The land of the rising sun has long been an ideal dreaming destination for travelers in Asia. Japan has a multitude of beautiful places that each visitor can take quite a long time to discover all the beautiful places. One of them must mention Hokkaido, which is known as the tourist paradise of the country of Funeral. With a pleasantly cool climate, beautiful natural scenery captivating people, Hokkaido deserves to be an indispensable place in the journey to explore Japan of any tourist when having the opportunity to come here. Hokkaido is endowed with nature by countless miracles from cultural beauty to natural landscapes. So, don’t hesitate to take your kids to Hokkaido once to enjoy all the wonders of nature here. And to prepare for a perfect trip to the land with so many beautiful scenes, please refer to the list of 10 best things to do with kids in Hokkaido below. The list will help you spend less time with your plan and will have a perfect trip for your children.
Start your trip by relaxing with nature at the famous and luxurious Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Mori No Uta. Located in the beautiful Hokkaido forest, that why the name of the resort means “poem of the forest”. With top-of-the-line services, your family, especially your little ones, will have a day of complete relaxation, immerse yourself in the natural hot spring, and enjoy the fresh air of nature here. Besides, at the resort, the children can enjoy a buffet lunch with special Japanese food. What a great family experience in Hokkaido.
Japanese cuisine is always famous all over the world for its fresh and unique dishes. And of course, when you come to Hokkaido, you cannot miss a specialty here, these are fresh crabs. And surely, the attractive crab dish at Kani Honke will also conquer even the most fastidious customers, which are the little ones. And especially the dishes here will be arranged very delicately as a sumptuous party, creating a delicious feeling when eating. And take a souvenir photo at the giant crab icon outside the restaurant, make sure your little ones will be extremely excited.
Seeing the entire city from above is one of the must things to do when visiting and exploring new destinations. Therefore, take the children to the JR Tower Observation Deck T38 to be able to shrink the beautiful scenery of Hokkaido into their eyes. Here, the children can also see the famous beautiful mountains such as mountains Yubaridake and Ashibetsudake. And if you come here to visit at night, you will admire the skyline of central Sapporo is illuminated in all directions. This will be an unforgettable experience for your little ones in Hokkaido.
If Paris has the Eiffel Tower, here, in Hokkaido also has the Sapporo TV Tower. And you should arrange an evening time to travel to this tower with the children because it will have the best viewing point for incredible unrestricted views of the Sea of Japan and Ishikari Heigen with the night lights. It takes only 60 seconds to take the elevator from the 3rd floor to the observatory 90.38m above the ground will give you a view of Sapporo from above. The tower is located in the wonderful Ishikari, far away is the Sea of Japan and Odori Park where the four seasons of flowers bloom, this experience is definitely not to be missed when in Hokkaido – the largest and most vibrant city.
Traveling to Hokkaido, make sure you can not miss things that take a ride on Usuzan Ropeway, up to the UNESCO Global Geopark to visit the active volcano, to watch the magnificent 737m tall Usu volcano located at the south of Lake Toya in Hokkaido. Mount Usu is a volcano that has erupted four times in the past 100 years. And the most recent eruption occurred in 2000. Sitting in the cable car, the children will admire the vast and vast scenery of the volcano as being zoomed in the eyes of children.
Asahiyama Zoo, one of the most outstanding zoos in this beautiful island of Hokkaido will definitely be a favorite place for children in this exciting adventure. Here, the kids will see majestic polar bears, wolves, big cats, apes, and many more inside, and don’t miss the opportunity to walk through the glass tunnel of the penguin pool and watch the cute little birds dancing in the water. And it’s convenient to have an energetic traditional Japanese lunch at Kamifurano Herb Hill. Once you’ve replenished by your lunch, take the kids to the beautiful Shirogane Blue Pond to admire the unique blue waters and then soon head to Shirahige Falls. You can relax and explore on your own way at New Furano Prince Hotel before the end of your tour.
In Hokkaido, there are two most famous lakes: Lake Shikotsu and Lake Toya. And of course, this is one of the great places to discover the beautiful nature of this island. First, you will come to Lake Shikotsu, with magnificent clear water. Crater-shaped lake formed over 40,000 years through volcanic activity. This will be extremely useful knowledge about nature for children to visit the lake. Afterward, you will have lunch at a restaurant next to the second lake, Lake Toya. It will be an unforgettable experience for the family.
According to ancient history, Otaru is the economic development center of Hokkaido, a bustling and prosperous city that attracts many people to come and look for opportunities for themselves. Now, Otaru still attracts so many people because of the beauty, serenity, the tranquility and become an interesting destination for those who like nostalgia. Strolling along the river, watching the light-up roads in Otaru city or taking a rickshaw tour, enjoying famous dishes here, immersing in nature will help you and your children feel comfortable and peaceful. One of the places not to be missed when arriving in Otaru is the Otaru Canal. And if you’re lucky enough to come here at sunset, the surrounding gas lights come on, creating an unbelievably romantic scene in Otaru. See the fantastical streets illuminated by candles, take a boat on Canal, walk under the red brick houses … is all the most romantic that Otaru has brought to every visitor here so that they have to remember forever this nostalgic city. So don’t be hesitate to come here with your beloved kids to find a peaceful, romantic day in this beautiful old city.
Crab is the dish that you cannot ignore when to Hokkaido. Take your kids to visit the Hokkaido branch of Sapporo Kaniya Honten and be treated to the cuisine of over 40 years in the making. With a diverse cuisine, you will enjoy elaborately prepared crabs and make a variety of dishes such as sushi, raw sashimi, in tofu, shao mai and more. From the first dish to the last, you’ll never get tired of trying the hero ingredient served in a variety of ways. And certainly, these delicious dishes will conquer the fussiest diners, your little friends.
And of course, checking in Ropeway and Sled for Tenguyama in Otaru will be a must-do with your kids when traveling to Hokkaido. The children will reach the sky by cable car up Mount Tengu, a 535-meter high mountain rising east of Otaru. This mountain has spectacular views of Ishikari Bay and the Shakotan Peninsula, especially at night. This place also has a ski museum of all sorts of items related to Tengu, the mythical creature on which the mountain is named. Here, your little friends will feel truly standing on top of the world, a feeling that is hardly anywhere else.
“Weather” greatly affects the memories of each trip. Hokkaido – the northernmost province of the Japanese archipelago – features a winter climate. The average annual temperature in Sapporo – the main city in Hokkaido is 8.9 ℃, the highest temperature in August is 26.4 ℃, the lowest temperature in January is -7.0 ℃. If in Hokkaido in the middle of winter you will have to deal with the snow and the extreme cold so from the temperature index you can also understand when traveling in Hokkaido in the cold season will not be able to lack thick coats keep heat and slip-resistant snow boots. And with this special climate in Hokkaido, when traveling with your little friends, you should carefully prepare costumes to have a fun, comfortable and healthy journey.