* Hokkaido Travel Tips的部落格

*Hokkaido Travel Tips’ Blog
We compile information on “0 yen tourist spots” and “must-see paid spots with extra benefits” and then keep them in our blog as archives for your convenience. We also introduce the food of Hokkaido and interesting souvenirs to take home.



Utonai湖野生鳥獸保護中心 / Lake Utonai Wildlife Preservation Center


Lake Utonai Wildlife Preservation Center (Tomakomai City) is managed by Tomakomai City in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment. There are many different exhibits and materials to learn about the nature and wildlife of Lake Utonai on the first floor. The second floor is used for Tomakomai Citizen's Gallery, where photos and other art-related items are exhibited. This center is also in charge of the protection of wildlife. When they find injured birds or animals, they rehabilitate them for re-release. Lake Utonai Sanctuary's Nature Center is close to this center, and people can access it there by a path.

北海道知事公館 / Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence


Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence (Sapporo City Chuo-ku) is like a park with free admission. There is a historical building and a large garden. The wall of this western style building is white, with the pattern of dark red lines making it beautiful. This building was built by the Mitsui combine, one of Japan's big conglomerates, in 1936. However, Hokkaido Government owns both this building and its garden now. About 2400 trees, a small river and pond, and a large lawn provide an oasis in the urban area of Sapporo. The garden opens from the end of April to the end of November.

旭山紀念公園 / Asahiyama Memorial Park


Asahiyama Memorial Park (Sapporo City Chuo-ku) opened in 1970 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sapporo city. A feature of this park is an inclined open space making use of the slope of a mountain. At the bottom of the slope, there is a big fountain. From an observation deck on the hill, which is 137.5 meters high, visitors can look over the town of Sapporo. Walking paths have also been constructed in the park, with one leading to the top of Mt. Moiwa. As these walking paths involve climbing, it is good exercise.


定山溪水庫資料館 / Jozankei Dam Museum


Jozankei Dam Museum (Sapporo City Minami-ku) is free to enter, and it is located in Jozankei Dam Downstream Park. Visitors can learn about Jozankei Dam's structures, how they were constructed, and how the dam facilities work. Learning is through observation of miniature models. Visitors can also learn about the ecological system around the dam - such as what creatures inhabit the area and what natural environment can be seen. There are interesting learning tools too, such as one which allows people to experience turning a handle to generate electricity. Outside the museum, some real big devices used in hydraulic power plants are exhibited.

定山溪神社 / Jozankei Shrine


Jozankei Shrine (Jozankei Hot Springs) was established in 1905. Jozan Miizumi, who was a Buddhist priest who discovered the hot springs in 1866, has been deified equivalent to his peers. Free jazz music shows are held at this shrine in summer; and it is a part of Sapporo City Jazz Festival. In 2015, it was from July 16 to 20. In winter, a lot of ice candles are installed and they make a nice sight for visitors at night. This shrine is on the main road (Route 230), and it is opposite side of a group of onsen hotels. It's open 365 days a year.

湧泉公園 / Fukidashi Park


Fukidashi Park (Kyogoku Town) is located at the bottom of Mt Yotei. (Fukidashi stands for 'gushing out'. ) Very clear water springs continuously from the ground, and it is possible to drink it directly with not treatment. The place to drink and gather water is well set-up, and it looks as if it is a sacred place. In summer, people can drink very cold water. Anyone can fill their own bottles or plastic containers without paying, but good manners are requested - for example not occupying more than one drinking fountain. There is also a hill in the park. Visitors can climb a straight staircase with more than 200 steps, and can look over the town.


Utonai湖 / Lake Utonai


Lake Utonai (Tomakomai City in Iburi District) has a wild bird sanctuary which was designated in 1979 as Japan's first sanctuary. More than 260 species of wild birds have been identified at the sanctuary. At the Nature Center, where admission is free, visitors can learn about wild birds using various resources. There are seven walking path courses around the lake. People can enjoy bird watching and the singing of the birds. Lake Utonai is famous as a place where migratory birds like goose, duck and swan inhabit. In winter, it is easy to see birds as leaves fall down from trees leaving no cover.

莫埃來沼公園 / Moerenuma Park


Moerenuma Park was opened in 2005 after 23 years of construction. This park is the symbol of Sapporo's Green Belt project, which surrounds the city with a green zone. The basic design was created by Isamu Noguchi, a sculptor who lived in America. His concept was “the whole being a single sculpture.” There are large symbolic and geometric objects such as a big fountain, two artificial mountains, and a big glass-made pyramid. This park used to be a waste treatment plant, but then it was converted to a unique park. The park is a great example of protecting nature and conservation.