Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is known as a popular travel destination, for skiing in winter, for the beautiful scenery and flowers in summer.
In Furano, the flowers bloom splendidly in summer, from tulips to lavender. In winter, skiiers head to Niseko or Rusutsu for some excellent slopes and soft powder snow.
Hokkaido is also know for it’s fresh seafood, with large fishing ports at Hakodate and Otaru. The seafood market at Hakodate is an attraction in itself, for gourmets looking for the freshest, tastiest sashimi and sushi.
The public transport network in Hokkaido is not quite as well developed as it is in the rest of Japan, and it is recommended that those who can, would enjoy renting a car to travel around. There are beautiful national parks, like Daisetsuzan, within which there are hot spring resorts where travellers go to rejuvenate and relax. Examples include Sounkyo onsen and Noboribetsu hot spring resort town.
Travelling to Hokkaido
The largest airport on Hokkaido is the Chitose airport. However, not many international flights land or depart here. It would be far easier to fly to Tokyo and transfer to a domestic flight from Tokyo to Chitose airport.
Alternatively, take a train from Tokyo. The train ride takes approximately 16 hours to reach Sapporo from Tokyo.
Cities in Hokkaido
The largest cities in Hokkaido are Sapporo and Hakodate. However, these cities are more laid back compared to their more cosmopolitan counterparts on Honshu and Kyushu. Shopping is also more expensive.
Stay tuned as we bring you more on romantic resorts in Hokkaido, where you can enjoy an unforgettable honeymoon.