditional amenities and services.
5. Asahikawa: Asahikawa is the second largest city in Hokkaido that is well-known for its local zoo called Asahiyama Zoo and scrumptious ramen aptly named Asahikawa Ramen. Asahiyama Zoo allows people to watch many kinds of animals up-close and enjoy certain attractions like the famous penguin walks during the winter season and the underwater flights of penguins placed in large glass tunnels