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If you are bringing your kids with you to Hokkaido in Summer, and they get bored of looking at flowers and nature and sitting around waiting for you to eat your sushi and sashimi (which they can’t eat), here are some places in Hokkaido that I have found where kids can come out to play!

Play in Sapporo

Takino Suzuran Hillside Park
When the weather is good, you can probably spend a whole day here with your kids, letting them play at the various play areas and exploring the nature as well.

>> Click here to read about my visit to Takino Suzuran Hillside Park <<

One of the MANY play areas for kids at Takino Suzuran Hillside Park.

 

Sapporo Satoland
An agricultural-themed recreational park with numerous hands-on experiences for kids and other facilities such as mini train rides and bicycles for rent.

Round 1 Stadium Sapporo Kita 1 Shop (Spo-Cha)
Entertainment complex filled with activities for kids of all ages.

Sapporo Dome Kids Park
If you are visiting the Sapporo Dome, allocate some time to let your kids unwind at the Kids Park there.

Fantasy Kids Resort
An indoor playground located near Shinsapporo station.

Kids-Friendly Shopping Centres

Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima (near Sapporo)
If you are headed to this outlet park for a whole day of shopping galore, there is a play areas there right smack in the middle of the food court.  So you know you are saved when the kids get cranky from following you around on your shopping.  They also have stroller rental service and nursing rooms… Awesome.

>>  Click here to read about my visit to Mitsui Outlet Park <<

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Play area in the middle of the food court at Mitsui Outlet Park.

 

Ario Sapporo
Ario Sapporo is the large shopping complex located next to Sapporo Beer Museum.  It has many kids-friendly facilities, as well as an indoor playground at the Spa-Leisure complex.  So after you have dragged your kids through the Sapporo Beer Museum and had your fill of freshly-brewed Sapporo beer, you know you can hop over to Ario and let the kids have some fun.

>>  Click  here to read about my visit to ARIO Sapporo <<

FREE kids-friendly shopping carts to use at ARIO.

FREE kids-friendly shopping carts to use at ARIO.

 

New Chitose Airport Mall
This airport is not simply a place for you to get on and off your flights – it’s a destination in itself! Other than the fact that most famous confectionary shops in Hokkaido have a outlet at this airport (meaning you can spend all day eating and buying all the famous Hokkaido snacks), there are many attractions here to keep kids occupied!

>> Click here for 10 Activities for Kids at New Chitose Airport <<

Doraemon Waku Waku Skypark is just one of the many many places to keep kids entertained at New Chitose Airport.

 

Chitose Rera Outlet (Near New Chitose Airport)
Chitose Rera Outlet has many shops selling kids stuff and both indoor and outdoor play areas to let kids run loose!

>> Click here to read about my visit to Chitose Rera Oulet <<

Indoor Kids Playroom at Chitose Rera Outlet - Free to use!

Indoor Kids Playroom at Chitose Rera Outlet – Free to use!

 

Red Brick Warehouse District (Hakodate)
Inside Red Brick Warehouse District, you will find Brick Labo located near to the information counter (same building as Snaffles) where the kids can have some Lego / Duplo fun – free of charge!

>>  Click here to read about my visit to Red Brick Warehouse District <<

Enjoy free Lego / Duplo fun at Red Brick Warehouse District in Hakodate.

Enjoy free Lego / Duplo fun at Red Brick Warehouse District in Hakodate.

 

Adventure for children

Rusutsu Resort
Activities for kids include rafting, horse-back riding and hot-air ballooning.

Niseko Village
Niseko is a world-renowned ski resort, but in summer, it turns into a place for adventure.  Niseko Village’s Nature Playground ‘Pure’ definitely looks like an interesting place to bring your kids if you are in the vicinity during summer months.

Furano Alpine Visitor Centre
If you are in Furano and your kids are screaming ‘enough of flowers already!’, take a break and go rafting or hot-air ballooning.

Tomamu Hoshino Resort
Hoshino Resort at Tomamu offers a host of activities for kids in summer, ranging from nature activities to craft activities to sports programmes, river programmes and hot-air ballooning.  A major attraction of Tomamu Hoshino Resort in summer is its Unkai Terrace, where you can take a gondola to the top of the mountain to witness a sea of clouds!

>> Click here to read about our visit to Hoshino Resort Tomamu <<

Admire the sea of clouds from Unkai Terrace at Hoshino Resort Tomamu.

Admire the sea of clouds from Unkai Terrace at Hoshino Resort Tomamu.

