Hokkaido is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. It lies on the northern most islands of Japan and there are a lot of beautiful natural landscapes that you can experience there. There are a lot of travel agencies that will provide you with hokkaido tours at affordable cost. The following are some of the best things to do while you are in Hokkaido.
- Sapporo Winter Festival
If you are visiting Hokkaido during winter, the sapporo winter festival is something that you can’t miss. This is one of the most popular and beautiful snow festivals in the world and you will get to see a lot of ice sculptures and snow statues created by local as well as international sculptors. The best time to experience this festival is during the month of February.
This is a great side trip apart from mainland Hokkaido and can be visited by a train from Sapporo city. It is famous for its preserved canals, 19th century warehouses and great cityscape. This place also holds a small snow festival known as the Otaru snow light path. In this fest the city is decorated with beautiful lights and the roads are also decorated in the same way to provide a mesmerizing look all around. The best time to visit this city would be during the first 2 weeks of February.
- Hakodate city
Hakodate is the southern-most city in Hokkaido and is a very popular tourist destination as well. The culture here is quite uniques and you will get to see a lot of western influence in the local culture of the people. It is known for its active night life and great Japanese as well as Western cuisines. The best thing about this place is a beautiful scene of the city from nearby highlands due to the amazing lighting of the city.