Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest and most northern island. During winter the island is covered in a blanket of thick white snow and its surrounding seas turn to ice. Those who like to ski and snowboard will definitely find their next mountain to slide down. The ski resorts at Niseko and Rusutsu are by far the most popular destinations of this sort in Hokkaido. Hokkaido’s largest city, Sapporo, attracts he eyes of the world every February for its Snow Festival when many statues and sculptures made of ice and snow are exhibited for all to see.
During the rest of the year Hokkaido’s vast natural beauty, which includes over eight large natural parks, attracts many hikers, cyclists and campers. Daisetsuzan, located east of Sapporo, is the largest natural park as well as a great destination to enjoy a relaxing onsen (hot springs). Whereas Daisetsuzan offers an endlessly green horizon, the nearby Lake Shikotse on the other hand is a large caldera lake with a moonlike landscape.