Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima are some of the “must see destinations” for those traveling in Japan both domestically and internationally because of their shopping, history, and culture. For most international travelers planning a trip to Japan, visiting Hokkaido can be seen as a bit out of the way or cumbersome, because unlike the other cities listed above, Hokkaido is not accessible by the shinkansen (bullet train). The most practical way to get to Hokkaido is by air, although there is also the “twilight express” a night train that makes trips to Hokkaido from some of the larger stations throughout Honshu.
One of my biggest regrets after having lived in Japan for 2 years was that I didn’t make it to Hokkaido for one of the most popular events held annually in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s Yuki Matsuri, or Snow Festival. Continue reading Japan: Sapporo Snow