The high mountains, crystal lakes and wide open spaces of Hokkaido Island set it far apart from the hustle and bustle of southern Japan.
This is Japan’s last wilderness region, boasting the nation’s greatest concentration of national parks and brimming with a wonderful abundance of flora and fauna.
As Tokyo swelters through long summer days Hokkaido savours warm, temperate weather ideal for hiking in the high peaks of Daisetsu-zan or relaxing by the crystal-clear waters of the island’s many caldera lakes. In winter arctic air from Siberia is drawn across Hokkaido, ensuring the plentiful snowfall that makes this area a popular winter sports destination and providing the raw materials for the fantastic annual Sapporo Snow Festival.
Western Hokkaido is readily accessed by public transport, but for those wishing to explore in more depth Hokkaido’s wide, empty roads make driving a delight. Self-drive itineraries of all lengths can be arranged to suit your interests and schedules.
Places to visit in Hokkaido
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Hokkaido, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested Hokkaido itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Hokkaido, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Hokkaido
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around Hokkaido
Our expert guides to exploring Hokkaido
Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Hokkaido, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Hokkaido at its best.
Accommodation choices for Hokkaido
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Hokkaido. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.