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About Hokkaidō

Separated from Honshu by the Tsugaru Strait, Hokkaidō is Japan's second-largest island. Home to vast swathes of semi-explored wilderness on a dramatic volcanic bed, this is a landscape of bubbling natural hot springs, forested national parks and towering snow-capped mountains. Whether you’re dreaming of superb ski holidays, restful hot spring escapes or food-focused weekends in the island’s vibrant capital, Hokkaidō is a fabulous destination. Accommodation options include everything from charming ryokans to swish contemporary resorts, with the best places to stay in Hokkaidō promising marvellous views and terrific cuisine.

For great shopping and buzzy nightlife spots, look to the capital city, Sapporo, or to seaside Hakodate. The natural hot springs of Noboribetsu will appeal to keen spa-goers, whilst Niseko is one of Japan’s top ski destinations. With four interconnecting resorts and almost 18 metres of powder snow each season, this is a deservedly popular spot.

Wildlife enthusiasts, hikers and mountain bikers, on the other hand, should head straight for the island’s national parks. Daisetsuzan National Park stands out as the largest in Japan, a huge wilderness of soaring mountains, volcanoes and lakes. The Shiretoko National Park and Akan National Park are also spectacular. Visit in autumn to see forests turning from green to orange and gold, or travel during the summer months for the warmest weather. Expect the best places to stay in Hokkaidō to be popular year-round.

The Best Places to Stay in Hokkaidō

For City Style

  • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo promises impressive views from the upper floors of the JR Tower. Stylish interiors feature big beds and large windows, whilst a number of restaurants and bars invite guests to feast on top-notch French and Japanese cuisine. For business or leisure.
  • Cross Hotel Sapporo is a swish city base for romantic couples and well-heeled travellers alike. Kick back in rooms clad in soothing, earthy tones, with modern art pieces and lots of natural wood. Highlights include the excellent restaurant and the hip bar. Very cool.
  • Yunokowa Prince Hotel Nagisatei offers smart rooms clad in white and grey tones, with expansive ocean views in Hakodate. Enjoy generous buffet breakfasts, and feast on both Japanese and Western fare in the evenings. Rejuvenating baths are ideal for unwinding. A slick city stay for business or leisure, with over 300 rooms.
  • La Vista Hakodate Bay is an imposing, Art Deco-inspired hotel on the city's waterfront. Pick this place for the enviable location, the ocean views and the delicious dishes at the Hakodate Bay Gourmet Club. A stylish city pad with a more classic feel.


  • Zaborin sits just above the Zabo natural spring near Niseko. A luxurious choice for romantic couples, the property's 15 villas offer minimalist decor and private onsens with stunning views. Feast on traditional cuisine at the elegant restaurant. Exceptional.
  • Hinode Hills is an indulgent mountain hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows framing marvellous views from cool rooms with crisp, grey-clad interiors. Dine in style at the Bistro at Hinode Hills after pampering spa treatments and thrilling days out skiing, hiking or snowmobiling. For couples.
  • Bourou Noguchi Noboribetsu is a 40-room adult-only getaway offering spacious, contemporary suites on the outskirts of town. Unwind amidst forest views, with long soaks in a Korean-style stone sauna, and delectable Japanese cuisine. A romantic and restful boutique choice.
  • Akan Yuku no Sato offers spectacular vistas from the shores of Lake Akan. Traditional rooms and suites with tatami matting and low seating areas overlook the lake. Steaming indoor and outdoor onsen baths invite guests to unwind in blissful surroundings. Very romantic.
  • Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort, on the banks of Lake Toya, promises beautiful views from its chic, minimalist rooms. Take a long soak in the rooftop infinity pool, unwind in the spa and savour delicious cuisine at three restaurants. A tranquil escape for well-heeled design lovers.

