The insider’s look into Hokkaido

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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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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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.

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    Sep 29, 2023 by Yuka

    Hiking Safely in Hokkaido

    In this blog, Yuka gives practical tips on how to stay safe on Hokkaido's trails. While hiking in Hokkaido can be a wonderful and memorable experience, there are one or two things to keep in mind for your safety.

    A view from the slope of Mt. Midori showing striking autumn colors slashing down through green expanses of pine. Snow at a slightly higher elevation offsets this contrast of color with a wintery white.
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    Nov 30, 2021 by Kazu

    Hokkaido Wildlife Guide

    It is no secret that Hokkaido's wildlife is both varied and spectacular. This article shares our favourite wildlife to see in Hokkaido, as well as tips on all the best spots to view them.

    A tancho crane holding withered sasa grass in its beak lands on a snowy field.
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    Jun 22, 2021 by Richard

    What are the best hiking trails in Hokkaido?

    Richard shares his thoughts on the best hiking trails in Hokkaido, from epic trails across Daisetsuzan National Park to day hikes from some of the prefecture's largest cities.

    At Cape Gorota on Rebun Island
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    Nov 5, 2020 by Ayaka

    What is a disposable toilet bag?

    Due to the harsh environment and a lack of toilet facilities, hikers in Hokkaido need to be prepared for when nature calls. The idea of pooping in a bag may be off-putting, but this guide explains how to prepare for when the moment strikes.

    Disposable toilet bag blog
  • Culture

    Apr 23, 2020 by Ayaka

    Ainu Indigenous Cultural Tourism

    In this article, we will discuss where the Ainu originate from, how many Ainu still reside in Hokkaido and discuss how the Ainu perceive the past, present and future of Ainu indigenous cultural tourism.

    Ainu wood carving statue displayed at the museum (Photo courtesy of Aaron Jamieson Photography)