Hokkaido

About Hokkaido

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves majestic forests, clear blue lakes, pillowy powder snow, and amazing, farm-fresh food, Hokkaido is an absolute dream. In summer, the relatively cool weather is perfect for exploring its stunning natural beauty, while winter transforms it into a snowboarding and skiing paradise. If you’re lucky enough to be there in early February, don’t miss the annual Sapporo Snow Festival and its gravity-defying ice sculptures of everything from Doraemon to Darth Vader.

As Japan's largest producer of meat, dairy and produce, Hokkaido also boasts some of the country’s most scrumptious cuisine. The list of must-eats include king crabs, Sapporo ramen and soup curry, a hearty dish of braised chicken and a bounty of fresh local vegetables in a fragrant, spicy broth. The only proper way to enjoy Hokkaido is to munch your way through it, helped by a few good slugs of the local Sapporo Beer.

Places to visit in Hokkaido

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Sights in Hokkaido

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Dried Flower House (ドライフラワーの舎)

Sight in Hokkaido

The house boasts one of the largest display areas of dried flower arrangements in Japan. Len Alkemade, the Dutch floral designer, created the dried flower dis

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The German Christmas Market in Sapporo

Written by Colette English

German Christmas Market Enjoy a little bit of Europe in Sapporo this Christmas holiday. The German Christmas Market in Sapporo is an even held every year from

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Why Noboribetsu MUST Be On Your Hokkaido Itinerary

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 Beautiful almost every season, this article will explain why your next Japan adventure should be in Hokkaido and more specifically, Noboribetsu. Noboribetsu No

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Daisetsuzan National Park: Lake Shikaribetsu

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Most of Daisetsuzan National park is located in northern Hokkaido but a sliver of it resides in eastern Hokkaido. That sliver is Lake Shikaribetsu. It is locate

Hotels in Hokkaido

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Jozankei Grand Hotel Zuien

Hotel in Hokkaido

A 2-minute walk from Jozankei Shako-mae bus stop, Jozankei Grand Hotel Zuien offers rooms with a flat-screen TV. Guests can relax in public hot-spring baths or

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Shogetsu Grand Hotel

Hotel in Hokkaido

Offering indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths and a sauna, Shogetsu Grand Hotel features Western and Japanese-style rooms with a view of the gorge.

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Jozankei Manseikaku Hotel Milione

Hotel in Hokkaido

Offering hot-spring baths, an indoor pool and Marco Polo Buffet Restaurant, Hotel Milione is 1 hour from Sapporo Train Station on the hotel’s free shuttle.

Neighborhoods

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Kushiro · Mashū · Abashiri

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

The route from Kushiro to Mashu and Abashiri is well travelled in the winter. Take the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train from Kushiro to Shibecha station to enjoy

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Furano · Biei · Asahikawa

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

Asahikawa, Furano and Biei, all of which are adjacent to each other, are often grouped together as one area because the transportation between these three place

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Noboribetsu · Lake Tōya

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

Noboribetsu and Toyako are located in the southwest of Hokkaido, and sit adjacent to one another. Both of them belong to the Shikotsu Toya National Park. You ca

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Otaru

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

Otaru is a popular day trip option. It only takes half an hour from Sapporo Station to get there by JR. This seaside town is famous because of "Love Letters", a

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Niseko

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

Skiing lovers should not miss the ski resorts in Niseko! Niseko is home to one of the top four ski resorts in the world and the most popular ski resort in Hokka

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Asahikawa

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

Asahikawa is the central city in northern Hokkaido, influential in industry and commerce. Strikingly, Asahikawa is a city of bridges. You'll find about 130 rive

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Hakodate

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

Hakodate is at the heart of southern Hokkaido, and is also the southern gateway to Honshu. With its long history, world-famous night views and unique architectu

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Sapporo

Neighborhood in Hokkaido

If you are visiting Hokkaido, you must stop by Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. The history of Hokkaido, the success of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games, and the

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