Japan - Sapporo & Hokkaido (Chapter)
This is the Sapporo & Hokkaidō chapter from Lonely Planet’s Japan guidebook.
Hokkaidō defies the image of Japan as a crowded nation. It’s a different world up here, or at least it feels like it, with 20% of Japan’s land area but only 5% of its population. The island is winning a reputation as a haven for thrill-seeking travellers wanting to ski and hike in its mountains, explore its magnificent national parks, relax in its hidden onsen (hot springs), and experience its offerings at their own pace. Enjoy it at your leisure.
- saying goodbye to stress as you steam at Noboribetsu Onsen
- staring down a Hello Kitty snow-woman at the Sapporo Snow Festival
- strolling through 19th-century streetscapes in historic Hakodate
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Sapporo, Southern Hokkaidō, Hakodate & around, Ōnuma Regional Park, Central Hokkaidō, Otaru, Niseko, Shikotsu-Tōya National Park, Tomakomai, Northern Hokkaidō, Asahikawa, Furano, Daisetsuzan National Park, Wakkanai, Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, Eastern Hokkaidō, Abashiri, Shari, Shiretoko National Park, Akan National Park, Kushiro Wetlands National Park, Kushiro, and Tokachi.
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