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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

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    Oct 16, 2023 by Hattie

    Preparing for Your First Hokkaido Adventure Holiday

    Hattie talks about her experience on preparing for your first Adventure Holiday in Hokkaido and shares her top tips and tricks on what to expect and how to prepare sufficiently to get the most out of your exciting trip.

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    Aug 25, 2023 by Hattie

    Vegan & Vegetarian in Hokkaido

    Navigating Hokkaido as a vegan or vegetarian poses challenges due to meat-centric traditions. Learn about the impact of dashi and cultural hesitations, explore the historical roots and discover strategies for plant-based eating.

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    May 8, 2023 by Ayaka

    Covid-19 related requirements when travelling to Japan

    This is our guide to visiting Japan as a tourist now that Covid-19 border closures have been lifted. We will endeavour to keep this page up to date but we recommend that you double check official sources before you travel.

    Hokkaido jingu shrine in Sapporo City
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    Nov 20, 2022 by Kazu

    A Local’s Guide to Driving in Hokkaido

    Have questions about getting around by car in Hokkaido? In this article, Kazu gives tips for driving in Hokkaido. A handy guide for anyone planning on renting a car and exploring Hokkaido by road.

    A view of Lake Kussharo from Bihoro Pass.
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    Oct 15, 2022 by Ayaka

    How to Onsen (Like a Local!)

    Dipping in an Onsen, or hot spring, is a post hike ritual for Ayaka! She'll explain all about onsen etiquette, from how to enter the bath to the best way to unwind afterwards so you can dip your toes into this part of our culture!

    Hot-spring water gushes out of a wooden pipe and into a small outdoor bathing pool at Nukabira Onsen.
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    Nov 7, 2021 by Richard

    Hokkaido Travel Tips & Common Questions

    Where is Hokkaido? How do I get there? Do people speak English?! All these questions and more are answered in this handy blog by Richard!

    Rishiri Island at sunset.
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    Sep 22, 2021 by Ayaka

    What to pack for Hokkaido?

    Excited for your trip to Hokkaido, but are unsure about what to bring? This blog post shares tips on what to pack for Hokkaido, plus local insight and advice to help you prepare for your adventure travel to Hokkaido.

    A group of hikers smile and pose for the camera. They are standing around a post marking the summit of Mt Asahidake. A fluffy white cloud fills the sky behind them.
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    Sep 13, 2021 by Ayaka

    How to get to Hokkaido?

    By plane, by train, or by ferry? There are many ways to access Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido. This article goes over the best travel options to Hokkaido from Tokyo, Osaka, as well as other nearby Asian cities and further afield.

    An airplane flies above frost-laden trees.
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    Sep 5, 2021 by Richard

    Why travel to Hokkaido?

    So why visit Hokkaido? In this post, Adventure Hokkaido guide Richard, an Englishman who has found home in Hokkaido, shares what makes Hokkaido makes a perfect travel destination to experience a natural Japan.

    A group take in the colourful rows of flowers at Shikisai no Oka