In mid February, 5 teachers from WA school and our agency representative were invited to the Hokkaido familiarisation tour. This 6 day tour was designed to experience what the region offers for learning and enjoying Japanese culture.
We visited Tokachi-gawa Onsen region, the centre of Tokachi Plains, which produces an abundance of agricultural products and ancient hot springs. We also visited Noboribetsu Onsen – the most famous and popular onsen town in Hokkaido where nature and culture experiences are offered, Lake Toya – a part of Shikotsu-Toya national park offering picturesque views and many activities, and Sapporo – the capital city of Hokkaido and the Japan’s fifth largest city.
Apart from the many natural & cultural experiences and beautiful food we had, the people we met through the journey were so friendly and open which was one of the highlights of the trip. As you know, Japanese hospitality is very well regarded wherever you go, but it seems that Hokkaido people are more relaxed and open to share what they have.
We learned a lot about the Japanese indigenous people Ainu as Hokkaido is due to open the national museum dedicated to Ainu culture and history. The history of Hokkaido reminded me of Australia. Perhaps that’s another reason that Hokkaido is popular for Aussies? Hope more people will travel far and wide to find out what the region offers. It shouldn’t be limited to snow season either!
We are here to help if you want to explore Hokkaido either for snow sports, education tours, camping, hot spring retreat, food experience, cycling, driving or meet wild nature.