Hokkaido is the most northern of all the prefectures of Japan, and is the second largest of the four main islands of Japan. Hokkaido is also the least developed part of Japan, its unspoiled nature attracting hikers and campers in the warmer seasons as well as skiers and snowboarders in winter. Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, is the gateway to the prefecture and is easily accessible from other major cities in Japan via internal flights. Sapporo is famous for three things; the magnificent Yuki Matsuri (or Snow Festival) held every year, its beer and its signature miso ramen, often topped with sweetcorn, butter and chopped pork.
The other main attraction in Hokkaido is Niseko, Japan’s most popular ski resort town. The quality of the powder, the wide runs and the amazing facilities deserve all the praise they get. There are four different resorts based around the Niseko Annupuri Mountain, though there are a number of other resorts that can be visited as part of a day trip, namely Kiroro and Rusutsu.
Tours featuring Hokkaido:
- Journey to the East 8 Day Small Group Tour Winter including Sapporo Snow Festival
- Ski & See Japan featuring Niseko 9 Day Self-Guided Winter Tour