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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Adventure for children
Activities for kids include rafting, horse-back riding and hot-air ballooning.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Zoos / Aquariums
The most famous zoo in Hokkaido, it is located at Asahikawa (90 min train ride / 2 hour drive from Sapporo).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Niseko Ostrich Farm
If ostrich-feeding is your cup of tea, check out this Ostrich farm at Niseko.
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.