Hokkaido is one of Japan’s largest islands and a hotbed of natural attractions. The country’s northern most isle is wonderfully rugged, playing host to hot springs, pristine lakes and volcanoes, the perfect playground for lovers of the outdoors. Visit in winter to experience some of the best skiing in Asia, or explore in summer when colourful flowers are abundant.
Hokkaido’s ski slopes and powdery white snow draw visitors in the winter months, when off-piste skiing is also increasingly popular. Fly down the slopes to the backdrop of iconic mountains, such as Mount Yotei. In the summer, wander among the fragrant lavender fields of Furano and Biei, explore eastern Hokkaido, home to brown bears and whales, or hike in volcano-laden national parks before rejuvenating tired legs in one of the many scenic hot spring resorts, such as Shiretoko.