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Cheap flights to Hokkaido

The island of Hokkaido is the second largest of Japan’s, and also it’s northernmost and least-developed prefecture. The island is famous for its beautiful scenery, mostly untouched by man, and is a popular tourist destination for outdoors-lovers, with various types of winter and summer sporting activities (including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling and camping) available during their respective seasons. The island also boasts numerous mountains, volcanoes, and national parks. It is considered the 21th largest island in the world (as of September 2014) and has Sapporo, its largest city, as its capital.

Its weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas, while in summer it does not get as hot and humid as in the other parts of the country.

With its unspoiled nature, Hokkaido attracts many outdoor lovers, including skiers and snowboarders in the colder seasons and hikers, cyclists and campers from June to September.

Though Hokkaido is an island, don’t underestimate the time it takes to get around - it is, after all, considered one of the larger islands of the world. One of the best ways to get around different cities in Hokkaido is by train; the rail network is extensive, punctual and reliable. For tourists, the JR Hokkaido Pass is recommended as it allows access to all JR trains within Hokkaido, making train travel both cost- and time-efficient. Otherwise, long-distance buses are a cheaper but slower alternative to explore the island, and also reach smaller towns and villages not accessible by train.

The city of Sapporo is the prefectural capital of Hokkaido, and is famous for being the city that hosted the 1972 Winter Olympic Games. If you’re in Sapporo do drop by the Sapporo Winter Sports museum to have a glimpse of what it is like to be one of the athletic Gods competing at the Olympics for the title of ultimate God. From viewing actual documents used in the 1972 Olympics at the Exhibit Zone to experiencing how athletes actually feel through game simulations at the Sensation/Experience Zone, there is no closer way for you to partake in the intense emotion and historical magnitude of the Olympics, short of taking part in one yourself.

After all that athletic intensity, visit the Hokkaido Shrine for a bit of spiritual relaxation. Built in 1800s, the shrine covers an area of 180,000sqm and holds more than 1000 cherry blossom trees, making for quite an impressive sight during cherry blossom season in early May. Besides viewing one of Japan’s most beautiful temples, you can also get an Omikuji (fortune written on a slip of paper) for a few hundred yen. Pick your fortune from a box, and keep it in your wallet if it is a good one. If it is not, tie it on a nearby rack and simply get another one. Where else will you ever get a say in your fortune?

Flights to Hokkaido

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