For Family or Group Ski Trips

  • Snow Crystal Apartments are a short walk from the ski lifts. Minimalist spaces with lots of glass, clean lines and polished wooden floors will appeal to well-heeled travellers, as will the excellent concierge team. Apartments have multiple bedrooms and smart kitchens, making them great for families and groups.
  • The Green Leaf Village sits at the base of Mount Annupuri. Families will adore larger rooms with space for extra beds, or gathering in the games room. Unwind in the spa and glamorous bar after days out on the slopes. Ski-in ski-out access is a highlight.
  • Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse offers a hip take on the traditional Japanese townhouse, with multi-bedroom chalets promising a chic stay for groups or families. With a dedicated concierge service, ski storage and well-equipped kitchens, these are a brilliant choice for a private, upmarket stay.
  • AYA Niseko also boasts one-three bedroom apartments with space for groups of friends. Interiors showcase natural materials, light woods and soft linens. The onsen, gym and spa are superb. This is a top spot for design-conscious travellers.

For a Classic Ryokan

  • Oyado Kiyomizuya has 42 traditional rooms with tatami matting and futon beds. Larger rooms have space for families or groups of friends to share. Kick back in the public hot spring baths, tuck in to Japanese cuisine and enjoy experiencing classic ryokan hospitality in Noboribetsu.
  • Akan Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza is a beautiful ryokan on the banks of Lake Akan. Pick this place for the generous suites, which boast lake views, private hot spring baths and traditional seating areas. The multi-course kaiseki cuisine highlights the region's best ingredients. Very luxurious.
  • Kappo Ryokan Wakamatsu offers 24 charming rooms overlooking the ocean in Hakodate. The multi-course kaiseki menu is exquisite and the hot spring baths are gorgeous. A chic boutique ryokan for romantic couples.


  • Chatrium Niseko is a chic hotel offering contemporary rooms, suites and apartments with mountain views. Michelin-starred Kamimura specialises in Japanese-French fusion cuisine, perfect for keen foodies to savour after days out on the slopes. Set in Upper Hirafu Village.
  • Windsor Toya Resort & Spa overlooks beautiful Lake Toya. With tennis courts, a golf course, spa and elegant guestrooms, this is a superb spot for couples or families. Foodies will adore the highly regarded Teppanyaki Restaurant, as well as French, Chinese and Japanese flavours at the resort's other excellent eateries. Stunning.
  • Chalet Ivy is in Hirafu’s Upper Village, close to the slopes. Chic rooms are decorated in pale tones. The chalet has its own hot springs and two gourmet restaurants. Savour Japanese Izakaya-style cuisine at HirafuZaka, or enjoy superb fine dining at Snow Castle. Set menus showcase the best of Hokkaidō's ingredients.
  • Bourou Noguchi, in downtown Hakodate, has 79 chic, minimalist rooms. Brilliant for couples as well as smart business travellers, this upmarket hotel has open-air baths and an excellent Japanese restaurant for keen foodies. Private dining experiences add to the romantic experience.

For Great Value

  • Nakamuraya Ryokan is a simple, traditional ryokan with 26 rooms. Located in downtown Sapporo, this historic property promises regional cuisine, a 24-hour onsen bath and a real sense of tranquility. Affordable and offering space for couples, friends and families in rooms with low tables and futon beds.
  • Grandpapa looks very European with its Tudor-inspired exterior, but this family-owned hotel feels more Japanese inside. A simple Niseko option with a karaoke bar and shared lounge, this is a great one for sociable skiers on a budget.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport or to Narita International Airport and catch a connecting flight to New Chitose Airport, a couple of hours by road or rail from most destinations across Hokkaidō.
  • Hokkaidō is wonderful to explore by road! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • This is a year-round destination. Come in the summer for sunshine, outdoorsy activities and temperatures of 20 - 26°C. Spring and autumn are cool and picturesque, whilst snowy winters are all about skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. Travel between December and April for the best powder snow in areas such as Niseko.

