Hokkaido

The northernmost of Japan’s main islands, Hokkaido is still thought of as frontier country. Much like the Wild West, Hokkaido conjures up images of cowboys, wilderness, and far horizons, but bills itself as the Far North, with deep winter snows and arctic references in Sapporo’s shopping districts. This unique culture is also defined by the indigenous Ainu, who, though small, add a distinct element to Hokkaido.

Hokkaido skillfully balances its main industries of tourism and agriculture, and some of the same areas that are world-renowned for skiing in the winter are popular for picturesque summer lavender fields. Though best known for its winter snow sports, which have been favourably compared to Canadian conditions, Hokkaido is also a nature lover’s paradise, and some of Japan’s best and wildest national parks make for stunning hiking amidst crater lakes, caldera, and steaming waterfalls.

If it’s nightlife rather than wildlife you’re after, Hokkaido won’t disappoint: Sapporo is a vibrant, modern city. Laid out on a grid pattern, Sapporo makes a refreshing change from navigating Japan’s older cities, and is a haven of cool in the summer with beer gardens spread out along the river, and in the winter is famed for the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws crowds from around the world. Into Japan is delighted to add Hokkaido to your tailor made tour.

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Hokkaido

The northernmost of Japan’s main islands, Hokkaido is still thought of as frontier country. Much like the Wild West, Hokkaido conjures up images of cowboys, wilderness, and far horizons, but bills itself as the Far North, with deep winter snows and arctic references in Sapporo’s shopping districts. This unique culture is also defined by the…

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JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

The hotel is ideally situated, adjacent to the JR train station in the centre of the city and only a short walk away from Odori park. The hotel aims to provide a relaxing experience for all guests. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in earthy tones. There is a spa on the 22nd floor and…

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Keio Plaza Hotel

The Sapporo Keio Plaza Hotel is a comfortable, stylish hotel in a perfect location for exploring Sapporo and Hokkaido at large. With a pool, a gym, eight different bars and restaurants throughout the Keio Plaza Hotel’s many floors, this is also an ideal place to spend a lazy day in good company.

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Moku no Sho

A beautiful, modern Japanese ryokan hotel that offers a lovely place to stay, but located on the far western reaches of the Niseko area and some distance away from the slopes and nighlife so perhaps not ideal for hardcore skiers and those who want lots of après ski action. However, for those who fancy a…

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Niseko

Japan’s most famous ski resort is known for its incredible powder snow, spectacular back country skiing and the large number of foreign skiers who come to the resort town each winter, especially Australians. This influx of foreign skiers has made Niseko very accessible to English speakers and – compared with other ski resorts in Japan…

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Niseko Hilton Village

This luxury resort has something for everyone, from families seeking adventure to those dreaming of a rejuvenating retreat. Slip into the open hot springs beneath bright blue skies and verdant Mount Yotei, or slip off to the spa for some indulgent pampering. With the hotel’s own ski slopes right on the doorstep, the Hilton is…

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Sapporo

Sapporo’s historical claim to fame not only lies in the fact that it hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, but in its status as one of the nation’s youngest major cities. Though it is now the capital of Hokkaido, famous across Japan for its ramen, beer and snow festival, it is hard to imagine Sapporo as…

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Sapporo Snow Festival

Most famous of Japan’s snow festivals, or yuki matsuri, the Sapporo Snow Festival transforms Hokkaido’s capital into a wonderland of ice and snow sculpture. The festival draws millions of visitors to Sapporo for seven days each February, and international teams compete to create the gigantic and elaborate sculptures, whose themes range from famous landmarks to…

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Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort

Located about 90 minutes from Shin-Chitose Airport, the Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort has 140 guest rooms designed to evoke regional architectural styles and offers upscale amenities and refined service. With ski-in, ski-out capability the Sheraton Hokkiado Kiroro Resort is ideal to enjoy a skiing holiday to the fullest.

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Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi

Located in Shiretoko Utoro Onsen, the Grand Hotel Kita Kobushi overlooks Utoro harbour. The hotel has 265 guest rooms, some of which offer private open air natural hot spring baths overlooking the harbour. Indulge yourself with a relaxing bath and beautiful scenery. The hotel houses two restaurants featuring Japanese cuisine, plus one dining hall with…

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Skiing in Hokkaido

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost major island, has both climate and mountains to rival Canada’s more famous ski slopes. Nestled in the very center of Hokkaido, the town of Furano is surrounded by mountains and has a six-month season lasting from late November to early May. Long time host to ski and snowboard world cups, Furano is…

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Takinoya Noboribetsu

Enjoy a relaxing and peaceful stay in Takinoya, located in Hokkaido’s most famous hot spring resort – Noboribetsu. Soak yourself in a private hot spring bath, or pamper yourself in the glorious open-air bath surrounded by the nearby forest. Afterwards, indulge in a traditional home-made Japanese meal in your room, made from fresh, seasonal ingredients.

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zaborin, niseko

Zaborin

Zaborin is a secluded luxury ryokan in the Hanazono woods in Hokkaido, part of the area spanning the resorts of Niseko. Inspired by Zen, the name Zaborin merges the traditional Japanese characters, ‘zabo’ (坐 忘) meaning “to sit, to forget” and the character ‘rin’ (林) representing a small forest or wood. Subtle, contemporary architecture and…

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