Japanese cities always reveal a contrasting beauty between the old and the new. In Hokkaido, Sapporo is the destination of choice when considering where to go in Japan to fully grasp this duality. Your journey will take you to the Hokkaido Jingu Shrine which is in the heart of Maruyama Park. This Shinto temple offers you a spiritual walk in a haven of greenery. Another must-see is the historical museum which is home to traditional houses from all over Hokkaido Island. This visit will take you on a unique journey back in time to the end of the 19th century. History buffs and the curious who travel to Japan to immerse themselves in the history of the country will not be disappointed.
Still on the island of Hokkaido, west of Sapporo, Shikasai-no-Oka gloriously captures the splendour of the Japanese countryside. From April to October, this garden located on the hills of the city of Biei will reveal an incredible array of perfectly manicured flowers like you have never seen before. Fields of lavender, tulips and sunflowers stretch as far as the eye can see and offer one of the most beautiful panoramas of the trip, with Mount Dasetsu as a backdrop. To conclude your countryside visit in Japan, board the Norokko, a small shuttle tractor that will take you on a picturesque ride through this ocean of colours. In winter, the slopes of Shikisai-no-Oka turn into a "Snowland", a kingdom dedicated to sledding and snowmobiling.