Hokkaido Adventure Travel Blog

The insider’s look into Hokkaido

  • Travel Tips

    Feb 28, 2021 by Ayaka

    Best places to visit in Hokkaido

    What are the best places to visit in Hokkaido? Where do locals take their friends when they come for a visit? Well, our handy guide to Hokkaido's top spots has got you covered!

    The bright green moss corridor at Mt. Tarumae.
  • Travel Tips

    Feb 9, 2021 by Ayaka

    What to do in Hokkaido?

    There is a lot to do in Hokkaido! Our founder Ayaka shares her favourite Hokkaido activities across all seasons, from snowshoeing to sea kayaking,

    Alpine hiking in Daisetsuzan - What to do in Hokkaido
  • Travel Tips

    Jan 20, 2021 by Kazu

    What is the best way to travel around Hokkaido?

    Sapporo to Daisetsuzan? By bus or by train? This article explains common ways of getting around Hokkaido, and gives insider tips on how to best get to the destinations most popular with adventurous travellers.

    Train in Hokkaido travelling through a gorge in autumn - How much does it cost to travel in Hokkaido?
  • Travel Tips

    Dec 7, 2020 by Ayaka

    What is the best time to visit Hokkaido?

    Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is famous for its outdoor activities and stunningly beautiful scenery. But when is the best time to visit? This blogpost helps travellers pick the best time for their unique preferences.

    Spring flowers in the Hokkaido Mountains
  • Travel Tips

    Nov 8, 2020 by Richard

    Hokkaido Tours – An introduction

    Japan is a top travel destination around the world, and its “North Island” of Hokkaido has acquired a top spot on many travellers' wish lists. Even if you don’t speak Japanese, taking a tour in Hokkaido is easy. Adventure Hokkaido guide Richard introduces the different types of Hokkaido tours available and how to find the right fit for your trip.

    At the first view point with Asahidake on the backdrop (behind the clouds)
  • Activity Guide

    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
  • Gallery

    Sep 23, 2020

    Adventure Hokkaido Guide Training

    In September 2020, the Adventure Hokkaido guide team headed out into Daisetsuzan National Park on our annual guide training trip. We shared a great 5 days of hiking, rafting, discovering hot springs, eating wonderful Japanese food and learning more about the natural environment and indigenous Ainu culture. Thanks to everyone for coming along. Here are some of our favourite pictures from the trip.

    Group photo at Midori Numa
  • 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)
  • Culture

    Jan 24, 2020 by Ayaka

    Travel deeper into the world of onsen

    Discover the cultural significance of onsen to Japanese and why Hokkaido's onsen are so very special in the context of adventure travel.

    A wooden bath tub filled with water at Asahidake Onsen