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Go to Hokkaido in Japan

Hokkaido in Japan is a unique and beautiful island. On this island you have a chance to see whales, bears and the amazing sea eagle. You can take breathtaking walks through remote nature reserves with mountains and waterfalls. Something you might want to add to the Bucket list. 
Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan and is located in the most northern part of the country. It has for its size (area: 83.454 km²) very few inhabitants, only six million. Yet there is plenty to do. It has many areas of great natural beauty. The Daisetsu-zan National Park; the remote Shiretoko-Hanto peninsula Kushiro Marsh, home to rare flora and fauna. The Shikotsu-Toya National Park, with its magical volcanoes and lakes. There are also plenty of hot springs (onsen) in places such as Noboribetsu, Jozan kei and Sounkyo. Onsen are the place to be if you like to relax and enjoy the Japanese-style bathing in hot spring water.

Ski in Niseko

Niseko is the place to be for ski enthusiasts in Japan. More than 800 hectares of ski area can be found here. The nightlife is also perfectly attuned, you have plenty of places where you can relax with a Sapporo beer. Every year thousands of foreign tourists travel to Niseko to enjoy the soft snow and high slopes. The Japanese themselves are also big fans of Niseko, many Japanese have their second home in this ski area. 

How to get there

Hokkaido is accessible by plane, boat and train. The most inexpensive and fastest way to reach Hokkaido is by plane. From many places in Japan (such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka), and many other cities in Asia and in the Pacific (such as Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China, Hong Kong and even Hawaii), you fly cheaply to Sapporo New Chitose Airport.

Best time to visit

Hokkaido is an island of extremes: in the summer it is warm and green, but in winter Hokkaido is very cold and white. Especially in the north of Hokkaido it can snow heavily and even the sea freezes during winter. In summer it is very pleasant to be here because of the low humidity, while in the rest of Japan the rainy season arrives. Hokkaido has no problems with typhoons. From September to October, Hokkaido is immersed in all colors of the rainbow because of Autumn. Click here for the average weather in Hikkaido.

Where to stay
If you are looking for an amazing place to stay on this island and you are not on a budget we recommend the Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa Mizu no Uta.The hotel itself is beautiful and the location next to lake Shikotsu is super quiet and peaceful. The onsen experience was incredible! A super spacious place with plenty of options to bath. It has three indoor onsen baths and a beautiful outdoor onsen. You will never want to leave this place. On booking.com they get an average rating of 9.2 and you can book it here.

This article was last updated on October 16, 2019.