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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

MODEL ROUTE Hokkaido

Route (Day 1)

New Chitose Airport → (90 minutes by JR Rapid Airport and JR Limited Express Super Ozora) → Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU is located in Shimukappu village of Yufutsu district, very close to the central part of Hokkaido. It is a naturally abundant area, with over 90% of the village covered in woodland, and is very popular among both domestic and foreign tourists as a major resort where you can enjoy various activities throughout the year. This time, we are introducing some of the best winter attractions of Tomamu that can be enjoyed from early December till late March.

Snow Activities

With magnificent sites and best quality snow, Tomamu offers a diverse range of snow activities for visitors. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can enjoy snow car tours, snow cart, and backcountry skiing.

Ice Village

The Ice Village, which is made only during the winters, offers an altogether a new sensational experience spots, where you can enjoy a variety of attractions in a fantasy world of churches, hotels and other facilities built with ice.

Terrace of Frost Trees

The Terrace of Frost Trees is one of the most scenic spots at Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, and can be accessed by a single “Unkai Gondola” ride. The scene of trees covered in frost, gleaming pure white on the majestic mountainside is mystical and sublime.

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU
Address: Naka-Tomamu, Shimukappu-mura, Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido
URL: https://www.snowtomamu.jp/winter/en/ (English)

Soup Curry

Just like Indian curry, “soup curry,” which originated in Sapporo, Hokkaido, is characterised by rich and delicious, soupy gravy. The dish has its original roots from China & South Korea with medical herb hotpots including plenty of vegetables making it light & healthier. Soup curry includes plenty of vegetables cut chunkily, making it a light and healthy dish. Chicken is often used, but vegetarian versions that include just vegetables are also available.

Soup Curry GARAKU
Address: B1F Okumura Building, Minami 2-jo Nishi 2-6-1, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido

Route (Day 2)

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU → (120 minutes by JR Limited Express Super Ozora and bus) → Historical Village of Hokkaido → (50 minutes by train) → Sapporo Station area

Historical Village of Hokkaido

The Historical ‘'Kaitaku Village of Hokkaido'' in Sapporo city is a museum popular among tourists that was restored around 150 years ago & vibrantly show cases life in Hokkaido, when the region first began to be populated as a part of Japan. Inside the facility, visitors can take a ride on a horse-drawn tram from spring to autumn and a horse-drawn sled through the snow from winter to spring. The museum has a number of exhibits that provide a vivid sense of the atmosphere of those times, and is very enjoyable for both adults and children.

Historical Village of Hokkaido
Address: 50-1 Konopporo, Atsubetsu-cho, Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido URL: http://www.kaitaku.or.jp/info/info.htm (English)

Area around Sapporo Station

Sapporo Station, located at the heart of Sapporo city, is the transport and commercial hub of Hokkaido. In addition to being a major shopping zone, represented by the JR Tower, which is directly linked to the train station, the area is also a central location for tourism, gourmet restaurants, art and other cultural offerings. Here we introduce some of the major tourist attractions around Sapporo Station.

Sapporo Clock Tower

The Sapporo Clock Tower, designated as an Important Cultural Heritage Property of Japan, is within 10 minutes walking distance from Sapporo Station. The building is standing tall since 130 years and is attractive spot, with a clock lodged in its triangular roof. A number of tourists visit just to have a glimpse of it.

Sapporo Clock Tower Address: Kita 1-jo Nishi 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
URL: http://sapporoshi-tokeidai.jp/english/ (English)

Sapporo TV Tower

The Odori Park is the main street of Sapporo, dividing the north and south parts of the city at the middle. Sapporo TV Tower, constructed around 70 years ago, is located at the start of this main street. This major landmark of Sapporo has a shopping floor and an observatory at a height of 90 m that offers a panoramic view of the Sea of Japan on a clear day.

Sapporo TV Tower
Address: Odori Nishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
URL: http://www.tv-tower.co.jp/en/ (English)

Sapporo Snow Festival

The Sapporo Snow Festival, held from early- to mid-February, is a major event in Hokkaido that draws many tourists every year. Enormous snow and ice sculptures, made with great attention to detail, line the streets. In the evenings, they are lit up with fantastic illuminations.

Sapporo Snow Festival
Venue:
Odori Koen Nishi 1-chome to Nishi 12-chome (Odori Site) Sapporo sports facility “Tsudome” (Tsudome Site)
Ekimae-dori (Station Avenue) from Minami 4-jo to Minami 7-jo (Susukino Site)
URL: http://www.snowfes.com/english/index.html (English)