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Any preconceptions about Japan as a crowded landmass will be swiftly put to bed when you visit the country's northernmost island - Hokkaido. Where the main island of Honshu sees multiple millions of people crowded on narrow coastal plains, Hokkaido is a vast island sprawling with wildlife, green foliage and breath-taking mountains; in short it's an outdoor lover's paradise.

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 Festival.

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.

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Hokkaido in Style
This thirteen day itinerary to the northern island of Hokkaido is perfect for second timers looking to get off Japan's beaten track or, for those...
13 Days
From £8,825pp
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'JaPow' In Niseko

Ride the white slopes of Mountain Niseko-Annupuri and be mesmerized by the 'japow' experience - the best powder snow in the world. Steer through the open powder bowls and the ghostly tree runs and drink in the pristine scenery. Embark on a helicopter tourto get a panoramic perspective overmighty Mount Yotei and give winter horse riding a go. Après-ski, relax in the warm waters of a traditional onsen.

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Colourful Biei

Immerse yourself in the rural landscapes of the Furano and Biei areas to see the beautiful fields of multicoloured flowers. Take the Patchwork Road to admire the countryside scenes and the Panorama Road for fragrant purple lavender fields where you can enjoy some refreshing flower-flavoured ice-cream. Final stop-off is the amazing azure coloured Blue Pond to snap some photos of the magnificent mineral-rich waters.

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Dance Of The Cranes

'Fold a thousand cranes and the gods will fulfil your heart's desire' so goes an old Japanese saying. If your desire is to see the beautiful red-crowned cranes - a national treasure of Japan - perform their dance during the mating season, then head to the village of Tsurui, in Hokkaido. This elegant dance is unique to each pair; they will conduct it every winter, for many years to come.

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