See Sapporo Through the Seasons From This Hokkaido Hotel: Sapporo View Hotel Oodorikouen A convenient hotel next to Odori Park and some of Hokkaido's biggest events, complete with newly renovated rooms, Sapporo View Hotel Oodorikouen is a great place to stay when exploring Japan. Hokkaido Parfaits: Japan's Perfect Hangover Prevention Method!? Life is sweet in the city of Sapporo, where indulgent drinkers ditch greasy junk food in favor of their favorite parfaits! Tokyo to Hokkaido by Ferry: All the Fun You Can Have Aboard the Sunflower Tokyo to Hokkaido without stepping foot in an airport? Take the Sunflower to find out just how much fun a ferry trip can be! Tokyo to Hokkaido by Ferry: Getting to the Port & Boarding the Sunflower All aboard the Ferry Sunflower! Find out how to get from Tokyo to Oarai Port, and onto the ship! Tokyo to Hokkaido by Ferry: How to Make Reservations on the Sunflower Ready to see Hokkaido? Follow along as we set sail for Sapporo on the Ferry Sunflower, starting from the room reservations! Find Japan's Most Famous Lavender Fields in Hokkaido, at Farm Tomita, Furano Did you know that Japan's luscious lavender fields rival the famous farms of Provence? The Sapporo Beer Museum ・ Brewing History, Sapporo Beer Tasting, and Some Drunken... Everything you ever wanted to know about Sapporo beer, and more. (Plus free beer!) Visiting a Japanese Whisky Distillery in Hokkaido ・ Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery This part of Hokkaido is so known for its whisky, it's sometimes called Japan's “Little Scotland”! Sapporo's Ikura-don Is Like an Overflowing Bowl of Rubies ・ Hokkaido for Foodies Call it ikura or call it salmon caviar, this luxury delicacy makes for a decadent meal in Sapporo! How Hokkaido Became the Heart of Wine-Making in Japan Hokkaido wine's popularity is growing around the world; Hokkaido might be famous for snow, but it's also home to many of the best wineries in Japan! 5 Things to Do in Otaru ・ Sightseeing in Hokkaido's City of Canals From the famous Otaru Canal to whisky, food markets, and mountain hikes, Otaru is a city of unique sights! A Hokkaido Winery Surrounded by the Forest, the Sea, and the Sky ・ Niki Hills Winery Surrounded by vineyards and the wild nature of Hokkaido, this Japanese winery is a destination in and of itself. What to Eat in Otaru ・ Hokkaido for Foodies Hokkaido is known for delicious food, so don't miss the seafood and lamb bbq in Otaru! Melon Ice Cream & Hokkaido Milk Soft Serve in Otaru ・ Hokkaido for Foodies From simple cones to fruity concoctions, we've got some recommendations in Otaru for sweet tooths visiting Hokkaido. 9 Best Sightseeing Spots in Hokkaido ・ Sapporo, Snow, and So Much More! Hokkaido is Japan's northernmost region, and the island is full of unique sightseeing destinations! New Pokemon Fossil Museum Is a Deep Dive Into Pokemon Anatomy (and Some Real Paleontology) Ever wondered how similar a Pokemon and a real dinosaur are? Check out their bones and find out. Glamorous Niseko: Another World of Powder Snow Skiing & Nightlife Make the most out of a winter week or weekend in Niseko, a top Japanese ski resort with the feel of a luxury Alps getaway. From the snow quality to the accommodations, and of course the nightlife, get a feel for the glamor of Niseko. Niseko, Hokkaido: A Top-Tier Japanese Ski Resort & Hotspot for Backcountry Niseko is known for powder snow, backcountry skiing, and plenty of international visitors! These Colorful Japanese Crayons Turn Hokkaido's Damaged Produce Into Art, and Community Supported by famed South Pole explorer Keizo Funatsu and Niki Hills Winery, this project transforms agricultural waste into something new and useful. Coronavirus Means Prices are Dropping on Japan's Most Expensive Fruit Japan's famous Yubari melons are selling for just over 100,000 yen... a shockingly low price for the gourmet fruit. Hokkaido - Ikura (Salmon Roe, イクラ) - The Gems of Japan's Ocean Sooth your soul with a glimpse of some of Japan's most beautiful scenery (and food!), like the luxe gourmet treat of Hokkaido's ikura-don. #SeeYouSoonJapan Hokkaido - Otaru Canal (小樽運河) - An Otaru Must-See Sooth your soul with a glimpse of some of Japan's most beautiful scenery, such as Otaru, a favorite among Hokkaido sightseers, and its scenic Otaru Canal. #SeeYouSoonJapan Hokkaido - Shirogane Aoi Ike (Shirogane Blue Pond/白金青い池) - A Biei Beauty Spot Sooth your soul with a glimpse of some of Japan's most beautiful scenery, starting with the central Hokkaido town of Biei, and its magical Blue Pond. #SeeYouSoonJapan For the Most Convenient Taste of Sapporo's Fresh Seafood: Maido! After a long, happy day seeing the sights of Hokkaido, the last thing you want to do is wander the city on tired feet, searching for a good-looking Sapporo restaurant for dinner. That's why, on our recent excursion to Japan's north, we were so happy to find Maido! just steps from the south exit of downtown Sapporo Station. And, better yet, it turned out to be the perfect place to sample some of the flavors that most represent Hokkaido: fresh-caught seafood, Hokkaido butter and soy sauce, even a little slurp of Hokkaido melon. Delicious and easily-accessible to boot, this Sapporo izakaya restaurant comes highly-recommended.