As a matter of fact, Hokkaido is typically synonymous of snow festivals and warm beer, not to mention winter Olympics. However, in addition to all this, Hokkaido enjoys some pretty charming, though unknown, seaside spots. Many people see their attractiveness in their wild charisma, and they can be ideal for hiking, trekking or for observing nature in all its components, from landscapes to fauna. Others, on the other hand, are traditional weekend destinations for those looking for “beach life”, liveliness and services at all hours, and therefore attract a purely young clientele, but not only. Hokkaido, is the twenty-first largest island in the world, has six nature parks and more than sixty volcanoes Here are some of the most beautiful seaside spots in the prefecture of Hokkaido, to discover one by one in a picturesque way.
This place is not subject to any of the typical characteristics that can be attributed to the Japanese nation, making it, almost, a separate ecosystem.
Its cold and snowy climate, cool and dry in summer, makes it the perfect destination for winter sports enthusiasts and campers from all over the world. It also creates the terrain to witness spectacular events like the ice beach.
The ice beach
So beautiful and sparkling as to look like diamonds, the ice that creates on this beach attracts every year photography enthusiasts who go to immortalize the most interesting crystal shape.
When temperatures get colder, the waters at the mouth of the Tokachi River freeze and the waves of the sea break the ice into fragments, which are dragged onto the shoreline where the crystals remain shining in the sun.
This mountainous area is located in the most remote part of the country, just to the north-east of Hokkaido. It is the base of Japan’s biggest population of brown bears, and is not a traditional tourist beach location – yet what makes it so appealing is the wildlife and natural beauty of the area. There are tours available to show you the bear habitats and the famous Kamuiwakka Hot Falls.
Shakotan Peninsula, these beaches and cliffs overlook the harsh, rocky waters of the Sea of Japan. For diners with an adventurous pallet, this area is known for the fresh sea urchin.
It is a popular seaside resort, which has become very popular with Japanese and overseas travellers. According to a survey conducted by the prefecture of Hokkaido among foreign visitors a few years ago, Otaru was ranked first among the favourite places on the island.
This is also known as a place for the party. Otaru “Dream Beach” is located just 15 minutes by train from Sapporo station and is a popular place for young people and university students. Restaurants and beach bars offer a variety of affordable food and drink options, some of which stay open until early in the morning. If you like to stay in lively area while being able to save some money, this is the perfect spot for the cheapest holiday house in Hokkaido.
A small and remote unknown island that can be seen in the distance from the northern coast of Hokkaido: Rishiri Island is a place where the long and harsh winters have kept away mass tourism, thus managing to preserve an unspoiled environment full of wonders. This small sanctuary has a fascinating history and a charming location on top of a cliff that plunges into the sea. It is said to have been built in honour of the Buddhist deity Benten by the crew of a boat that during a cloudburst managed to land without colliding with the rocks. After passing the torii gate that marks the entrance there is a small red structure that stands on the peak of the cliff called “Rock of the Dragon God” by a popular legend that a dragon came down from the sky and disappeared into the rock.
Now that you have 5 spots by the seaside to visit in Hokkaido, don’t lose any time and pack your suitcase for your visit in Hokkaido before all the tourist discover the beauty of this island!