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Attractions for Muroran Shore Excursions

Muroran – the mainland of Hokkaido – is an industrial and historical city. Not only famous for oil refineries, cement factories, and steel mills, this province also has various attractions to hop on a perfect shore excursion.

Jigokudani - Hell Valley

Can be considered as an essential part of Muroran shore excursions, Jigokudani is a spectacular valley with many things to see inside such as hot steam vents, sulfurous streams, hot spring water, and various other volcanic practices. Trekking through the walking trails to the wooded hills, then stop at the 50-degree-Celsius sulfurous pond to get the closer look at the activity of a volcano. The best time to visit Jigokudani is in autumn when the weather is not too cool and the place is covered with red and yellow maple trees.

Tanuki-koji Shopping Arcade Sapporo

This roofed souvenir paradise has the length of 1 kilometer lined up by 200 shops that can be missed in any Sapporo and Muroran shore excursion. In there, you can find various second-hand shops, vintage clothing stores, and food stalls. The arcade is the heaven for not only young locals but also foreigners. Everything you need is in here. This place has many made-up names including the City of Ramen, Second-hand paradise, Food heaven, and Unlimited Sapporo due to its features are all revealed through the exact meaning of each name. Soak in the bustling atmosphere of Tanuki-koji and find what you love here.

Sapporo Snow Festival

Muroran shore excursions cannot miss a visit to many cultural sites. Right to the name, the Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the most important winter events held in Sapporo but famous in the whole country of Japan. The festival is divided into three sites: Odori Site – the main site - exhibits the large snow sculptures and smaller snow statues, Susukino Site displays about 100 small ice sculptures, Tsu Dome Site – the family-oriented site – has snow slides, snow rafting, and more snow sculptures.

Lake Toya

In spring of Muroran shore excursions, you can admire full-blooming cherry blossom, dotted with wildflowers having no name. In summer, blue clean sky combines with lush green mountain below, together create a picturesque scene. Move to autumn – the season of deciduous trees, the area is covered by red and yellow tones with burning maple trees and the red fruits of Rowan. The last season of the year is also the coldest one, the mountain has a thick overlay of snow with everything turning serenity white and frozen. Then head to Silo Observatory probably one of the best places to view Lake Toya area. The panoramic view is breathtaking with the splendor mountain under the blue sky and wandering white clouds. You can get some souvenirs and local gifts on the first floor, then enjoy a break in the restaurant in the second one.

Sapporo Beer Museum

Well-known for the birthplace of beer in Japan, Muroran shore excursions to Sapporo Beer Museum will provide a closer look at beer making process and history. The museum, which has the age of over 30 years, exhibits many kinds of Sapporo beer from the old to the present days. After a stroll along the museum watching exhibits and items, sample some delicious glasses of Sapporo beer right in the museum with a small fee. Nearby, the Sapporo Beer Garden is home to some restaurants where you can taste the savory BBQ grilled meat with beer.

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

Right to the name, the building served as the former government office in the island of Hokkaido. Known as the Red Bricks Building, this place is the symbol of not only Muroran city but also the whole Hokkaido province. Famous for the neo-baroque architecture dated back to the 19th century, the building has priceless details including the warped glass and heat-retaining double doors with an ornamental frame exude functional beauty.