 

Amusement Parks / Public Parks

Rusutsu Resort Amusement Park
Probably the most popular amusement park in Hokkaido (there aren’t that many), it is located near Lake Toya / Niseko.

Hokkaido Greenland Amusement Park
45 minutes drive from Sapporo, it is a good place to break up the drive from Sapporo to Furano / Asahikawa.

Round 1 Stadium (Asahikawa / Hakodate)
Entertainment complex filled with activities for kids of all ages.

Hakodate Park Kodomo No Kuni
A small retro amusement park in Hakodate, you can drop by if you have spare time in Hakodate.  Entry if free, you only pay for the rides.  There are cherry blossom trees around, making it a popular place to bring the kids when the flowers are in bloom.

Shukutsu Marine Land (Otaru)
Located just outside the Otaru Aquarium, entry to the amusement park is free, you only pay for the rides.

Toya Sun Palace Pool
The siwmming pool at Toya Sun Palace, located along the southern shore of Lake Toya, is more like a water amusement park with its huge slides!

>> Click here to read about my visit to Toya Sun Palace <<

Huge slides at the swimming pool of Toya Sun Palace.

Huge slides at the swimming pool of Toya Sun Palace.

 

Hokkaido Kodomo no Kuni
Okay, this is more like a playground than an amusement park.  If your kids get bored during the long car ride from Sapporo to Furano / Asahikawa, this is a convenient place to take a place to take a break if you do not wish to fork out the admission fee for Hokkaido Greenland Amusement Park.  It is located at SA Sunagawa (a rest stop midway between Sapporo and Furano / Asahikawa where almost all tour buses stop). There are some playgrounds there for the kids to loosen up.

Funkawan Panorama Park
If you are driving from Sapporo to Hakodate with the kids, Funkawan Panorama Park is the perfect place for a rest break! You do not need to get off the expressway, just pull over at Parking Area (PA) Yakumo.  From there, you will first see the indoor play area for kids – totally free of charge! If you exit to the back of the building, you will see the expansive park with numerous outdoor activities for the kids!

>> Click here to read about my visit to Funkawan Panorama Park <<

Indoor play area for kids at PA Yakumo

Indoor play area for babies and toddlers at PA Yakumo

Indoor play area for older kids at PA Yakumo

Indoor play area for older kids at PA Yakumo

 

Zoos / Aquariums

Asahiyama Zoo
The most famous zoo in Hokkaido, it is located at Asahikawa (90 min train ride / 2 hour drive from Sapporo).

>> Click here to read about my visit to Asahiyama Zoo <<

Get up close and personal with the animals at Asahiyama Zoo.

Get up close and personal with the animals at Asahiyama Zoo.

 

Maruyama Zoo
Conveniently located in Sapporo city and accessible by subway, making it the second most popular zoo in Hokkaido.

North Safari Sapporo
An alternative to Maruyama Zoo, especially if you are driving, this is a 30min drive from Sapporo city centre.

Noboribetsu Marine Park NIXE
Penguin parades are a famous part of Asahiyama zoo, but it only takes place there in Winter.  At Noboribetsu Marine Park NIXE, they have penguin parades all year round!  You can easily do this as a side trip from Sapporo because it is located near Noboribetsu station which is a 70 min train ride from Sapporo.

>>  Click here to read about my visit to Nixe Aquarium <<

The aquarium at NIXE is housed in a castle-like building.

The aquarium at NIXE is housed in a castle-like building.

 

Noboribetsu Bear Park
I’m not sure why this place is in most Singapore packaged tours to Hokkaido. Personally I find this bear park pretty depressing and I would never go there.  But if your kids wanna see bears and you think it’s too dangerous to go seeking bears in the wilderness of Hokkaido (yes, there are free-roaming bears in Hokkaido), then here you go.

Sahoro Resort Bear Mountain
A much better alternative to the Noboribetsu Bear Park, it is sort of a safari for bears.

Otaru Aquarium
If you want to keep your kids away from the highly fragile (and expensive) glass handicraft and music boxes of Otaru, head to Otaru Aquarium instead.  There is even an amusement park outside the aquarium.

Kushiro Zoo
Zoo located at Kushiro in Eastern Hokkaido.

Kushiro Tancho Nature Reserve
If you are looking for some Japanese cranes, you are unlikely to spot them roaming around in the wild in Summer.  Head to this reserve near Kushiro instead.

