Hokkaido offers many boating opportunities at the plentiful lakes, rivers and coastlines that bless the island. The boat rides at Lake Toya, Lake Shikotsu, Lake Onuma and Lake Akan are a relaxing way to take in spectacular volcanic scenery. Nature cruises at the Sea of Okhotsk and Tsugaru Strait are remarkable for their wildlife viewing, and can include dolphin and whale-watching, birding and more. There are also charter services available for private tours around remote coastline regions.
Nature & Wildlife Cruises
With the abundant marine life of the Sea of Okhotsk, wildlife enthusiasts come to Hokkaido with great hope of spotting dolphins, killer whales, all manners of birds, seals and sea otters. It is possible to see these marine creatures from the beginning of May to November.
Top locations for springtime nature and wildlife cruises are in eastern Hokkaido, specifically Abashiri, Rausu and Nemuro, which offer 30 minute to half-day boating excursions to see local marine wildlife.
Volcanic Lake Cruises
There are many wonderful volcanic lakes in Hokkaido, the largest of which offer scenic ferry cruises from 30 to 80 minutes in duration. See the gorgeous mountainous and volcanic scenery from the comfort of a sightseeing boat.
Popular volcanic lakes for cruises are Lake Toya, Lake Shikotsu, Lake Onuma and Lake Akan.
Charter Boat Excursions
Chartering a vessel is a great way to explore remote coastline areas and gain access to unique fishing grounds. Popular destinations include Shakotan Peninsula and the Sea of Japan coast for fishing tours. Sunset cruises in the Ishikari Bay are a memorable way to end a magical Hokkaido day.
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