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Hokkaido

Japan’s northern frontier is a captivating island of drift ice, ski resorts, thermal springs and volcanoes. Discover mouthwatering seafood and ancient Ainu culture.  

Bask in the outdoor adventures and spectacular natural beauty of Hokkaido. A former host of the Winter Olympics, the snowy island attracts visitors in search of superb skiing and the chance to observe drift ice from Russian seas. In summer Hokkaido excites with volcano treks and the breathtaking autumn colors that decorate the mountainous countryside.

Sapporo is the island capital and energetic heart of the Central Area (Douou), home to the Sapporo Beer Museum, Susukino entertainment district and Ramen Yokocho noodle alley. Snowy pursuits await powder hounds at ski resorts in Niseko and Rusutsu. Relax in bubbling hot springs in Noboribetsu and hike scenic trails in Noboribetsu Primeval Forest. Marvel at the piercing-blue caldera lakes of Shikotsu-Tōya National Park.

In the Northern Area (Douhoku), Furano dazzles with its multicolored dahlia, lavender and tulip fields between spring and autumn. Ride a gondola to the Unkai Terrace to watch a sea of clouds pour over tall cliffs. Tantalize your taste buds in Asahikawa, the island’s hub for ramen noodles, seafood and sake. Catch a ferry to Rishiri Island, where fishing villages sit beneath Mount Rishiri.

Mystical landscapes and wildlife define the remote Eastern Area (Doutou). Go ice-walking in Shiretoko National Park and see oceanic drifts that arrive from the Sea of Okhotsk. Spot brown bear while hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park and journey by cable car to the summit of Mount Asahidake. Kushiro Marsh is a natural habitat for the red-crowned Tancho crane. Find more hot springs scattered around the shores of Lake Kussharo.

With over the 350 stalls offering seafood delicacies, the Morning Market in Hakodate is a foodie’s paradise. This city in the Southern Area (Dounan) also has magnificent views from Mount Hakodate. Admire the coastal scenery at Cape Tachimachi, the final resting place of Takuboku Ishikawa, one of Japan’s most well-known tanka poets.

Reach Hokkaido by flying to New Chitose Airport or via a bullet train which travels from Aomori, on the northern tip of Honshu island, to Hakodate. Get around this enthralling island by affordable buses, express trains, bike and car.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Hokkaido?

A: Why waste precious time waiting on buses when you could be cruising in your very own rental car? Whether you're going to Sapporo, Asahikawa or another major city, a car is one of the best ways to take in the sights. If you plan to explore the region of Sorachi or even farther afield, a rental makes even more sense. For Cheap Car Hire in Hokkaido, look no further than Expedia.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Hokkaido?

A: The following airports service the bulk of international air traffic in and out of Hokkaido:

  • Sapporo (CTS-New Chitose): 793 international flights per month.
  • Hakodate (HKD): 50 international flights per month.
  • Asahikawa (AKJ): 8 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Hokkaido?

A: Hokkaido has plenty of options for all types of budgets. If you'd love a break from reality, there's no shortage of hotels. Apartments, hostels and ryokans are also a hit with visitors.

Q: What does a Hokkaido vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: You can begin by selecting your hotel, car and flight. Lock in as little or as much as you like. Next comes the more exciting stuff — booking awesome activities and unique experiences. With loads of wonderful options to choose from, arranging your upcoming vacation in Hokkaido will be a piece of cake.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Hokkaido?

A: Book a package with Expedia. It's really that easy. Flights, Hotels, Rental Cars — choose what you need for your Hokkaido escape and watch your savings add up. It's time to start organizing your dream vacation (and save a few bucks to boot).

Q: What are the best things to do in Hokkaido?

A: Many people flock to Sapporo JR Tower and Sapporo Beer Museum when in Sapporo. Hokkaido Museum is also worth a look.

Asahiyama Zoo, Asahi-Dake and Sounkyo Hot Spring are well worth exploring if Asahikawa is where you're likely to be spending most of your time.

Finally, if Hakodate is the only place you're stopping this time around, allow time to visit Yunokawa Hot Spring, Mount Hakodate and Goryokaku Tower.




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Mercure Hotel Sapporo ¥5,455
Reviewed on Apr 12, 2020
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Mercure Hotel Sapporo

Mercure Hotel Sapporo

2-4 Minami 4-jo, Nishi 2-chome Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    I liked the Cleaness and Hospitality of the staff. If there were some CAFE in the hotel not restaurant, I enjoyed little bit more.

    APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae ¥2,893
    Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020
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    APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae

    APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino-Ekimae

    Nishi 2-2, Minami 4 Chuou-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
       
      4.0 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great Location, subway station right at the hotel door!

      Hotel Okura Sapporo ¥7,438
      Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020
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      Hotel Okura Sapporo

      Hotel Okura Sapporo

      9-1 Nishi 5 Chome Minami 1-Jo Chuo-Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Room decor n lighting are excellent compared to Sapporo downtown hotels. Location is a bit off from Central Station but without big luggage, it’s not at all difficult to walk to from Station.

        ibis Styles Sapporo ¥5,955
        Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020
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        ibis Styles Sapporo

        ibis Styles Sapporo

        Nishi 3chome 10 10, Minami 8jo Chuo Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The gym is an amazing facility & it’s so convenient with the access to Lawson 24/7!

          Dormy Inn Tomakomai Natural Hot Spring ¥5,516
          Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019
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          Dormy Inn Tomakomai Natural Hot Spring

          Dormy Inn Tomakomai Natural Hot Spring

          2 -1-22 Nishikimachi, Tomakomai, Hokkaido
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Enjoyable Very pleasant

            Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono ¥31,000
            Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
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            Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono

            Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono

            Aza Iwaobetsu Kutchan co, Kutchan, Hokkaido
               
              4.5 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              この度は憧れのスキーリゾートのこちらのホテルに宿泊できることを心待ちにしていました。 コロナウイルス大流行の中でしたが、数日滞在しました。 日本語はあまり通じない!ということは、知っていたのですが、ホテルのフロントのスタッフは一生懸命に日本語で対応してくれて、嬉しかったですが、細かなニュアンスは通じているか不安な時は英語で話しました。 そう、ホテルは素晴らしく スキーをした後に優雅な空間で疲れた体を癒したい!リゾートを日本で体感したかったので、そんな方にはぴったりのホテルでした。 ホテルのホームページにはあまり、記載がないのですが、 プールも温泉もあって、大きさなど期待以上に快適で、プールは長さもあり、しっかり泳げます。 ...

              Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori ¥4,637
              Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020
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              Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori

              Tmark City Hotel Sapporo Odori

              7-12-1 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                 
                4.6 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                The location was brilliant and the service just fabulous. Breakfast wonderful and I had the best time. I loved the room designs being mixed western/ japanese.. and the view was great. SUPER happy and I'm planning another trip during beer festival or maybe Odori Matsuri season.

                nest HOTEL sapporo odori ¥3,452
                Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020
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                nest HOTEL sapporo odori

                nest HOTEL sapporo odori

                5-26-1 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
                   
                  4.1 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Breakfast was excellent. Delicious options and a nice view

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