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*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.



火山資料展示室 / The Exhibition Room of Volcanic Materials of Mt. Usu


The Exhibition Room of Volcanic Materials of Mt. Usu (Toyako Town) is next to Nishi Shinzan Numa, which is a big pond created by the volcanic activity of Mt. Usu in 2000. After part of route 230 caved-in, the pond was created. The building housing this exhibition room used to be the headquarters of fire defense for the area around Lake Toya. After it was damaged, the headquarters moved to the different location. The building then became the present exhibition facility, although the floor is slightly off flat. There are many photos to inform people of what the volcanic activities in 2000 were like.

煤礦的大露頭 / Sekitan-no Dai Rotou


Sekitan-no Dai Rotou (Yubari City) is designated as a prefectural treasure of Hokkaido. Sekitan means coal and rotou means outcrop; and Sekitan-no Dai Rotou stands for a large-scale outcrop of coal. In 1888, an exposed coal layer, in excess of seven meters in height, was discovered. This saw the bitrh of Yubari becoming one of the main coal mining hubs of Japan. Sekitan-no Dai Rotou is now located next the parking of the site of the Coal Museum. Although the museum is paid, this site is free to see. The Coal Museum was renovated in April, 2018.

Kinema Kaidou

Kinema Kaidou (電影街道,位於夕張市)是以電影為主題的大道,靠近夕張市政府。在大道的各處設置電影史上留下名聲的著名老電影的看板。不管哪一種看板都是昔日很普遍的手繪看板,令人感受到懷舊的氣氛。夕張也是舉辦過電影節的電影之都。煤礦產業興盛的時候,市內曾有17家電影院。
Kinema:從英文的cinema 而來,意指電影;Kaido:為日文發音的「街道」。

Kinema Kaidou (Yubari City) is a cinema-themed street near Yubari City Hall. Kinema Kaidou stands for ‘Cinema Street,’ with this street exhibiting large billboards of many old classic movies. Those billboards, which were standard at movie theaters back in the day, are all hand-drawn, are a far cry from modern times. These billboards from 50s and 60s remind us of the good old days. Yubari was one of the cities which flourished on the back of coal-mining, and there were 17 theaters in Yubari’s heyday. Now, Yubari holds an international movie festival every year. This street can give us a sense of when Yubari shined, and people enjoyed a day or night watching movies.

昭和新山 / Mt. Showa Shinzan


Mt. Showa Shinzan (Soubetsu Town) is an active volcano which has gained recognition as a special national treasure. As a record of the entire seismic and volcanic history of the mountain since its creation in 1944 has been recorded, it’s a rare volcano. In 1944, a part of a privately-owned field rose up. Within the space of only a year, it grew and grew, bigger and bigger, and became a mountain. In 1945, the activity stopped, with the mountain at its present height of 398 meters. The color of Mt. Showa Shinzan is red-brown, because the soil of the land was heated by the heat of lava. It’s like when red bricks are fired in a kiln.

西新山沼和舊國道230號線 / Nishi Shinzan Numa and the former route 230


Nishi Shinzan Numa and the former route 230 (Toyako Town) are examples of local infrastructure which sustained damage from the 2000 Mt. Usu eruption. These locations are now transforming into sightseeing spots. The eruption caused some areas of the land to either elevate or collapse. A part of route 230 caved-in and then turned into a big pond, after years of rainfall filled it up. This is Nishi Shinzan Numa. You can learn about the power of volcanic activity at this site. Nishi means western part, and shinzan stands for a new mountain.

洞爺湖有珠山地質公園 / Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark

洞爺湖有珠山地質公園是日本最初的地質公園,在20098月由Global Geoparks Network所登錄的。公園因火山活動所形成的地質和自然受到了評價。有建設好在大自然當中的健走行程(標註著提醒標誌),也有約20處的展示學習設施(博物館)。
Global Geoparks Network:是在UNESCO的支助下設立的國際組織。從地球科學的角度來登錄重要的地點。

Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark was the first geopark in Japan, as designated by Global Geoparks Network in August, 2009. The unique geological features created by volcanic activities and the surrounding nature were acknowledged to be worthy of reserve. There are well-managed walking trails, approximately 20 museums and information centers for the study of geoscience and/or geoheritage, and many outdoor sightseeing spots. 
The geopark spreads over Date City, Toyoura Town, Soubetsu Town and Toyako Town.
Global Geoparks Network is an international organization set up in 1998 with the assistance of UNESCO. They register important geoscientific sites around the world.


有珠山噴火紀念公園 / Mt. Usu Funka Memorial Park


Mt. Usu Funka Memorial Park (Toyako Town) was established in memory of the Mt. Usu eruption in 2000 (funka means eruption.) This eruption badly damaged local infrastructure such as roads and electricity, but there were fortunately no deaths. A lot of volcanic ash was used in the construction of the park. It faces Lake Toya and houses some sculptures in a quiet environment. The Moonlight (1991) by Igor Mitoraj, a well-known Polish artist, is the icon of this park. Sunbathing or picnicking are good ways to enjoy the park. Garbage must be taken away by visitors.

有珠山 / Mt. Usu


Mt. Usu stands 737 meters high at the southern end of Lake Toya. Despite it being a volcano, people can get very close to the summit. Visitors can look at the crater left from a previous eruption from an observation point. Lake Toya and Mt. Showa Shinzan can also be seen below. There are two ways to reach the summit area of Mt. Usu, either by walking up the trail or via the ropeway. The trail is free, and it takes approximately 90 minutes to ascend, and 60 minutes to return. Mt. Usu is enjoyable for mountain trekking beginners. The ropeway takes six minutes one-way.

紫藤花 / Wisteria flowers


Hokkaido Flower Information
Wisteria flowers
The best season for seeing wisteria flowers in Sapporo is between the end of May to the beginning of June. As wisteria is a climbing plant, sightseeing spots for wisteria are almost exclusively in parks. People can see trellises with beautiful wisteria flowers overhead. They create a green and purple ceiling which can block the strong sunlight. The remaining filtered sunlight seems to have mysterious curative properties. In Sapporo, Maeda Forest Park, Nakajima Park are famous for wisteria as well as Tenjinyama Green Space. At Maruseppu in Engaru Town on the Sea of Okhotsk, the biggest wisteria trellis in Hokkaido can be found. The peak season may be later there than in Sapporo.