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Hokkaido is mainly known as a winter sports destination from November-April, and as a great place to go hiking in the summer season. Unlike Tokyo, Hokkaido doesn’t have a rainy season and usually doesn’t get any of the typhoons. In July and August, the average temperature is usually between 20-30 ℃, humidity is low and it’s cool in the mornings and evenings too. In the winter the pistes are guaranteed to be white, and some of the best powder snow pistes in the world are found in winter sports resort Niseko.
Hokkaido is known around the world for its amazing seafood, it’s one of the gourmet capitals of the world! Not only is the seafood the best, but you can also try Mongolian BBQ if you like meat, and you should definitely try the Hokkaido style local ramen.
Sapporo is the capital city of the Hokkaido prefecture. It is the heart of Hokkaido where you can find a lot of interesting sights and learn more about Hokkaido’s culture.
The population of Sapporo is the fifth-largest in Japan. Fortunately, it’s not all bricks and mortar. If you go to the suburbs the houses become more sparse and give their way to nature. This “harmony of city and nature” is one of the characteristics of Sapporo, which adds to its charm.
The first snow usually falls at the end of October and around December there’s usually quite a buildup so every year there’s the famous Sapporo snow festival with lots of snow and ice sculptures.
Sapporo isn’t Hokkaido’s only interesting destination. If you come to Hokkaido on a cruise ship, chances are that you will dock in Hakodate. This charming city is already popular with domestic tourists but hasn’t been discovered yet by most international travelers.
The most famous sight in Hakodate is Fort Goryokaku, a star-shaped fort dating back to the mid-19th century. The Tsugaru fort is also worth a visit with its spectacular views of the city from its location on top of Mt. Hakodate. For lunch, you can either discover a street market or go for a fresh seafood meal in one of the local restaurants, and after that, you will go to Motomachi and the Warehouse District for some great photo opportunities. A visit to the Museum of Northern Peoples is also an option, here you can learn more about the culture and plights of the indigenous Ainu people. Your guide will bring the history of the places you visit alive while you are there.
If you are planning to visit Hokkaido during your Japan trip, why not discover Sapporo or Hakodate with one of our expert local guides? The guide will make sure that you will make most of your time in the city, tell you all about the local history, and show you the best spots for great pictures and delicious food. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information and a quote.