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Best Hotels in Hokkaidō

  • Grandpapa Niseko (Kutchan-chō, Abuta-gun) 19 rooms from £75

    Groups  -  Budget-conscious groups will appreciate rooms with multiple beds, shared bathrooms and a communal lounge with games area
    Trekking  -  The mountainsides are criss-crossed with hiking trails, perfect for spring, summer & autumn treks
    Skiing  -  Hop aboard the hotel's free shutte service to Niseko's ski lifts for a big day on the slopes
    Value chic  -  A well-located, friendly hotel offering low-cost accommodation close to the slopes
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    The family-owned Grandpapa offers unfussy accommodation in the ski town of Niseko. Each room comes with a TV and wifi, there's also a common area for socialising in the evenings, karaoke breaks the ice! Unwind in the Yukoro Onsen hot spring located just next-door! A simplistic & very friendly spot. See More

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  • Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort Shari, Hokkaidō 162 rooms from £86

    Local exploring  -  Kitakobushi Shiretoko is ideal for exploring the beauty of the Shiretoko peninsula or just the sleepy village of Utoro
    Families  -  Families are well served here with great room options and a special kids' play area
    Views  -  Mesmerizing views over the Sea of Okhostk
    Great walks  -  The beautiful Shiretoko national park is on the doorstep of the hotel
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    An upscale resort hotel with stunning views of the Sea of Okhotsk. Exposed wooden beams and earthy colours give the rooms an authentic feel, designed to emulate the natural beauty of Shiretoko; the best offer both private sauna and onsen! Plus sophisticated fusion buffet dining. A crowd pleaser. See More

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  • Hakodate Onuma Prince Hotel Kameda-gun, Hokkaidō 292 rooms from £95

    Active Holiday  -  Hakodate Onuma Prince Hotel is surrounded by the beautiful Onuma Quasi-National Park - perfect for active hikers and bikers
    Watersports  -  Try canoeing and kayaking, or take a scenic boat ride with friends and family
    Cycling  -  Hire bikes to follow trails through the forested Onuma Quasi-National Park
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in the hot spring baths or with a rejuvenating massage
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    Hakodate Onuma Prince Hotel enjoys a tranquil location in Onuma Quasi-National Park. Offering chic yet unfussy accommodation, the hotel also serves up a splendid buffet breakfast each morning to set you up for the day-not to be missed out on! Get back in touch with nature at this great-value spot. See More

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  • The Green Leaf Village Niseko (Higashiyama Onsen) 200 rooms from £111

    Skiing  -  The powder mecca of Japan (there's miles of pistes too), Niseko is a skiers' favourite - the hotel boasts ski-in ski-out access
    Families  -  Larger rooms with extra beds are brilliant for family trips, and kids will love the games room and outdoor activities
    Active Holiday  -  Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowmobiling and rides in reindeer-led sleighs
    Other Activities  -  Zip across the snowy landscapes on a thrilling snowmobile excursion
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    A contemporary property located at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri. Offering ski-in ski-out access to some of Japan's best skiing. Spend evenings unwinding with a cocktail in the glamourous bar or being pampered in the spa. The service is slick and rooms boast simple chic design. Superb. See More

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  • Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse Niseko (Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun) 8 rooms from £94

    Self catering  -  With chic kitchens, an attentive concierge service, heated ski storage and a garage you have everything you need here and more
    Skiing  -  From 1st December to May you can hit the slopes. There are a wide range of pistes, excellent snowfall, and a ski school too
    Families  -  Each self-catered townhouse has three bedrooms and capacious living areas making this an ideal choice for families
    Active Holiday  -  Whether you want to ski, hike, golf, or kayak there is something for everyone here
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    A chic collection of houses set in the foothills of Hokkaido’s mountains. Residencies include three bedrooms, a stylish kitchen, and even ski storage. The concierge is on-point while the design (a modern spin on Japanese heritage townhouses) doesn't disappoint. A hip option for an outdoor getaway. See More

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  • Chatrium Niseko Niseko (Yamada) 72 rooms from £123

    Families  -  Multi-room suites invite families and groups to unwind in chic, contemporary accommodation 600m from the slopes
    Skiing  -  Enjoy special ski tours on Niseko's hidden trails with the hotel's experienced guides
    Mountain biking  -  Hire bikes from the hotel to hit scenic mountain trails during the warmer months
    Foodies  -  The Michelin-starred Japanese-French fusion Kamimura restaurant is a must-visit
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    Located in the heart of Upper Hirafu Village, Chatrium Niseko offers spacious, contemporary accommodation just a short distance from the slopes. Chic apartments are ideal groups or families, the the restaurant serves wonderful cuisine! Car rentals can be organised. A smart and stylish spot. See More

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  • Cross Hotel Sapporo Sapporo 181 rooms from £101

