Top 10 unforgettable experience in Hokkaido
Hokkaido is located in the northern Japan, being famous for its spectacular natural wild beauty, with volcanoes, hot springs and vast ski areas. This is really promising for those adventure activities lovers. In addition, cuisine in Hokkaido can easily make you addicted. Here are 10 interesting activities can not miss while travelling in Hokkaido, suggested by Skyscanner.
1. Participate in Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the most famous and fascinating festivals in Japan, held in February every year. Visitors can admire the ice sculptures crafted by skilled artists from around the world. They gather here to create the large-scale replicas of some of the world’s most notable landmarks. It is best that you experience it at night when the large ice sculptures are wonderfully lit up.
Sapporo Snow Festival
2. Boating on Toya Lake
Boating on the beautiful calm water of the lake Toya is a not-to-be-missed activity in Hokkaido. Outdoor activities lovers should visit the Toya lake to get breathtaking views of nature as well as its glorious sunrise or sunset. Do not worry if you do not know boating or canoeing, because there is always a professional trainer available to help and guide you.
3. Bathing in hot springs
Hot spring is, of course, a big attraction to visit in Hokkaido. Bathing in hot spring is an effective therapy for relaxation and for getting harmonized with nature, helping your body metabolism and blood circulation better. You will feel extremely comfortable with both body and mind. Ideally, for a memorable and unique onsen experience, we suggest that you splurge on a night’s stay in a cozy hot spring hotel. To Hokkaido, try to visit the sulfur springs in Noboribetsu-Onsen, or the hot spring villages in Hokkaido, such as Jozankei.
Bathing in hot springs
4. Enjoy the cuisine of Hokkaido
In Hokkaido, you can find good food almost everywhere. We are sure to say that fresh sashimi, Atka mackerel, Jingisukan (a mutton or lamb barbecue dish), Sapporo Miso ramen, can make you all addicted.
5. Spend a night at a ryokan in Hokkaido
If you want to learn the culture and lifestyle of Japan, you should better spend a night in the Ryokan. More than just a comfortable place to rest, this is a place for you to experience an authentic lifestyle and hospitality of the Japanese people. When renting a room, you will be offered a premium Japanese dinner.
Typical ryokan in Hokkaido
6. Skiing in Niseko
Hokkaido is one of the top ski locations in the world because powdery snow quality and impressive mountain slopes. If you are a winter sports enthusiast, Niseko truly is the destination for you.
7. Visit and enjoy Unkai Terrace
Ukai, also known as the "sea of clouds" is an impressive natural spectacle that will leave most of the people speechless. Let order a the cup of coffee and watch the whole amazing scene from high above.
8. Soak the middle of lavender fields in Farm Tomita
If you are travelling Hokkaido in mid-July or in August, do not forget the Farm Tomita’s Lavender fields. This is the time of blooming lavender. These beautiful lavender fields are illuminated wonderfully at night.
Beautiful lavender fields
9. Take photos with clear waters in Kaminokoike
Kaminokoike is a small pond of Lake Mashu, Kiyosato. Kaminokoike pond with a depth of 5 m and 220 m wide will leave anyone in awe thanks to its crystal clear water, which you can not find anywhere.
10. Panoramic view from JR Sapporo observatory
With 160 meters high, the main JR Sapporo Observatory is ideal for getting a panoramic view of the city, especially at night, in a very shimmering landscape. The tower has a lot of bars, cafes and fashion boutiques for shopping devotees.
A view from JR Sapporo observatory