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.