    Local exploring  -  Set a five-minute walk from the main station, this hotel makes a great base for local sightseeing in the city
    Romantic Break  -  With a romantic guest-only lounge and observation deck, book this hotel for your next couples' city break
    City Style  -  With contemporary interiors and a central city location, book this hotel for local Sapporo charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Sapporo TV Tower located close to the hotel and head up to the top for great views from the observation deck
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    This sleek city bolt-hole is located in central Sapporo, Japan - five minutes' walk from JR Sapporo Station. Stylish suites are zoned by wooden screens and feature cosy soft furnishings and contemporary artwork. Head to the top floor lounge for skyline views after drinks at the romantic bar. See More

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  • Noboribetsu Sekisui Tei Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu-shi) 248 rooms from £130

    Foodies  -  Splendid kaiseki dishes of local produce will delight foodies eager to sample regional cuisine
    Other Activities  -  Gather with friends and family for a lively evening of your favourite karaoke tunes
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a scenic hike around the dramatic Jigokudani (Hell Valley) volcanic crater
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in the outdoor hot spring baths and sauna after relaxing massages
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    Noboribetsu Sekisui Tei is situated in Noboribetsu, 20 minutes from the station. Offering a variety of traditional Japanese accommodation (think woven-straw flooring with futon bedding) and Western-style rooms, the property also boasts 3 hot-spring baths and a sauna. A smart and relaxing stay! See More

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  • Aya Niseko Niseko (Hokkaido) 79 rooms from £105

    Foodies  -  This area attracts lots of gastro-tourism; this hotel makes a great base for foodies looking to explore local food culture
    Active Holiday  -  Sitting at the base of one of Niseko Grand Hirafu’s most popular ski runs, book this hotel for an active skiing break
    Romantic Break  -  With luxurious suites, a romantic open-air bath and sauna facilities, book this hotel for a hideaway couples' holiday
    Skiing  -  The hotel offers ski-in, ski-out access, perfect for a skiing break; ski storage is also available for guest use
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    This hotel offers a contemporary ski-in, ski-out experience in Niseko. Guest apartments are stylish and inviting, with soft lighting and wooden accents set off by chocolate and pastel teal hues. Soak in the hotel's open-air bath, the ideal place to relax after a day on the slopes. See More

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  • Nakamuraya Ryokan Sapporo (Hokkaido Prefecture) 26 rooms from £134

    Museums  -  The Sapporo Beer Museum, the Hokkaidō University Museum and the Hokkaidō Museum of Modern Art are all well worth visiting
    Value chic  -  A simple, well-priced and historic stay for couples, families and groups in the heart of the city
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the Hokkaidō University's Botanic Garden, just five minutes' walk away
    Local exploring  -  Within walking distance of Hokkaidō University, Odori Park and a number of key museums
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    Nakamuraya Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn located in downtown Sapporo. The air-conditioned rooms have woven-straw floors and futon bedding whilst there's also a spacious 24 hour bath to relax in. Enjoy meals served in a true Ryokan style with plenty of small dishes. A unique and friendly spot! See More

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  • Noboribetsu Grand Hotel Noboribetsu 261 rooms from £137

    Trekking  -  Hike around the hot steam vents and sulfurous streams of the nearby Jigokudani Valley
    Sights nearby  -  The famed Noboribetsu Bear Park is just 10 minutes' walk away
    Restaurant  -  Fresh local seasonal dishes, including tempura and seafood are served at the dinner buffet.
    Fishing  -  Head over to Lake Kuttara which is renowned for its salmon fishing
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    Surrounded by luscious countryside, Noboribetsu Grand Hotel offers both traditional Japanese-style accommodation (woven-straw floors and futon beds) and Western-style rooms. Make the most out of your location to reconnect with the natural world! Half-board dining. A great family country retreat. See More

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  • Kitayuzawa Mori no Soraniwa Onsen-cho, Hokkaidō 230 rooms from £141

