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An intricate web of culture collides with natural beauty in Hokkaido.

A view from an observatory at Ōkurayama Ski Jump Stadium in Hokkaido. Luscious national parks, winter sports havens and picturesque cities define this unique Japanese island.

Wilderness and intriguing cultural heritage marries on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. A cooler climate distinguishes Hokkaido’s mesmerizing landscapes, where a peculiar yet calming ambience presides. Being the least-developed of Japan’s four main islands, Hokkaido introduces tranquility to your fabulous vacation in Japan.

Culture runs deep in Hokkaido, rooted in the distant yet prestigious Jomon period. The influence of the indigenous Ainu people is felt heavily throughout Hokkaido, and they still inhabit the island today. Visit an Ainu museum or a Jomon archaeological site to learn about Hokkaido’s cultural shaping.

Adventure travelers flock to Hokkaido’s dramatic wintry landscapes. Niseko, Tomamu and Rusutsu are popular for their striking, mountainous topography, where skiers and snowboarders glide along powdery snow. Meanwhile, emerald flourishes along Hokkaido’s hot spring resorts and lavender fields. Depending on when you travel to Hokkaido, the island’s intrinsic beauty varies in its color palette, always crowned by sparkling, cerulean lakes like Kussharo or Mashu.

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When to go to Hokkaido

Hokkaido is beautiful all year round. However, its four seasons do bring different advantages. Summer in Hokkaido (June-August) brings milder temperatures than the rest of Japan, perfect for those who wish for a more comfortable summer trekking vacation. Winter is a popular time to visit Hokkaido, its chilly snowscape offering pristine beauty and fun adventure sports. Bring plenty of layers and absorb the celestial white of Hokkaido between December and March. Hokkaido, in its shoulder seasons, brings beautiful colors, unique foliage and mild temperatures. Autumn or Spring may be the best time to venture into the island’s vibrant cities and towns and explore its complex culture.

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