Hokkaidobabibubebo | 30 06 2006
Hokkaido is Japan’s most northern island, largest prefecture and has the harshest winters (often below freezing temperatures and a lot of snow) in Japan. Hokkaido is much less developed than the rest of Japan and has ample wilderness and beautiful scenery. This makes Hokkaido great for hikers, campers and bicyclers in the summer and skiers, snowboarders and snow lovers in the winter.
If you are going to visit any other areas other than Sapporo, I HIGHLY recommend considering renting a car. Not only are a lot of places in Hokkaido spread out, once you get to your destination, public transportation and getting around can start to become very infrequent and inconvenient.
Some places worth considering going to in Hokkaido are:
- Sapporo–Japan’s 5th largest city.
- Hakodate–Famous for it’s spectacular night view.
- Onuma Koen–Quasi National Park close to Hakodate.
- Lake Toya–Famous hotsprings and Japan’s most recent active volcano.
- Furano and Biei–Famous for rolling hills, fields and flowers.
- Rebun and Rishiri–Japan’s northern most islands, both national parks.
- Daisetsuzan–Large national park.
- Shiretoko–Considering to be the last unspoiled are of Japan.
- Akan–Large national park.
From Tokyo it is about 1.5 hour flight (and is one of the world’s busiest flight routes) and one way ticket can cost anywhere from about $150-300.
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