Hokkaido Area | Travel Guide
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 winter sports should have a ski trip to Hokkaido high on their bucket list! Here is your Hokkaido travel guide.
Snow is not all the island has to offer; the wild outdoors is always beckoning whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall. There are countless great hiking areas, rare wild birds that can only be seen here, interesting natural phenomena like marimo, blue lakes, and drift ice, and beautiful seasonal flowers that spring in full bloom in fields that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Do you need more reasons to put Hokkaido on your wish list? Foodies will also love Hokkaido, as you can eat some of the freshest seafood, meat, and vegetables that come from the island itself. And let’s not forget about the otherworldly snow festival that is held every year. Check out our package tour in the region if you are interested in discovering Hokkaido!
Sapporo Beer Museum
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.
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Over 2.5 million people live in Sapporo, a city that only started growing rapidly in the last century. The Moerenuma Park was designed by a 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. If you go to Hokkaido, Noboribetsu and its surroundings should definitely feature on your itinerary!
Niseko Ski Resort
Niseko is located a two-hour drive away from Hokkaido's main airport New Chitose. The annual average temperature is only 6.3 degrees Celsius, making it a much-loved destination for winter sports from late November until early May.
Asahikawa is the second-largest city in Hokkaido, with only Sapporo being larger. Early February each year the Ashikawa Winter Festival is held here, and Ashikawa's gastronomical claim to fame is its Ashikawa Ramen.
Akan-Mashu National Park
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 and Tokachi Area
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 and Abashiri Areas
Nature paradise ! Shiretoko is located eastern part of Hokkaido. you can enjoy Hiking, Fishing, hunting, ice breaker boat and Drift ice walk. I would like to recommend you to visit Rausu to observe the bird watching in winter time.
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
Furano and Biei are located next to each other and are usually visited in one trip. Most people discover the areas on a 4-5 day trip, but if you come in summer and really want to take your time to relax in a beautiful natural area, it is perfectly possible to take one to two week trip to this area as well.
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 shopping malls along the canal have been converted from stone-built or brick-built warehouses,