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Akita

Akita is both a prefecture and city in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. Its attractions are the natural beauty of its mountains and coastline, hot springs and the town of Kakunodate, which preserves one of Japan’s most interesting samurai districts. Akita city is also famous for its Kanto Matsuri Festival, which takes place at…

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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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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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