Wednesday 21 November 2012

Hokkaido Escapade!

Hokkaido in winter isn't only about its famous powdery snow skiing slopes, warm onsen and delicious food. With beautiful scenery and amazing sightseeing attractions, it remains popular with tourists all over the world.

Here's a suggested itinerary to see the sights and sounds (not to mention the food) in Hokkaido:

Day 2:  Tokachigawa

Salmon Park allows visitors to learn how the salmon struggle to swim up the Chitose River. 

 It's tough being a salmon.

The Sweetpla Garden is the factory of Hokkaido's popular Ryugetsu candy maker. Time to get stuffed! :)

Sweet Treats!

Day 3: Tokachigawa - Furano 

Lake Shikaribetsu, the highest lake in Hokkaido, is located at an elevation of 803m. 

Furano Cheese Factory produces an assortment of delicious cheeses along with other dairy products.

Day 4: Furano - Biei

The Flowerland Kamifurano, located at Biei, has beautiful flower gardens. Visitors can have endless amounts of photo opportunities here, and can try their hand at making their own Lavender Pillow with dried lavender leaves. Sjikisai Hill has wonderful views of the flower fields and hills.

Next up is the Ginga & Ryusei Falls, which are the most beautiful waterfalls in the valleys of Sounkyo. Do you know that these waterfalls are also known as the"Husband and Wife" waterfalls? 

Day 5: Biei - Sapporo
Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido, and it is where the Kurodake Ropeway can be found. Taking the Ropeway enables the enjoyment of the magnificent scenery. 

At Asahikawa, the Otokoyama Sake Brewery has over 340 years history of sake brewing, where visitors can taste the famous sake produce and learn more about the culture and history of sake making.

Day 6: Sapporo - Otaru
Enjoy fresh fruits and fruit picking at a fruit farm. You can eat the freshly plucked fruits on the spot!

At Otaru Canal, stroll around the century-old stone warehouses in the lively port city of Otaru. Be amazed at the craftsmanship of  the Japanese at the Kitachi Glass Shop where glass tableware are intricately handmade, and admire music boxes at the Music Box Hall

Intricate handicrafts

Visit the Former Hokkaido Government Building made from 19th century red bricks. Separating Sapporo into north and south,  do visit Odori Street, the center of Sapporo too.

And not forgetting the delicious food along the way, including the popular Hokkaido Giant Crab!

So hop on a plane to Hokkaido today and create your very own Hokkaido escapade! :)

Article written by NATAS Travel.

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