Hokkaido is known for its beautiful nature- volcanoes, Mount Fuji's twin, Mount Yotei, ski resorts, natural hot springs, as well as delicious seafood. The northern island offers a lot of different activities throughout the year. Summer is the best season to explore the national parks, go hiking, or try out canoeing or rafting. Winter is popular for the Sapporo Snow Festival, famous ski resorts, such as Niseko, snowboarding, dog-sledding or ice-fishing. If you are travelling with kids make sure to visit Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe. Hokkaido is a paradise for the seafood and fish lovers. Crab, scallops, sea urchin, squid and salmon are the freshest here. Don't forget to try the famous Sapporo beer, local sake and Yoichi Japanese whiskey. If you love open air activities, wide landscapes and wild life, then Hokkaido is the perfect destination for you.
Hokkaido has a variety of western style hotels, ski resorts or luxury retreat hotels.
Hokkaido is served by airports and well connected by trains, numerous ports and buses. Private transfers and car hire are available as well.
The busiest times to visit:
Cherry Blossom, Golden week (Japanese holiday in the beginning of May), Obon (Japanese national holiday in mid-August), Momiji season (when the leaves start changing colours). During these days, the streets will be overcrowded and the hotels fully-booked. Summer is very pleasant in Hokkaido. In winter, the temperature drops below 0 degrees Celsius, which makes Hokkaido the perfect destination for winter sports.
Local food speciality:
Seafood especially squid
Jingisukan - Lamb BBQ
Hokkaido snow festival