Hokkaido Travel Guide
Plan Your Hokkaido Vacation
Hokkaido is Japan with breathing space. People here don’t put on the air-conditioning in summer—they open the windows. Outside, fragrant air, wild mountains, virgin forests, pristine lakes, and surf-beaten shores are all within easy reach of cities and towns.
Accommodations that are easily booked in English tend to be modern, characterless hotels built for Japanese tour groups.... read more
Hokkaido's regional food includes excellent seafood, beef, lamb, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Dining out is generally much... read more
Things To Do in Hokkaido
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
The beer: Hokkaido has the Sapporo Beer brewery and local microbreweries in Otaru and Hakodate. The slopes: Deep powder... Read more
Hokkaido is a land of wondrous winters. Ridiculous amounts of powder and great resorts delight skiers and boarders from both Japan and... Read more
Hokkaido is known for its seafood—the prefecture's name means "the Road to the Northern Sea." Shakeě or sakeě (salmon),... Read more
One of Japan's best-known annual events, held for a week beginning February 5 or 6, is the Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki... Read more
Once upon a time in Ainumosir ("human being peaceful land"), aynu (human beings) lived in kotan (villages), raising... Read more
Sapporo means beer to drinkers around the world, and what would a visit to the city of the same name be without a little beer... Read more
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