The insider’s look into Hokkaido

Activity Guide

May 8, 2024 by Hattie

Bloomin’ Lovely! Hokkaido’s Trees and Flowers

Hokkaido’s summers may be short, but during its brief tenure, its flowers burst into bloom and its trees become a vibrant green. On our tours from June through to September, we often come across plenty of these beautiful trees and flowers. In today’s blog, Hattie will introduce some of the flora we encounter more regularly on our tours.

Aleutian Avens in bloom in July at the base of Mt. Asahidake.

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    Apr 5, 2024 by Michael

    Shikotsu-Toya Winter Hiking Tour

    Our guests from New Zealand had an amazing time with Adventure Hokkaido guides Tobaji and Yuka on the custom 3 day version of our Shikotsu-Toya 6 Day Winter Hiking Tour. The group enjoyed snowshoeing up Mt. Monbetsu's snowy slopes for sweeping views of frigid Lake Shikotsu, learning more about Ainu culture, taking a closer look at volcanic hot springs and trying out the delectable local cuisine.

    Three guests pose triumphantly at the top of Mt. Mobetsu, holding the summit sign which shows elevation.
  • Travel Tips

    Mar 28, 2024 by Zac

    Independent Travel to Hokkaido

    Independent travel in Hokkaido doesn’t need to be intimidating! While a little more planning and flexibility is needed, Adventure Hokkaido Guide Zac is here to guide you through everything you need to know and to show you that travelling alone in Hokkaido is an unforgettable experience.

    Admiring a fantastic view of Lake Mashu.
  • Travel Tips

    Mar 27, 2024 by Michael

    Going Gluten Free in Hokkaido

    Like veganism and vegetarianism, gluten free diets have yet to make a splash here in Hokkaido. Culturally important ingredients also mean that avoiding gluten completely can be a challenge. However, as Adventure Hokkaido Guide Michael will demonstrate, with a bit of careful planning it’s perfectly possible to navigate Japanese cuisine with a gluten free restriction!

    A hand uses metal tongs to grill meat on a meat grill. There are plates of meat and side dishes around the grill.
  • Travel Tips

    Mar 5, 2024 by Hattie

    Japan Calling! How to Set Up Your Phone for Travel in Hokkaido

    To rent-a-SIM or to not rent-a-SIM? Staying connected while on holiday has never been more important, especially if you plan to venture into Hokkaido’s wilderness. In this blog, we will walk you through all the ways you can set up your phone for travel in Hokkaido.

    A pair of hands hold a smartphone in an outdoor setting. A map app is open on its screen.
  • Culture

    Feb 15, 2024 by Ayaka

    On the Ainu Journey with Adventure Travel

    Ayaka shares her experiences on getting closer to Hokkaido's indigenous people, the Ainu, through her work in adventure travel. Her insightful article will help you to learn more about the Ainu and perhaps inspire you to connect with indigenous cultures in your country, too.

    An Ainu guide wears traditional winter clothing while standing next to frozen Lake Akan
  • Activity Guide

    Feb 10, 2024 by Michael

    Why You Need to Try Cycling in Hokkaido

    Flowers in the fields, clean, sweet air and blue skies! Michael shares what makes cycling in Hokkaido so special, key tips and advice cyclists should know before visiting the island and why you should choose cycling as your Hokkaido summer activity.

    Cycling above Lake Toya on a sunny Hokkaido summer day
  • Travel Tips

    Jan 25, 2024 by Zac

    A Local's Guide to Eating Out in Hokkaido

    Language barriers and unfamiliar cuisine can make eating out in Hokkaido seem daunting at first - but fear not! Adventure Hokkaido's official expert eater Zac is here to help you with all the insider tips you need to enjoy a fantastic meal out in Hokkaido!

    A traditional wooden platter of colourful nigiri sushi (small balls of rice topped with slices of raw fish).
  • Activity Guide

    Dec 7, 2023 by Michael

    A Local's Guide to Snowshoeing in Hokkaido

    Snowshoeing is the best way to enjoy Hokkaido's winter landscape. Michael goes into detail about what snowshoeing is and what you need to know before setting out. And the best part is, no experience is required to enjoy this amazing sport!

    A view of Lake Mashu in winter from a view point. The surface of the lake is covered in big plates of ice. It is a beautiful day with blue sky above.
  • Travel Tips

    Nov 28, 2023 by Hattie

    Layer Up! How to Dress for Hokkaido’s Winter

    It get's cold in Hokkaido! But don't let that put you off from heading out and exploring the winter wonderland. Hattie offers advice on how to bundle up nice and warm in Hokkaido’s subzero winter in preparation for your adventure holiday.

    Two snowshoers pose for a photo with Mt Oakan in the background
  • Activity Guide

    Nov 8, 2023 by Zac

    When is the best time to hike in Hokkaido?

    Adventure Hokkaido Guide Zac breaks down each of the seasons in Hokkaido, explaining what to expect and how to make the most out of each month.