Central Hokkaido (Douou) is the central area of Hokkaido including Sapporo city. Central Hokkaido is vast and includes popular tourist destinations such as Noboribetsu, Tomakomai, Shinchitose, Yubari, as well as numerous other cities. New Chitose Airport, the air gateway to Hokkaido is located in Shinchitose (New Chitose).
Popular destinations include Noboribetsu Onsen hot spring at Noboribetsu, Rusutsu, famous for its ski resort, and areas rich in nature such as Lake Shikotsuko and Lake Touyako. Visitors can also interact with animals at the Tomakomai Northern Horse Park.
Use a car or train to travel within the Central Hokkaido area. However, there are some areas which are not accessible by train, thus, the use of a car is convenient. From New Chitose Airport, there are busses that run to each of the major areas.