Something to do, year round

Hokkaido’s great outdoors beckons, no matter the season

No matter the time of year, the call of Hokkaido’s great outdoors is hard to resist. As spring comes, the melting snow makes the rivers ideal playgrounds for rafting and kayaking with several operators in the area supplying gear and guides. Hikers can climb the peaks, including volcanic Mt Yotei, some slopes are repurposed into mountain bike trails, and road cyclists have hundreds of kilometres of lightly trafficked Hokkaido roads to explore.

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Drivers too will enjoy the excellent road connections. For a shopping and cultural excursion, there’s the lively city of Sapporo, while foodies will want to make a beeline for the seafood mecca of Otaru, or the smaller fishing villages to the west of Niseko. To the southeast, the volcanic sights around bucolic Lake Toya make a worthwhile daytrip, and with a few days to play with, you could even strike off for more distant Hokkaido highlights such as Abashiri or the Shiretoko Peninsula.

Of course, with a lovely home from home to enjoy, you may decide to take it easy, have some ‘you’ time. Our well-appointed properties should have all you need to be plenty comfortable, but if we can, we’d like to suggest one brief outing. That is to a local onsen, or hot spring baths, of which there are several in the Niseko area. This quintessentially Japanese experience is something everyone should try at least once.

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