    Families  -  A brilliant family choice, with a lively games room and children's play area, flexible accommodation and a large pool
    Back to Nature  -  Kitayuzawa Mori no Soraniwa is just minutes from beautiful Shikotsu Toya National Park, ideal for keen adventurers
    Sights nearby  -  Date's historic Zenkoji Temple is a must-visit for culture enthusiasts
    Great walks  -  Follow hiking trails through the nearby Shikotsu Toya National Park
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    Located a minute away from Shikotsu Toya National Park, Kitayuzawa Mori no Soraniwa offers chic rooms with Western-style beds and traditional tatami (woven-straw) seating areas. Rooms also features TVs and fridges. Bask in the sun as you relax by the pool! See More

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  • Ki Niseko Niseko from £142

    Skiing  -  Enjoy ski-in ski-out access, ski storage and staying less than 100m from the high-speed gondola at Niseko Mt Resort Grand Hirafu
    Active Holiday  -  Steps from the slopes, the hotel offers access to hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, rafting, cycling, paddle-boarding & canoeing
    Golf  -  Golfers will be delighted to play a round or two the Arnold Palmer-designed Niseko Village Golf Course
    Families  -  Families will appreciate large, modern apartments and access to a number of outdoorsy activities
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    A sleek boutique property located right on the slopes. Contemporary rooms are white on white with crisp linen, clean lines, luxury bathrooms and windows that perfectly frame the mountain views. Innovative Japanese fare is served in the elegant restaurant. A chic base for adventure holidays. See More

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  • Kimamaya by Odin Niseko 9 rooms from £165

    City Style  -  Stylish rooms channel both Scandi and Zen vibes accessorised with premium bed linens and hi-tech gadgetry
    Active Holiday  -  Whether you visit in winter or summer the area provides a plethora of outdoor activites for all abilities
    Skiing  -  Niseko is at the heart of some of Japan's best skiing
    Sights nearby  -  Sapporo is only 2 hours away, so can easily be done in a day trip
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    A cosy micro-boutique hotel in Japan’s ski paradise. With just nine rooms, it offers an intimate and laid-back luxury experience. The design is a blend of Scandinavian and Zen elements, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Plus there's a small spa and restaurant offering alpine fare. See More

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  • Skye Niseko Niseko (Hokkaido) 105 rooms from £180

    Total relaxation  -  After a long day on the slopes, enjoy the onsen hot spring, Hokkaido's first float tank or the spa's rejunivating treatments
    Active Holiday  -  Located on the doorstep of Grand Hirafu resort, enjoy ski-in-ski-out access, or an abundance of summer activities in Niseko
    Contemporary  -  Modern decor, neutral colours, marble countertops, elegant stone and wooden finishes make up the spacious rooms
    Skiing  -  Ski rental & valet, private or group lessons, lift passes, Snowmobiling Tours and more available at the hotel
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    A spectacular ski-in ski-out hotel on Grand Hirafu resort's slopes. Sleek, sophisticated rooms boast modern finishings and elegant decor. Suites & studios come with fully equipped kitchen, or you can dine in the exquisite restaurant. Plus there's a spa with onsen for weary limbs. Luxury defined. See More

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  • Daiichi Takimotokan Ryokan Noboribetsu (Noboribetsuonsenchō) 399 rooms from £195

    Romantic Break  -  Daiichi Takimotokan Ryokan boasts hot spring baths, a soothing spa and excellent cuisine, perfect for a romantic stay
    Local exploring  -  A 5-minute walk from Jigokudani Valley and the Noboribetsu Bear Park, and 12-minutes' drive from Lake Kuttara
    Other Activities  -  The hotel's extensive games room includes over 40 arcade machines - ideal for trips with family and friends
    Learning  -  Delve into Japan's Edo Period at the Noboribetsu Date Historic Village
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    Daiichi Takimotokan Ryokan is situated in rural Hokkaido, a short distance away from Noboribetsu. It boasts traditional Japanese-style accommodation with woven-straw floors and futon beds. Try their seven different bath types which all have unique healing properties! A great choice for families. See More

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  • Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort Abashiri, Hokkaidō 80 rooms from £195