>> Click here to read about my visit to the Tancho reserve <<

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Niseko Ostrich Farm
If ostrich-feeding is your cup of tea, check out this Ostrich farm at Niseko.

 

Fruit Picking

Yamamoto Fruit Orchard
Located in Yoichi town near Otaru, you can pick different seasonal fruits from June to early November.

Yokoyama Fruit Farm
Located near Abashiri, you can pick different seasonal fruits from June to early November.

Ohashi Cherry Farm
Located near Furano, you can pick cherries here when they are in season (July and August).

Sobetsu Fruit Village
Located in Sobetsu town near Lake Toya, you can pick different types of fruits from late July to October.

>>  Click here to read about my visit to Sobetsu Fruit Village <<

Kids can enjoy fruits picking at Sobetsu Fruit Village as early as June.

Kids can enjoy fruits picking at Sobetsu Fruit Village as early as June.

 

Posts of my trips to Hokkaido with the kids:

Hokkaido in Autumn (October 2013)
Part 1: Flight, Hotel Mercure Sapporo, Toyota Rent-A-Car Sapporo
Part 2: Itinerary (with telephone numbers and GPS Map Codes)

Hokkaido in Summer (June 2014)
Part 1: Chitose, Lake Toya, Hakodate, Niseko, Otaru
Part 2: Sapporo
Part 3: Furano, Biei, Tomamu, Obihiro, New Chitose Airport

Hokkaido in Winter (December 2014)
Part 1:  Sapporo
Part 2: Asahikawa, Lake Akan, Lake Mashu, Iozan, Lake Kussharo
Part 3: Kushiro, Obihiro, Tomamu
Part 4: Chitose, Lake Shikotsu, Niseko, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, Rusutsu
Part 5: Sapporo, Otaru, New Chitose Airport


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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.

6Comments

  1. Rebecca says:

    Hi bumblebee mum,

    The websites are all in Japanese. Is there an English version?

  2. Shalene says:

    Hi Mummy,
    Thanks for sharing your experience at Hakkaido. It is so informative for me to plan my upcoming trip.

    I’m planning to go in July. Right now still planning. Knowing that you travel to Hakkaido often, would like to check with you something.

    Have u heard of this car rental company in Hakkaido – Kakuyasu Rent-A-Car Hakkaido company? This company car rental quotation and To Coo price varies about 10,000 yen for a similar car.

    That time, when u rent a car To Coo, you pick up the car directly from Airport or you have to take a shuttle to another place to pick up the car?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I have never used Kakuyasu Rent-A-Car. I haven’t used Tocoo for a long time because they have some additional fees and compulsory insurances that I don’t like. My reader recommended me to use Tabirai instead. But in general, Kakuyasu, Tabirai and Tocoo are all just booking sites for rental cars, like Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com are booking sites for hotels. If the same car from the same car rental company goes cheaper on Kakuyasu than Tocoo, I would probably book through Kakuyasu.

      Regardless of which booking platform you choose (Tocoo, Kakuyasu, Tabirai), you still liaise with the car rental company with regards to pick up and drop off of the car. And as far as I know, all the car rental companies require you to take a shuttle bus to their nearest office from CTS. There is no car rental company that allows you to drive off from CTS directly.

      • Shalene says:

        Thanks for your reply.
        For Kakuyasu Rent-A-Car, charge me 62,000 yen while To Coo charge about 76,000 yen for the type of car I’m planning to rent.

        But for Kakuyasu Car rental company, they need me to pay now if want to confirm the booking. Is this normal in Japan?

        I have not been to Hokkaido before so i wouldnt want to have issue later on any unhappiness situation.

        • bumblebeemum says:

          It is not really the norm to charge at the point on booking in Japan, but it is also not uncommon for third party booking sites to do so. The problem with charging at the point of booking is that, even if they have a free cancellation policy, when you cancel later on, you may still end up losing the exchange rate difference since the transactions are all in Japanese yen. So you need to be prepared for that. I guess if you are sure that you won’t cancel / ammend your booking anymore, you can go ahead and book with Kakuyasu.

          My most recent booking was done through Rakuten and they didn’t charge my card during booking. I paid for the car rental to the car rental company when I collected my car. It’s a Japanese website though. They have an English website too, but I have always used their Japanese website because there are more companies listed on the Japanese website. I wouldn’t really recommend renting from Japanese websites if you don’t speak Japanese and have never rented a car from Japan before. You can try their English website to see if they require you to pay anything upon booking?
          http://travel.rakuten.com/cars/

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