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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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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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Skiing & Snowboarding in Honshu

Not far from Tokyo and Kyoto on Japan’s main island of Honshu, the steep slopes of the Japan Alps are blessed with heavy snow falls due to the wet air moving off the Sea of Japan. Although Hokkaido’s ski slopes are more famous for powder snow, there is plenty to be had without leaving Honshu….

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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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