HokkaidoIf 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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Originally a wetland area and garbage dump that was reclaimed, this large park in northeastern Sapporo was designed by famed Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. After 17 years of work, it was opened in 2005. The space contains over 120 playground pieces
Nemuro Hanamaru JR Tower Stellar Place
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Farm Tomita is a large lavender farm in Furano, an area famous for its vast purple fields in early summer and lavender themed products and foods.
Featuring an on-site restaurant, Henmi Ryokan is located in Hakodate. Free WiFi access is available. JR Hakodate Station is just 4 minutes’ walk. A flat-screen TV is included in each guest room.
Shikotsuko Daiichi Hotel Suizantei
Next to Lake Shikotsu, Daiichi Hotel Suizantei features a Japanese garden, hot-spring baths and traditional meals. The spacious rooms include a flat-screen TV, seating area and private bathroom.
Khaosan Chitose Family Hostel
Khaosan Chitose Family Hostel offers accommodation in Chitose. Khaosan Chitose Family Hostel features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen at the property.
Asahikawa Grand Hotel
Providing contemporary air-conditioned rooms, the Asahikawa Grand is a 13-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station. Spa Plateau boasts a hot tub and sauna, and the hotel has a 17th-floor restaurant with beautiful views.
Comfort Hotel Kushiro
A 2-minute walk from JR Kushiro Train Station, Comfort Hotel Kushiro offers modern rooms with a coffee maker. It features free Wi-Fi, a launderette and rental laptops.
Hotel Monterey Sapporo
On just a 5-minute walk from Sapporo Station, the majestic Hotel Monterey offers cozy rooms with free internet access. The hotel has a restaurant and massage service.
The Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel Morinoki
Otarunai Backpacker's Hostel is the first backpacker's hostel in Hokkaido, just 1.4 km away from Otaru Station and a 3-minute walk to Suitengu Temple. Otaru Canal is a 10-minute walk away.
Why Noboribetsu MUST Be On Your Hokkaido Itinerary
Beautiful almost every season, this article will explain why your next Japan adventure should be in Hokkaido and more specifically, Noboribetsu. Noboribetsu Noboribetsu is located on the southern part of Hokkaido but in a very convenient location only 70km (5
Daisetsuzan National Park: Lake Shikaribetsu
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 located north of Obihiro city in Shikaoi. You can get there by bus (from Obihiro Station or Shikaoi) and b