Hokkaido is the best place for winter sports because of its cold temperature and high volume of snow. You can enjoy the fine powder snow. In 1972, Sapporo served as the first Japanese city to host the Olympic winter games. Many ski areas are located 20 to 60 minutes by car from the downtown Sapporo. They are all powder-snowed slopes. It is thus accessible that you can casually make a day trip for skiing. Some ski resorts have rental skis, sled and snow shoes so that you can play in the snow.
Mt. Moiwa, Observatory
Mt. Moiwa is the mountain at 531 meters, situated on the south side of the downtown Sapporo. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Sapporo, Ishikari Plain and, in the distance, Ishikari Bay from the observatory at the top of the mountain. The night view is especially wonderful and recognized as one of Japan’s new three major night views along with Nagasaki and Kobe in October 2015.
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito is the representative treat of Hokkaido. Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park where you can take a factory tour, purchase and taste sweets that you can get only here. You will fully enjoy the world of the famous treat.
Best Eats in Winter
You can find a variety of fresh produce in Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido. “Nijo-ichiba,” the market place in the city center, started business more than 100 years ago and carries plenty of fish and seafood. The local delicacies here including famous kaisendon (bowl of rice topped with seafood) attract millions of visitors.