Hokkaido, Japan: 6 Things to See and Do
Hokkaido is the coldest and the Northmost Island located in Japan. The Japanese call it “the last frontier” of the country, and it is home to the most splendid locales that you will not mind revisiting the place more than once. Unlike other Islands in Japan, Hokkaido is a place that has untouchable wilderness and expansive vistas.
Averagely, 6% of Japan’s population lives on this Island while it is second to largest Island in Japan. Whether you are a local citizen or an international tourist, Hokkaido offers you a lot of activities to do and places to visit and have unlimited fun. Here are the top six things to do in Hokkaido, Japan.
Snow and other winter festivals
March is the best time to visit this place if you want to see snow. Hokkaido is beautiful during winter since a lot of towns hold snow festivals as they celebrate the season. Sapporo snow festival is a popular festival in the country. The season lasts up to mid-February.
While on a visit to Japan, you may want to visit some of the historical landmarks available ranging from shrines, statues, and Buddhist temples. You can also visit the Sapporo Clock Tower. The tower was constructed in the year 1878, and a clock was added to the tower in 1881. Then, there is the Otaru Canal Cruise where you go for a 40-minute boat riding around the canal.
Local art gallery
While on a trip to Hokkaido, make sure you pass through the local art museums as you will find them very interesting. There are the Snow Crystal Museum and the Stained Glass Museum all of which have arts from the late 19th and early 20th-Century artifacts. Apart from the two, there are many other museums to visit while in Japan.
Cycling and walking down Patchwork Road
While flying with a plane above Hokkaido, the neat patches of farmlands will catch your eyes. Each of the patches has different colors that it looks like you are flying over an enormous quilt. This is a great place to take a walk, cycle, or even drive with your family or friends. This area attracts many marketing professionals and is used for different promotional backgrounds.
Line up for ramen at lunch
While in Hokkaido, you have the best chance of eating a bowl of ramen. This is a Japanese delicacy that is famous among the people living in this area. Sapporo has hakodate and miso kind of ramen. There is also a place called Asahiwaka Village. This place hosts eight of the most renowned ramen restaurants in the city.
Spend time with the locals
A trip to Japan is not worth it if you do not find time to spend time with the locals and drink “Kanpai”. There are many beer museums for you to visit if beer is among your favorite drinks. You can enjoy the refreshing dry flavor while at the same time learning about the history of the breweries.
Source: Antony K.
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