Hokkaido, the most northern of Japan’s main islands, is known for volcanoes, thermal hot springs and spectacular natural landscape. Every winter the island is enveloped by snow and turns into one of the world’s leading ski holiday destinations.

Sapporo, the fifth largest city in Japan, is the capital city of Hokkaido and your gateway to the north island. As the host of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games, the city is a great place to start your Japan ski holiday.

Hokkaido is home to over 100 ski resorts offering a great variety of snow experiences for every visitor.

To the west of Sapporo and set against the backdrop of the magnificent Mt. Yotei, Niseko and Rusutsu are popular ski destinations for visitors from across the Asia Pacific region.

Further inland, the Furano Ski Resort is one of Japan’s biggest resorts and offers some of Hokkaido’s best groomed runs and awe-inspiring views.

February is a perfect time to visit Hokkaido as Sapporo comes alive with the annual Snow Festival. Hundreds of snow and ice sculptures line the streets and create a spectacular winter wonderland.

While visiting Hokkaido, make sure you also experience the fantastic local cuisine. The island is famous for its fresh seafood but the Sapporo Ramen Noodles and Mongolian BBQ are also delicious and unique to the region.

It has never been easier to experience the natural beauty and excitement of a ski holiday in Hokkaido. Sapporo Chitose International Airport is an easy 1.5 – 2 hour flight from Tokyo and has convenient direct airline connections with many major Asian cities.

To start planning your trip, contact the team at GAO Snow and let us take the hassle out of organising your ultimate ski holiday.

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Region: Hokkaido