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.
Located on a 3-minute walk from Hakodate Station, the Resol offers rooms with a flat-screen TV and free wired internet access. It is also a 3-minute walk from popular Hakodate morning market. Free WiFi is available throughout the
Hotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo
Only a 2-minute walk from Sapporo Subway Station, Hotel Monterey Edelhof offers rooms with free internet access. The hotel features a restaurant, spa facilities and rental laptops for in-room use.
Just a 5-minute drive from JR Wakkanai Station, Hotel Kito features a natural hot spring bath, Japanese dining and free Wi-Fi. The hotel offers simple yet comfortable air-conditioned rooms.
JR Inn Asahikawa
Open from March 2015, JR Inn Asahikawa offers simple accommodation directly connected to JR Asahikawa Station. A public bath and laundry facilities are available on site. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.
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.
Mercure Hotel Sapporo
Centrally located in the lively Susukino area in Sapporo, Mercure Hotel provides non-smoking accommodation just a 5-minute walk from Susukino Subway Station.
Hotel Sharoum Inn 2
Only a 5-minute walk from JR Hakodate Station and the morning market, Hotel Sharoum Inn 2 offers free WiFi throughout, free-use bicycles and a 24-hour reception. Facilities include a launderette, drinks vending machines and a free
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