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Visit Hokkaido, Japan

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Visit Hokkaido, Japan

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.

Hokkaido's weather

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.

Travelling around

Driving in HokkaidoWestern 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.

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Start planning your tailor-made trip to Hokkaido by calling one of our Japan specialists on 01993 838 210

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.