Japan is more than just the hub of the coolest gadgets and temples. Hokkaido, in northern Japan, offers so much more to amaze you. It makes you want to come back over and over.
It offers unique experiences such as a visit to Okura Observatory Jump Stadium in Sapporo, where you can experience what it feels like to be a ski jumper by going up there on a ski lift. Then there is the creative westernized Shiroi Koibito Park, a good place to hang out for all generations.
Nature in Hokkaido is majestic. Going to the Odate/ Ryusei, Ginga-no-taki waterfalls and riding up the rope way to Kurodake fifth station is simply breathtaking with its snow coated mountain view. This place is covered in yellow and orange during the autumn season. In spring, the cherry blossom in the historical park Goryokaku in Hakodate is wonderful sight.
Because of its fertile soil, and the sea and mountains that surround Hokkaido, it offers a wide variety of seafood and vegetables. Sashimi and crabs are especially good in Otaru and Hakodate as they are fresh and affordable.
The best thing about Hokkaido is they do not have a rainy season so it is also a favorite destination for local tourists. The best time to visit Furano is from the end of July to August when the lavender fields and other flowers bloom. A unique lavender soft cream (ice cream) is also a must try.
Major resorts in Hokkaido such as Hilton Niseko and Hakodate Royal have their own ski facilities and most big resorts offer hot springs where you can relax, heal your tired body and in the cold months, warm yourselves up.
Hokkaido offers so many activities all year round. The warm hospitality of the locals, the fresh seafood dishes and the greenery of Hokkaido will surely make your tour extraordinary.
This is was what we, travel agents from the Philippines, experienced firsthand when we went on our Hokkaido tour from May 11 to May 16. Truly, it was an exceptionally memorable experience.
Ms. Nina Fernandez
Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation