3. Shikaribetsu LakePhoto: pinterest.com
Located 810 meters above sea level, near the town of Shikaoi, this is the highest altitude lake in Hokkaido. During the winter months, there is an event that happens here that is truly unique. The people come together to make the Shikaribetsu Lake Village that has ice houses and an open-air hot spring… made entirely out of ice! Concerts, weddings, and much more happen inside these igloos that pop up almost overnight.
If you do not make it for the Shikaribetsu Lake Village event, the location is still miraculous throughout the warmer months too. The mountains ringing the lake kiss the sky, and the blue of the water is so deep and clear, it is surreal.