Located in the northernmost island of the archipelago, Hokkaido enjoys a semi-continental climate with winters that are cold and particularly snowy. If you're wondering when to go to Japan to take advantage of the great ski slopes, book your holiday between November to March.
The slopes of Mount Tomamu or Mount Sahoro will then be the ideal destinations for snow lovers. Whether you are skiing, snowshoeing or dog sledding, you will enjoy a variety of activities and the breath-taking scenery of the Hidaka Mountains. In the evening, the delicious seafood caught on the coast just a few hours away will make for a succulent dinner. Take advantage of your winter getaway to discover Sapporo in the snow. Between modernity and tradition, this city reveals a fairy-tale appearance and if you're passing through in early February, don't miss the Snow Festival, which sees gigantic snow and ice sculptures looming large in the city streets.