Hokkaido

Situated at the northern most end of Japan, Hokkaido offers a vast array of seasonal activities for local and international visitors year round. Known for its wide open spaces, natural beauty and high quality fresh produce locally, and for perfect powder snow internationally, the island of Hokkaido offers something for visitors of any age who love the outdoors. The capital of the region, Sapporo, is home to around 2 million people and provides all of the excitement and buzz of any other large Japanese city, while being on the doorstep of some of the best ski fields and naturally beautiful locations in the country. 

Stepping away from the urban areas of Sapporo, Hokkaido offers vast open fields which grow what is regarded as some of the best produce in Japan. From vegetables and dairy products, the quality of the produce which comes out of Hokkaido is renowned across the nation as being of the highest quality due to the fertile volcanic soil and cooler climate. The farms and forests of the region provide the backdrop for many outdoor spring and summer activities such as cycling, hiking and camping.

In winter, Hokkaido is transformed into a white landscape as it records some of the coldest temperatures and heaviest snowfall in all of Japan. Opportunities for snowboarding, skiing and other winter sports are plentiful in resorts like Niseko and Furano, while a visit to the northern coast of Hokkaido, near Abashiri, allows you to step out on to the passing natural phenomena of floating sea ice. 

Hokkaido is also home to a variety of exciting and lively festivals that occur all year, from the Sapporo Snow Festival held in February to the Yosakoi Soran Festival which take place in June, the locals of Hokkaido offer hundreds of big and small festivals and a diverse range of community and cultural experiences to witness.  

Connected to the main island of Japan, Honshu, by air, sea and also the undersea Seikan rail tunnel, it means that accessing Hokkaido is within easy reach for anyone who visits Japan. With so much on offer, it is hard to think of a reason not take some time to venture to a part of Japan which has a long history of being a year round holiday destination for many Japanese.

Hokkaido is an internationally popular tourist destination as it has cool summer with pleasant weather and cold winter with lots of power snow best for skiing. Niseko, a popular ski resort 2 hours driver from Sapporo, welcomes 1.6 million people combining both summer and winter tourists. Now international direct flights connect Hokkaido with neighboring Asian countries from Korea to Thailand, more people enjoy the rich nature and food of this northern island, throughout four seasons.

 

Highlight

  • Snow Festival (Sapporo)
  • Lavender field (Furano)
  • Canal cruise (Otaru)
  • Ryuhyo Walking Tour (Shiretoko)  *Ryuhyo =  Ice floe
  • Ski (Niseko)