Latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that Japan is more popular than ever with a 22.5 per cent increase in visitors for the period of Jan–May 2016.
Hokkaido holds particular appeal for travellers in the northern winter due to its snow-capped peaks and unbeatable ski resorts including Niseko, which is renowned for its consistent light, powdery snow, and Rusutsu.
But with stunning lakes, hiking trails and hot springs, Hokkaido is a great year-round destination. Autumn is the time to explore Lake Toya and its volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. In spring, nature lovers can enjoy Rebun Island, 50 kilometres off the coast of Hokkaido, with its abundance of rare alpine flowers, green spaces, and striking coastline. And come summer, Jigokudani in Noboribetsu, or ‘Hell Valley,’ sees an unforgettable ‘demon’s fireworks’ display, complete with dancing Yukijin demons, light up the edge of the valley.
Check out HotelsCombined’s Where To Stay in Hokkaido: The Ultimate Seasonal Travel Guide for a comprehensive list of the top seasonal hotels in Hokkaido, as well as the exciting things to do and see for every season.