    Total relaxation  -  Make good use of the onsen, hot stone treatments, massages and more while you're here
    Restaurant  -  Offers delectable dishes from Othosk, Kaiseki and French cuisines
    Spa  -  Massages, hot stone treatment rooms and private onsen
    Tennis  -  Play a game or two at the nearby tennis courts
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    A family friendy resort focusing on design and history set in the hills overlooking Lake Abashiri. There's a wide range of rooms and suites some Japanese, others Western in style — the best with private open-air baths. Dine on either French or traditional kaiseki cuisine. Relaxation guaranteed! See More

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  • Windsor Toya Resort and Spa Abuta-gun, Hokkaidō 398 rooms from £195

    Foodies  -  Foodies will adore the Japanese, French, Chinese and Italian cuisine, including Michelin-starred fare at Teppantaki
    Tennis  -  Hire racquets and challenge your family to a game of tennis on one of the resort's three courts
    Active Holiday  -  Play golf or tennis, hit the spa and enjoy hiking or cycling in the surrounding area
    Golf  -  Enjoy a round at the spectacularly scenic Windsor Great Peak of Toya Golf Course
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    Windsor Toya Resort and Spa is situated in the lush countryside surrounding Lake Toya. Spacious rooms are decorated in light hues and boast floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views. Relax with an evening massage or a dip in the pool after days of tennis, golf & hiking. A first-class stay! See More

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  • La Vista Hakodate Bay Hakodate (Hakodate-shi) 356 rooms from £200

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in the hotel's extensive spa facilities, with a sauna, six types of hot spring baths and excellent massage areas
    Foodies  -  Enjoy gourmet typically Japanese cuisine at the Restaurant Norte, whilst Kai Foo Roo serves up Chinese specialities
    Museums  -  The Kitajima Saburo Memorial Museum sheds light on the life of one of Japan's top cultural icons
    Great walks  -  Wander through the city's gorgous botanical gardens or take a stroll around Tachimachi Cape
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    The downtown La Vista Hakodate Bay offers contemporary designer art-deco accommodation inspired by the Taisho period. Rooms come equipped with a coffee maker and an en-suite bathroom. If you fancy a novel culinary experience then head over to Hakodate Bay Gourmet Club! An upmarket and stylish spot. See More

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  • The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort Hokkaidō 111 rooms from £208

    Total relaxation  -  Soak up tranquil lake views from the infinity onsen after enjoying revitalising spa treatments
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Gather in the karaoke room for fun-filled evenings of belting out your favourite tunes
    Great walks  -  Enjoy scenic mountain treks or lakeside strolls with friends and family
    City Style  -  A swish contemporary lakeside hotel for art and design lovers
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    The Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort enjoys a lakeside location and offers chic, contemporary accommodation boasting spectacular views. Unwind in their open air bath and make the most out of the on-site duty-free shops. Enjoy exquisite meals at each of their restaurants. A truly magnificent escape! See More

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  • Akan Yuku No Sato Hokkaido, Hokkaidō 233 rooms from £232

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind amidst picturesque lake and mountain views, relaxing in hot spring baths after hikes and gym sessions
    Romantic Break  -  A soothing, romantic escape for couples and spa-goers on the edge of the lake
    Museums  -  Delve into the region's past at the Natural History Museum
    Sights nearby  -  A 10-minute walk from the stunning Akandake-Jinja Shrine
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    An elegant property on the shores of Lake Akan. Expansive rooms enjoy spectacular views and are designed in a traditional Japanese style complete with tatami mats, paper shutters and beds at floor level. The restaurant makes the most of the island's quality seafood and restful onsens await. Superb. See More

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  • Bourou Noguchi Hakodate (Yunokawachō) 79 rooms from £235

    Foodies  -  Bourou Noguchi's restaurant specialises in exquisite Japanese cuisine; foodies will adore the chance to try local specialities
    Learning  -  Learn more about the island's history at the Hakodate Goryokaku, an impeccably preserved star-shaped fort
    City Style  -  A minimalist, contemporary high-rise hotel offering a slick city stay for business or leisure
    Sights nearby  -  Check out Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and take a ride on the Hakodate Ropeway
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    Bourou Noguchi, located in downtown Hakodate, offers a variety of rooms from the traditional Japanese-style to more modern Western types. It boasts rooftop open-air baths and stunning cuisine, whilst you can even request a romantic dinner for two in a private dining room! A superb upmarket city stay See More

