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Eco Assets in Hokkaido

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Hokkaido is situated in the far northern part of Japan where the summers are refreshing and humidity-free and the winters provide excellent skiing and the opportunity to witness the drift ice. Eco tours are available for places such as Shiretoko, registered as a World Natural Heritage Site, so you can experience first-hand the ecological system in which innumerable precious animals and plants exist. The 2008 "G8 Summit", hosted by Japan, was held in July in Lake Toya-ko, Hokkaido. The beautiful scenery of this area provided a perfect backdrop for world leaders to discuss harmonious coexistence with nature. In this guide, the major sightseeing points of Hokkaido are introduced from an ecological perspective.

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[Digital Map 50m Grid (Elevation) provided by the GSI of Japan]

Airports in Hokkaido


Wind turbines Wetlands Bird-watching Ainu culture Cape Notoro, Futatsu-iwa-kaigan Coast Train 'Ryuhyo Norokko' Ice-breaker cruiser 'Aurora' / Ice-breaker cruiser 'Garinko II' / Okhotsk Tower, Icy Ocean Observation Tower Sounkyo Gorge Daisetsu-zan Mountains Drift ice walk Lake Akan-ko