Things To Do
In winter, join an icebreaker cruise to see the otherwordly ryuhyo drift ice along the coast, or marvel at the ‘frost flowers’ of ice that form on ethereal Lake Akan. In summer, the rolling fields of Biei burst into life with flowers of every hue. Spring is cherry blossom season, while autumn is the perfect time to visit the World Heritage site of Shiretoko Peninsula, as the trees around its five tranquil lakes turn gold.
Nestled in the shadow of Mount Yote – an active volcano – Niseko is Hokkaido’s world-class ski resort. Celebrated for its powder snow by winter sports lovers, it’s the place to get your heart racing. For something different, try ice fishing or snow shoeing. And whatever the season, don’t miss Hokkaido’s most famous attraction: its thousands of onsen (hot springs). Sink into mineral-rich waters bubbling up from the earth – and relax.
Hokkaido’s charming capital Sapporo is a melting pot of knockout regional cuisine, beer and culture. Soup curry is a firm local favourite, along with fresh seafood from the island’s waters. Tour the city’s brewery, and take in the views from the iconic TV tower. If you’re visiting in February, wrap up warm and don’t miss the enormous ice sculptures on display during the city’s renowned Snow Festival.