Hokkaido is vast in size, so it is sometimes divided into four areas and the downtown Sapporo for convenience. The Central Area includes Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido. Even though the region has the largest city close by, it also has idyllic hill zones only 90 minutes drive away by car. Nature blends beautifully with the city function and the area is full of excitement and many leisure activities including shopping.
During winter time, it is highly recommended to experience outdoor activities on snow. Skiing and snowboarding on excellent powder snow are must do’s, plus snowboarding on the snowfield and banana-boat on the frozen lake are assures you to have great fun. You also cannot miss taking a bath in an outdoor hot-spring and enjoy very Japanese atmosphere while you are in Hokkaido.
Drift ice appears on the Ohotsuku Sea in the winter is mysterious. Thick huge chunks of ice are coming to the coast from far East. A view of the dynamic and beautiful drift ice is one of the highlights of the Hokkaido’s sightseeing attractions in winter, so feel free to experience the power of nature. It is highly recommended to go on the vessel proceeding through thick ice, the sound of striking the chunks of ice gives you an exciting experience.