Hokkaido

Japan's Nature-Filled and Northernmost Island, Hokkaido

Expansive nature, gorgeous lavender fields, a sparkling ocean, ramen, late-night entertainment… Skiing, snowboarding, and winter sports…

All of this can be discovered in Hokkaido.

Situated in Japan’s northernmost area, the vast island of Hokkaido reveals its dynamic landscape to its visitors, varying by region and season.

Hokkaido is filled with things to enjoy and see, and the city of Sapporo is in its center. In Sapporo, one can stroll through Susukino, the largest entertainment district on the island, and take in the beautiful views at night. Go on day trip from Sapporo to Otaru, where you explore the historical town via canal cruise. Hakodate is yet another ideal destination, known for its gourmet seafood, along with the star-shaped fortress, Goryokaku Tower. We recommend Niseko for sports enthusiasts. After a day of winter activities in the powder snow, soak in the onsen (hot springs) and rest your tired muscles.

In central Hokkaido is Furano, famous for its lavender fields. Travelers will come across all kinds of flowers here, starting with the purple lavender blooming in July. In the Tokachi and Obiro region, savor fresh and creamy milk, cheese, and dairy. Travelers planning to spend time outdoors should head to the east. During the warmer months in Shiretoko, there are brown bears and whale watching, and in winter visitors can trek down Abashiri frozen in ice. You can also enjoy hiking to your heart’s content at Kushiro Shitsugen National Park, with its abundant nature.

Hokkaido has mild average temperatures due to its northern latitude. However, nearly all areas of Hokkaido receive snow during winter, so it is important to check the weather and what to wear before coming. Be sure to read the articles offered on MATCHA to find a Hokkaido trip perfect for you.

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