Best national parks in Hokkaido

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Explore the most popular national parks in Hokkaido with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (3)
#1 - Daisetsuzan National Park
Hokkaido, Japan
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Known to be the "roof of Hokkaido" and "the playground of the gods," Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) features peaceful alpine landscapes and tall mountains. It is also one of Japan's largest national parks. Daisetsuzan is home to a variety of active volcanoes and Hokkaido's tallest peak, Mount Asahidake. Ishikari River and Tokachi River, Hokkaido's longest rivers also originate from this park. Check out this park during autumn for breathtaking scenery. Additionally, Daisetsuzan has a large amount of biodiversity, such as rare alpine plant communities. This park also features a variety of hot spring resorts and has the longest snow/ski season.Show more
#2 - Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park
Hokkaido, Japan
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Located the northernmost in Japan, Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park (利尻礼文サロベツ国立公園) is known for the energic natural landscapes with mountains, flower fields, cliffs facing the sea, and coastal sand-dune. The national park is characterized by two islands, Rebun-to Island and Rishiri-to Island, formed by volcanic activity. The park's iconic mountain, Mount Rishiri is on the Rishiri-to Island and also a magnificent rocky cliff facing the beautiful sea. Known for its lovely alpine plants and vibrant flower fields, which attracts many tourists every year. The Sarobetsu Plain, a vast peatland formed in the Sarobetsu River basin, is a rich natural base for migratory birds such as waterfowl and bean geese to fly in spring and autumn. There are various natural attractions in the park! Looking for the trekking spot? Visit Cape Sukoton, which is located the farthest north of the islands. It is a starting point for a trek around Cape Gorota and Cape Sukai. Hike up to Mount Rishiri and enjoy the lovely alpine plants and the superb views over the ocean. Additionally, Hamaguchi Picnic Site is always welcoming individuals who want to have a great time at the marsh ablaze with Nuphar japonica.Show more
#3 - Shikotsu-Toya National Park
Hokkaido, Japan
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Shikotsu-Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園) is set in the southwestern part of Hokkaido, designated in 1949. As the park name indicated, the landmark two large caldera lakes - Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya, formed through volcanic activity, and various volcanoes are features. Volcanic activities create superb landscapes of numerous fumaroles at Jigokudani. The scenes of volcanic gasses and hot water splashing out from the fumaroles impress visitors. A variety of hot springs available there. Rich nature provides a variety of activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and camping. Visit Jozankei Area, Mount Yotei, and Hohei Gorge, where you can enjoy hiking while seeing magnificent landscapes. For camp lovers, several campsites (Makkari, Lake Toya, Lake Shikotsu) are available at each site. You can also enjoy great moments in the brilliant nature and excellent views of lakes and volcanos. Finally, hot springs! Noboribetsu Onsen, which Jigokudani locates in the area, Toyako Onsen, Shikotsuko Onsen, and more!!Show more