Dine in at local Michelin-rated international restaurants and Japanese izakaya. Tour Hokkaido’s wine country. Visit the island’s azure lakes and active volcanoes. Soak in the pristine natural surrounds of the region’s hundreds of onsen hot-spring resorts.
Enjoy a distinctive culture of festivals, temples and shrines. Niseko is within easy reach of Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo (two hours drive), the gateway to the Niseko region and a popular tourism destination. The island’s famous cultural centres are also close by, including Otaru, Japan’s Venice of the North (one hour), the historic port-city of Hakodate (three hours) and the shogunate charms of coastal Esashi (four hours)
Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is an area of outstanding natural beauty largely untouched by the development in Japan’s more densely populated south.
The island consists of natural and agricultural landscapes with beautiful scenery and flora and fauna unique to the area.
The scenic beauty of mountains, forests and farming land includes active volcanoes, untouched wilderness, lakeside-towns and thermal resorts. Famous attractions on the island are too numerous to list here but no visit is complete without a trip to Otaru, Japan’s Venice of the north, the island’s bustling capital of Sapporo and the historic port-city of Hakodate in the south.
Hokkaido is served by two main airports – New Chitose in the centre of the island which connects to all Asian hubs and Hakodate to the south with services to Japanese cities, Seoul and Tapiei.
Excellent road links with taxi, bus and private transfer provide access to all areas of the island.
A train network provides connections between major cities and town and to Japan’s main island of Honshu via an undersea tunnel.
Honshu can also be reached by ferry as can tourist destinations on outlying islands.