Snow Fun in Japan
To celebrate the launch of the hihostels.com website in Japanese we are delighted to announce Japan as our Destination of the Month this December. Known as the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ this region of Asia is an incredible and spirited place to visit – history meets futurism and tradition contrast with forward-thinking trends. This is a country full of beautiful contradictions for visitors to enjoy: major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka which are modern and dynamic global hubs; rural and mountainous regions perfect for high octane skiing and rafting; and areas populated with ancient religious temples and beautiful gardens. HI has many hostels in Japan – 38 of which are bookable on hihostels.com. To inspire you, here are some fantastic things to do and some unforgettable places to stay…
Hot springs of Hokkaido
During the winter there is plenty to do in and around HI’s Nukabira - Higashidaisetsu Nukabira hostel. It is located in the Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido surrounded by trees and lakes. Nukabira Onsen-kyo (hot spring village) is in the center of Hokkaido and is a wonderful experience. There is also a local ice fishing tour on the frozen Lake Nukabira and the skiing resort is just 5 minutes walk from the hostel. This is a great place for those who want to relax and explore this wintery destination and international flights to and from Haneda Airport (Tokyo International) makes this area of Japan extremely accessible.
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Visit Sapporo Snow Festival (February 7-13th 2011)This is one of Japan’s largest and most successful winter events – not to be missed! Be one of the two million who come to see the amazing and spectacular sculptures. For a week in February the area is transformed into a true winter wonderland of gleaming crystal-like ice and snow. You can stay in the Sapporo International hostel located in the Hokkaido region with good transport links. Multi-share dormitories, private singles and twins, family rooms and traditional Japanese style Tatami rooms are available.
Ski and Stay at Niseko AnnupuriWhy not visit this Japanese ski resort, which boasts some of the driest and lightest powder snow in the world. The Niseko Annupuri hostel, located very near to Niseko Annupuri International Ski Ground, is built from wood and is really popular with those who love the snow sports. Seasonal activities also include rafting, canoeing, trekking and climbing Mt. Yotei –this really is the place for great adventures!
One Million Dollar Night View in HakodateHakodate, Japan’s northernmost island is famous for its National Parks and cold, snowy winters. This area is popular for skiing, hiking, hot springs and seafood. However, one of the best things to do is to enjoy the spectacular views of the city from Mount Hakodate. You can stay at our Hakodate hostel which is a ten minute from the ropeway from where you can ride the cable car to the top. Accommodation is in 1-3 bedded Western-style rooms and facilities include an observation lounge.
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