Scenery aside, Hokkaido is also brimming with history and
culture as the region has been home to indigenous Ainu people for
centuries. Their culture and history is represented in annual
festivals with the island boasting over 1,200 a year (and we're not
just talking little fetes), so there's an endless number to attend.
In winter the Sapporo Snow Festival is the biggest event, while
summer sees a celebration of flora and fauna at the Furano Lavender
The low humidity in summer makes it a pleasant season to explore
Daisesuzan and Shikotsu- Toya National Park, bathe in hot springs
and trek through the Kushior wetlands. Alternatively, in winter
cold air comes in across the Sea of Japan and drops amazingly dry
powder making Hokkaido a ski haven.