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  • Bourou Noguchi Noboribetsu Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu-shi) 40 rooms from £240

    Country Escape  -  A tranquil retreat on the outskirts of Noboribetsu for outdoorsy explorers or relaxed nature lovers
    Great walks  -  Speak to the team about forested hikes and nature walks amidst your picturesque surroundings
    Learning  -  Discover the Noboribetsu Date Historic Village, learning more about Japan's Edo period
    Foodies  -  Enjoy traditional Hokkaido delicacies and private gourmet dinners for two
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    The adult-only Bourou Noguchi is situated in lush countryside outside Noboribetsu. It offers suites with large windows and wooden floors. There's also a restaurant serving traditionally Japanese cuisine. Try out the Korean-style “ganbanyoku” stone sauna! An unfussy and relaxing rural stay. See More

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  • JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo Sapporo (Kita 5, Chuo-ku) 350 rooms from £246

    Great walks  -  Take a guided city walking tour or a scenic stroll around Hokkaidō University's gorgeous Botanic Gardens
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy rejuvenating massages and long soaks in hot spring baths after days of exploring
    City Style  -  A swish city hotel in central Sapporo, perfect for business or leisure travellers
    Theatre  -  Catch a show at The Hokkaidō Shiki Theatre, less than a mile from the hotel
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    On the 23rd to 34th floors in the JR Tower, this hotel provides chic contemporary with splendid views over Sapporo's skyline. A restful spa and smart interiors encourage peace and tranquility whilst slick restaurants serve stunning French and Japanese cuisine! A top spot for business or leisure. See More

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  • Muse Niseko Niseko (Hokkaido) 9 rooms from £205

    Active Holiday  -  Offering secure ski lockers for each apartment in the residents’ ski room, book this hotel for a break on the slopes
    Groups  -  These spacious, contemporary apartments with multiple bedrooms and great living spaces are perfect for a group stay
    Foodies  -  Located opposite a Michelin-starred restaurant, this hotel is perfectly placed for foodies
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to Otaru, a charming nearby town famous for its perfectly preserved historic buildings and irresistible seafood
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    This boutique hotel is located opposite the Michelin Star restaurant Kamimura on Niseko's popular central promenade. Contemporary guest apartments have stylish wall art and panoramic Mount Yotei views, plus cosy fireplaces. Enrol in ski school with the help of the friendly concierge. See More

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  • Chalet Ivy Niseko (Kutchan-chō, Abuta-gun) 78 rooms from £266

    Skiing  -  Enjoy private ski lockers, ski & snowboard equipment rentals and free shuttles to the Niseko Mountain Grand Hirafu Resort
    Rafting  -  An 8-minute walk from the NAC Niseko Adventure Center, where you can raft, canoe, paddle-board and more
    Families  -  With family suites and babysitting services offered, Chalet Ivy is a great choice for family breaks
    Foodies  -  The hotel boasts two gourmet restaurants - including the excellent HirafuZaka
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    Chalet Ivy, centrally located in Hirafu's Upper Village, offers chic and contemporary boutique accommodation. The stylish rooms are decorated with light hues and each come with a seating area as well as a flat-screen TV. Unwind in the chalet's own natural hot springs! A simply wonderful stay. See More

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  • Snow Crystal Apartments Niseko (Hokkaido) 11 rooms from £274

    Skiing  -  Find top-class skiing both on and off-piste; speak to the hotel about ski storage and pre-purchasing lift passes
    Active Holiday  -  With ski storage and easy access to the slopes, this is a great spot for active adventurers
    Riding  -  Go horse riding through the forests at the base of towering Mount Annupuri
    Groups  -  Swish, modern apartments for self-catering stays as a group or family
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    Contemporary apartments boasting stunning mountain views and located a short walk from the ski lifts. Minimalist design throughout; think plenty of glass, clean lines, soft hues and polished wooden floors. The sophisticated concierge are eager to lend a helping hand. A chic choice. See More

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  • Oyado Kiyomizuya Noboribetsu (Noboribetsu-shi) 42 rooms from £283

