Hokkaido

A spacious land abundant with nature and festivals held throughout the four seasons. Hokkaido is an island at Japan’s northern extremity, surrounded by sea in all directions.

It is an extensive land, accounting for 22% of Japan’s total area. Low humidity makes the summers pleasant, while in winter you can enjoy winter sports. The island is gaining popularity as a tourist destination throughout the four seasons.

In Hokkiado you can enjoy the magnificence of nature to your heart’s content: Daisetsu-zan National Park, which forms the roof of Hokkaido; the secluded Shiretoko-hanto Peninsula; Kushiro Marsh, home to many precious living things such as Japanese cranes; the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, which is full of volcanoes and lakes; and the ever-changing Shakotan Coast. There are also numerous hot springs, like Noboribetsu-onsen, Jozan-kei-onsen and Soun-kyo-onsen Hot Springs, where you can leisurely get over the tiredness from your journey.

In winter there is the Sapporo Snow-matsuri Festival and Monbetsu Ice Floes-matsuri Festival. In summer there is the Furano Lavender-matsuri Festival, as well as port-matsuri festivals in every coastal town to pray for a good catch and safe fishing. Hokkaido boasts over 1,200 festivals and events all year round.

Getting to Hokkaido

Shin-Chitose Airport is 1 hour 30 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 2 hours 10 minutes from Osaka Itami Aiport.Around 17 hours by sleeping car from Tokyo to Sapporo.