Hokkaido Vacations

Encompassing the entire island of northern Japan, Hokkaido is a far cry from the bustling cities and crowded subways of much of metropolitan Japan. Cooler (literally) than the rest of the country, this area is popular among seasonal Japanese tourists escaping the mainland's muggy summers. This largest signal district of Japan can be divided into ... Read more
four sections, or circuits. The eastern circuit is far and away the largest, and is much less developed than the other areas. The central circuit is where to find the capital city Sapporo, while the western and northern circuits, like an ancient Japanese nature painting, balance human existence in a respected and exalted natural environment. This whole area is laid out according to a more traditionally western sense. The buildings are generally more modern than areas of mainland Japan, and the cities are divided into more mass transit-friendly grid systems. Feel like a soak? Hot springs abound throughout Hokkaido, maintaining that distinctively Japanese flair in spite of the western influences. In picturesque national parks, you can find outdoor activities ranging from swishing down mountain ski slopes to marveling at cherry blossom orchards.
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Klang, Malaysia

Hokkaido is very popular and famous destination. We have been to Hokkaido last year in May. Unfortunately we did not have the chance to see 'Sakura'.Anyway, some places like Sapporo, Noboribetsu, Hakodate and Otaru is beautiful.

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George Town, Malaysia

First time enjoy the white and fluffy snow with my children .They also learned skiing here.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Hokkaido is an outdoor wonderland. The cities are pleasant but the real draw here is excellent ski slops, hiking, outdoor hot springs, and volcanoes. The people are friendly and the food is exceptional. More difficult to explore than some of the more urbanized parts of Japan, this is one spot where you might actually consider renting a car.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Great area to visit and walk around in the summer because the weather is cooler.

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San Luis Obispo

Nothing prepared me for how amazingly beautiful the island of Hokkaido could be in summer. The lavender fields outside Bie, the clear volcanic lake of Mashu-ko, and the velvet green forests of Rishiri and Rebun islands were all incredible memories for me. So was the fishing port of Hakodate and the Ainu villages of the interior of the island. Oh, and of course rural mountain hot springs towns, too! Trains and buses don't go everywhere on this island, so you may want to rent a car. Peak tourist season is July and August, although some people make the entire point of their trek up here seeing the winter ice festival.

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Hong Kong

Arriving late to the hotel, we need to grab dinner via the vending machine :p

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Hillsdale, Michigan
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my first visit to japan in hokkaido was way back in 1993 at a place called Muroran. it had snowed in january and pretty cold when i went out. the japanese are the most polite people i have ever met. couldnt believe when i bought a few small things at a shop, the wrapping was almost better than the things i bought, which included a watch and a kerchief.

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San Francisco, California, USA

King crab soup! Nice!

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Xinyi, Taiwan

What amazing place!!

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Caught this while on a highway... Just beautiful!

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