Things to do in Hokkaido Prefecture

Activities, attractions and tours
Nijo Market which includes food

Hokkaido Attractions

If you're ready to discover the best of Hokkaido, join a few of the top tours & day trips on offer, and have an expert show you the most popular tourist attractions. Offering free cancellations and no added fees, our top { fun activities in Hokkaido fun activities in Hokkaido} are also worth browsing through.

Top things to do in Hokkaido Prefecture

Hokkaido Prefecture must see attractions

1. Odori Park

On an action-packed visit to Sapporo, Odori Park is both a destination and a space for relaxation. Stretched out over 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) or 12 city blocks down the center of the city, the park separates the northern administrative districts from the southern, residential and commercial districts. Stop here for a picnic lunch amid its 92 types of trees while visiting the city or come for one of the many festivals that set up on the plazas any time of the year. The famous Sapporo Snow Festival is one popular example.
Learn more
Sapporo’s main thoroughfare has been transformed into a long municipal park, also the city’s premier venue for festivals throughout the year.

2. Rusutsu Resort

Whether you are a beginner, an expert skier looking for fresh challenges or somewhere in between, Rusutsu Resort has it covered. Indulge in some of the best tree-skiing in Japan and participate in a range of snow-based activities, including snow rafting, horseback riding and dog sledding.
Learn more
Visit a fabulous winter playground with miles of skiable trails for all levels and lots of snow-based fun away from the slopes.

3. Sapporo Dome

Though the Sapporo Dome is best known as the home ground of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and the soccer team Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, it is a tourist destination in its own right. Perfect for sports fans of all kinds and featuring the world’s first “hovering” soccer field, it is full of activities even on days when concerts or sports games are not taking place. Take a tour of the stadium, jog through the nearby grounds or go up to the observation deck and look out onto the rolling nearby hills.
Learn more
Watch the excitement of baseball and soccer games, shop, eat or climb to an observation deck for panoramic views of Sapporo and its surroundings.

4. Otaru Canal

Find out about the history of Otaru when you spend time at Otaru Canal. Visit the shops in this walkable area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.
Learn more
Find out about the history of Otaru when you spend time at Otaru Canal. Visit the shops in this walkable area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

5. Hokkaido University

Go on a self-guided tour of Hokkaido University and glimpse the daily activities of the city’s higher education students. Hokkaido University is famous for its leafy gardens and buildings that showcase varying architectural styles. Visit the campus museum to see collections that honor everything from a university founder, to Nobel laureates and natural science exhibits.
Learn more
Enjoy a day in the life of Sapporo’s university students and professors while wandering the tree-lined avenues and riverfront walks of this elegant campus.

What to do in Hokkaido Prefecture

Free Things to Do in Hokkaido

Vacationing in Hokkaido on a budget? The following can be experienced for zip.

Hokkaido University Museum - Take the entire family and set out on a fascinating adventure through history together.

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building - Stroll around this historic site and discover some secrets from long ago.

JR Sapporo Hospital - Strike up a conversation with a few locals and discover why many travelers swing by this place.

Toyokawa Inari Sapporo Betsuin - Whatever your religious leanings, this place will inspire a sense of reverence.

Mount Moiwa - Unwind and let nature's rugged beauty ease your soul.

Hokkaido University Botanic Garden - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some snacks and find a comfortable spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Things to Do in Hokkaido with Kids

If you're excited to make new family memories in Hokkaido, we've got a few ideas. Round up the gang and sign up for these interesting family friendly experiences:


Looking for sports, concerts, or theater events in Hokkaido Prefecture? Search event tickets to see what's happening today, or to plan what to do this weekend!



Read travel guides and advice on visiting Hokkaido Prefecture

Frequently asked questions

Popular places to visit in Hokkaido Prefecture

Day trip destinations from Hokkaido Prefecture