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Hokkaido Tours

Hokkaido is a winter wonderland. Enjoy Japanese après-ski, onsen culture and hearty northern cuisine.

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A custom Hokkaido tour reveals a lesser-seen, least-developed side of Japan—a place where rugged charm and pristine wilderness contrast starkly with the modern glitz of Mainland Japan. Boasting some of the nation’s most unspoiled countryside, the second-largest and northernmost island of Japan is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts in the summer, and skiers and snowboarders in the winter. World-famous Hokkaido ski resorts such as those in Niseko Valley regularly top skiers’ lists as must-ski destinations. Throw into the mix a lively urban scene in Sapporo, delicious regional specialties (including beer!), intriguing indigenous culture and a world-renowned annual snow festival, and Hokkaido proves itself as one of Japan’s most surprising destinations.

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Genuine Reviews of Our Tours of Hokkaido & Japan

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4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 137 reviews)
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Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
July 28, 2019

Highly recommended! No worries. Excellent organization

Kristel S

Holiday in Japan

4.0 rating
June 1, 2019

Fabrice Barbin was excellent on communication and responsiveness. The guides were excellent and all the hosts who met us were there as planned…no hic-ups. Thank you. The only concern, were we felt the itinerary was not unique and something we couldn’t have done ourselves or with another agency. We organized the Mario cars, a food tour on our own. We also learned our first day the boat ride on the itinerary wasn’t operating, so we had to re-arrange, which the guide paid for.

Donald L

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
May 28, 2019

Communicated clearly and helpfully over an extended period several months before our trip to suggest, advise and recommend places to see and how to go about it. They engaged professional local guides for one full day private tour in each major city and provided good information for how we could get about on our own the other days. They booked the hotels and provided flexible train tickets so that we could make changes if and when we desired.

Mark N

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
March 30, 2019

Backyard Travel’s customer service is excellent, we changed our itinerary a few times and this was accommodated without question and expediently. The self guide app includes the complete itinery along with recommended places to eat and attractions nearby we found really helpful. The local guides were informative and helpful too guiding it’s around the underground and taxis until we felt like locals.
I am hoping to book another experience with them soon.

Rana K

Holiday in Japan

5.0 rating
March 18, 2019

Excellent, thorough, with follow-up and every detail taken care of, as arranged

Maureen B

Holiday in Japan

3.0 rating
December 4, 2018

Generally things went well. We were told our documents would be waiting for us at our hotel. Someone forgot to send them, so we had to chase them. Overall though very pleased

David W

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Why touring Hokkaido with Backyard Travel?

Because we understand that travel is an investment in time, money and energy, we work hard to ensure you avoid common travel hiccups. Whether you wish to ski, relax in an onsen or simply sip a cold Sapporo beer right at the source, let us exceed your expectations—we’ll give you the Hokkaido tour of a lifetime.



Insider Experiences

Why not dig a little deeper on your custom tour of Hokkaido? Our locally based Hokkaido Travel Specialists are happy to guide you off the beaten path, share their favorite sites, and give you rare insider experiences.



Private Guides & Transport

Enjoy total freedom to travel your way with a private guide. We’ll adapt each outing to your specifications to help you create the Hokkaido holiday you envision. We also offer private transport so you can travel in comfort.



Local Expertise

Backyard Travel offers real, local expertise from the region’s best travel professionals. Come with us and you’ll explore Hokkaido like a pro, from traditional ryokan stays to ski holidays in pristine powder.



Fully Tailor-made Itinerary

We invite you to dream up your own custom Hokkaido holiday. We promise no interest is too niche, nor any dream too outlandish. Let us tailor your travel itinerary to fulfill your vision.



Sustainable Travel

Backyard Travel is travel with a conscience. On our tours, we endeavor to make positive social impacts, reduce carbon footprints and preserve natural landscapes where possible.



Dream Holidays

Go on and get dreamy as you prepare for your Hokkaido tour. Take advantage of our private guides, local expertise, custom itineraries and insider experiences to create your own once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

What’s Special about Hokkaido?

Hokkaido breaks stereotypes. While much of Japan might seem like the trend-conscious, urban hub of Asia, tours in Hokkaido reveal a Japan with a slower pace and more rugged lifestyles. You’ll find sublime slopes at Niseko Ski Resort, northern hospitality in Sapporo, and fascinating Ainu culture throughout the island.

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Indigenous Culture

In addition to its expansive natural vistas, Hokkaido is home to a unique indigenous culture. The Ainu people have largely assimilated into Japanese society, but their proud heritage, legends and lore continue to influence Hokkaido culture.

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Unique Climate

Hokkaido is much colder than the rest of Japan, with four distinct seasons and a long, snowy winter. In the summer, average high temperatures reach roughly 22 degrees Celsius.

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Unspoiled Nature

The nature found here is unlike that of the rest of Japan. Here, wide-open spaces, snow-capped mountains, family farms and vast flower fields reign. Even the ocean and its rocky cliffs have a distinctly northern feel.

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Outdoor Activities

While Hokkaido’s snow-capped peaks offer skiers and snowboarders a powdery paradise, the volcanic hot springs here will have you appreciating the island’s onsen culture.

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Après-Ski

While the main entertainment is whizzing down a dazzling white slope, Hokkaido also offers great food, nightlife and après-ski hotspots. Niseko’s entertainment scene offers roughly 100 lively restaurants and bars, while a trip into Sapporo will fulfill all your entertainment needs.

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Pioneer Spirit

Until roughly the late 1800s, Hokkaido was the land of the indigenous Ainu people and a rugged frontier in the eyes of mainlanders. Even after the island was developed and settled by mainland Japanese, a strong pioneer spirit remains.

Meet Our Hokkaido Travel Specialists

Backyard Travel is dedicated to meeting your specific travel wishes. Contact our team of Travel Specialists to begin planning your northern adventure in Hokkaido, Japan.

Joy

Asia Travel Specialist

Tuck

Japan Travel Specialist

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