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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVAL:
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Began in 1950 by a group of local high school students, the Sapporo Snow Festival today is one of Japan’s largest winter events. With over two million local and international visitors coming to celebrate, it is an event not to be missed.
Enjoy a fun and interactive experience with adorable penguins, polar bears, and other animals. The Asahiyama Zoo has made tremendous efforts in designing and creating spaces where visitors can observe every animal in their natural habitat up close.
Taking place along the Ishikari River at the base of the Sounkyo Onsen, the Ice Waterfall Festival always features an impressive multi-story structure made almost entirely out of ice. Other attractions include large snow domes, ice sculptures, a snow tubing run, and a stage built out of snow where various events are held. Pale blue during the day, watch the entire festival illuminated with colorful lights at night.
Drift ice can be seen on the Okhotsk Sea during the winter time and from the coast of Abashiri, guests can take an icebreaker cruise to see drift ice first hand. Feel the ship smashing through blocks of ice at a speed of 3 knots/h.
Located on the top of Mt. Tentozan, learn about the science behind drift ice and see the adorable clione, commonly known as sea angel. The museum offers a -15c° room that simulates drift ice experience year round. Step inside the room to touch drift ice and watch how a wet towel is frozen within seconds.
Located in the north-east of Hokkaido, Shiretoko peninsula is rich in natural resources. Considered to be the last pristine wilderness remaining in Japan, Shiretoko, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, is home to many endangered species and rare plants.
Utoro is the largest town along the western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula. It is also the gateway into Shiretoko Peninsula.
Stay current on Shiretoko’s sites and learn about the proper etiquettes and rules of observing Shiretoko’s nature. Visitors can also see life-size photographs of animals such as blakiston’s fish-owl, brown bears, and deer of Shiretoko at the center.
Lake Kussharo is a caldera lake and one of the largest lakes in Japan to completely freeze over during the winter. While the lake is frozen, geothermal springs prevents any ice from forming along the sandy beaches. Here is where you will find 300 Whooper swans returning every winter to bathe and roam.
Kushiro is one of the most important economic, political, and cultural hubs in eastern Hokkaido. It is known as the city of fog with similar climate to San Francisco during the summer. Kushiro is also the largest fishing port in Hokkaido with the highest number of catches in Japan.
Lake Shikaribetsu, also known as “Lake of the Sky”, is located in Daisetsu National Park. During winter, the lake is frozen over and a village of igloos is built. There are also open-air baths filled with water from Shikaribetsu Onsen, ice bar, and other winter events hosted on the lake.
Located near Odori Park in one of the most charming areas of Sapporo, this hotel provides easy access to many attractions and shopping.
Sapporo Grand Hotel was established in 1934 as Hokkaido's first-ever genuine Western-style hotel. The hotel commands a prime location in the center of Sapporo with convenient access to subway and JR Sapporo stations. The underground pass located in front of the hotel also connects busy shopping areas of Susukino and Tanukikoji so you may enjoy shopping without worrying about the weather.
Sapporo Prince Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Sapporo close to local shopping and restaurants. It is only 5mins from Sapporo train station and 28miles from New Chitose Airport (CTS). Guests can also soak away travel fatigue in the hotel's open-air hot spring.
Relax in the outdoor hot springs surrounded by the snowy mountains of Sounkyo. This hotel offers majestic panoramic view of the mountain range and beautiful gorge.
At this resort, taste fresh seasonal delicacy of Okhotsk and experience the natural healing properties of the unique hot springs.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Okhotsk coast from the top floor observation deck. This hotel is located near the Utoro port, an area with abundant natural resources. Guests can taste many fresh local specialties.
This Ryokan style hotel features amazing views of the Sea of Okhotsk and surrounding areas. Take some time to soak in the hotel's indoor and outdoor Utoro onsen to relax and rejuvenate.
Let this charming onsen town and hotel take your stress away. High quality and rich quantity hot spring water flows here from Mt. Iou, an active volcano about 30mins away. Don’t forget to try their foot bath, a local specialty.