Great Cruises–Scenic Sites worth Seeing in Sapporo

Planning a trip with Princess Cruises to Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan? You can look forward to finding yourself in a serene and unspoiled environs of Hokkaido (an island), home to the beautiful city of Sapporo. Here, urbanism is fringed by hot springs, dense forests, active volcanoes and picturesque lakes tucked in calderas. Read on for a peep into some of stunning destinations that are on the cards for you in Sapporo.

Historical Village

If you desire to travel back in time and go back to the frontier period of the history of Japan, then you would love to discover the attractions in store for you in the ‘Historical Village’. Located in Hokkaido, this village can be easily accessed through the quaint old Sapporo Station building. Once there, you will be introduced to a village like country lifestyle dating back to the
Meiji and Taisho era -that spanned from 1868 to 1926. Remember to take time out to board the intriguing village’s horse-drawn trolley, which ferries you down the main street-past wood and stone crafted buildings so characteristic of the 19th century. (image by Sheraton Hotels and Resorts)

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Oft referred to as Hell Valley, this otherworldly area situated just outside of Sapporo is a must-see destination in the region.  Jigokundani boasts of landscapes marked by a yellowish gray volcanic gas that oozes out from the top of rocks littered on the ground, and gifts the area with a strong and suffocating smell of sulfur. This valley is tucked in the 450-meter diameter opening of a volcano and bursts forth over 3,000 liters of hot water, each minute!

Lake Toya

Volcanic sites are galore and Japan and provide ample opportunities to tourists visiting the nation. Head for the wondrous shorelines of Lake Toya-situated in the famous Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Measuring more than 25 miles in circumference, this is indeed the largest lake of its kinds in Japan. This water body was created by the diversion of lava flow from the proximate active volcano, Mount Usu, into the dips of a stream close by. Usu ranks high in the list of most active volcanoes , with the last eruption taking place in the year 2000.

Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura

Before getting off from your luxury cruise, you may like to spend some time reading about the historical significance and thrilling live performances of Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura. This famous historical theme park in Sapporo allows guests to experience lots of activities, traditional Japanese games,   outdoor/ indoor theaters, exciting street performances and a lot more -as they take a tour of the park grounds. Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura represents the Edo period of Japanese history, arguably the most exciting period for history buffs.

Noboribetsu Onsen

If you are tired of urban pleasures and are looking towards a soothing day of relaxation, then proceed towards the tranquil terrains of Noboribetsu Onsen. Located deep inside the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the mineral-rich hot springs are likely to transcend you to another world of natural delights. You can choose from nine different types of water– ranging from those full of salt and iron to hydrogen sulfide(image by sianjong_jhs)

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