One of the reasons Hokkaido is so loved by travelers from all over the world is the fact that Japan’s northernmost island boasts some of the best powder snow pistes in the world. Those who love should have a ski trip to Hokkaido high on their bucket list! Here is your Hokkaido travel guide
In Japan, beer originated from Hokkaido and Sapporo is Japan’s oldest beer brand, founded and brewed in 1876. Located in a beautiful old red brick brewery from the early Meiji period, the Sapporo Beer Museum and Sapporo Biergarten are two must-see places in Sapporo.
Kawayu Onsen is a resort of hot springs in the middle of Akan National Park in Hokkaido. It is a good place to stay if you want to discover the natural bounty of the surrounding park.
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. The Moerenuma Park was designed by the world-famous sculptor Isamu Noguchi.
The area around Noboribetsu is best known for its mineral-rich hot spring area, but there are other attractions in the region as well. Learn more about this attractive part of Hokkaido.
Niseko is located a two-hour drive away from Hokkaido’s main airport New Chitose, and it is a much-loved destination for winter sports from late November until early May.
Asahikawa is the second-largest city in Hokkaido. Early February each year the Ashikawa Winter Festival is held here, but there are more reasons to visit this cool city.
Nemuro, a small provincial city of 31,000 people, is the easternmost city in Japan. But Nemuro’s main attraction is the nature around it: the lush forests, lakes, marshes and swamps, and the beautiful coastal scenery.
The Akan Mashu area was formed by volcanic activity around 6000 years ago. Akan Mashu National Park is especially known for its 3 beautiful lakes; Lake Akan, Lake Mashu, and Lake Kussharo.
Kushiro is the largest city on the sparsely-populated eastern side of Hokkaido. The area is a treasure trove for those who love nature and gourmet food.
Shiretoko in Hokkaido is a real nature paradise. You can enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, an ice breaker boat, and a drift ice walk. Birding in winter is also a special experience.
The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an open-air museum in Sapporo with buildings from the Meiji and Taisho periods, during which Hokkaido developed rapidly.
Hakodate is well-loved by domestic tourists but often overlooked by foreign tourists which makes it a hidden gem. If you like green cities surrounded by beautiful nature, then Hakodate is a great place to visit.
Furano and Biei are located next to each other and are usually visited in one trip. Most people discover the area on a 4-5 day summer trip, and marvel at the colorful beauty of all the flowers.
Otaru makes for a great day trip from Sapporo, or a nice stop along the way for those traveling to ski resort Niseko. The glassworks shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and shops are located in traditional buildings.