    Back to Nature  -  Close to Noboribetsu Genshirin primeval forest and Lake Kuttara, this is a lovely nature-focused escape
    Great walks  -  The spectacular Jigokudani Valley's bubbling geothermal crater is a striking setting for a walk
    Families  -  Larger rooms with futon beds make this a top choice for a relaxed family stay
    Fishing  -  Fishing on Lake Kuttara is an idyllic spring, summer or autumn activity
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    Situated a short distance from Noboribetsu on the island of Hokkaido, Oyado Kiyomizuya provides traditional Japanese-style accommodation with woven-straw floors and futon beds. Make use of their public bath open 24 hours a day and enjoy splendid Japanese cuisine. An unfussy and relaxing retreat. See More

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  • Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei Hakodate (Hakodate-shi) 175 rooms from £358

    City Style  -  A luxurious choice for travellers seeking to combine traditional charm with the comforts of a modern city hotel
    Trekking  -  Clamber up 334m-high Mount Hakodate or take the aerial ropeway gondola for marvellous views
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy the splendid ocean views as you unwind in the property's hot spring baths
    Local markets  -  Sample fresh seafood and pick up souvenirs at the bustling morning market
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    Situated on Hakodate's coast, Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei provides pared-back, minimalist rooms clad in white and grey tones. The hotel boasts splendid views and their restaurant serves traditional Japanese and Western cuisine. Big buffet breakfasts are a highlight. A top-notch stay! See More

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  • Ginrinsou Otaru (Hokkaido) 17 rooms from £387

    Historic  -  Ginrinsou is steeped in the illustrious history of the herring industry that transformed Hokkaido's coastline centuries ago
    Total relaxation  -  Expect total relaxation at the indoor and outdoor baths fed by the Hiraiso Hot Spring
    Architectural  -  Revel in the intricate and beautiful architecture of the Meiji and Taisho periods
    Restaurant  -  Experience the bountiful produce of Hokkaido in the exquisite seasonal cuisine
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    A fabulous historic estate turned hot spring hotel commanding epic views of Otaru and its bay. Elegant rooms in Western and Japanese styles with tatami mat flooring; the best with private onsen and terrace. Plus there's an open air bath for all, and seasonal, authentic Japanese cuisine. See More

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  • Furano Resort Orika Nakafurano, Hokkaidō from £434

    Romantic Break  -  Elegant rooms feature huge windows with stunning views, plus there's French fine dining
    Golf  -  The resort boasts a beautiful 18 hole golf course
    Views  -  Each room faces the Tokachidake mountain range
    Groups  -  Some rooms can accommodate up to four guests
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    Nestled in the shadow of Mount Furano, elegant yet unfussy rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows and views to die for. Choose between Japanese or French cuisine, enjoy a soak in the hot spring open air baths or a round or two on the golf course. A rural adults-only getaway. See More

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  • Kappo Ryokan Wakamatsu Hakodate (Yunokawachō) 24 rooms from £454

    Foodies  -  Savour delicate regional kaiseki-style cuisine in the restaurant - ideal for keen foodies seeking an authentic experience
    Romantic Break  -  A romantic traditional ryokan overlooking the ocean in Hakodate, this is a top spot for couples in the city
    Learning  -  Learn the art of Kado (traditional Japanese flower arrangement) or Soba (buckwheat noodle making)
    Sights nearby  -  Take a ride on the Hakodate Ropeway for spectacular views of the city
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    Kappo Ryokan Wakamatsu is situated on Hakodate's coast and features traditional Japanese-style accommodation with woven-straw flooring and futon beds. The restaurant serves up splendid multi-course Kaiseki cuisine and their baths are the perfect way to relax after a long day. A lovely city stay! See More

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  • Hoshino Resorts Risonare Tomamu Shimukappu, Hokkaidō 200 rooms from £642

    Foodies  -  A wide range of restaurants offering a selection of Japanese cuisine from wagyu beef to noodles, as well as buffet style dining
    Country Escape  -  The resort's farm is available for tours, and at around 250 acres, supplies the fresh products at the restaurants
    Views  -  Head to Unkai Terrace and enjoy breathtaking mountain views above the clouds at the observation deck
    Families  -  Space for up to 6 guests in suites, plus endless facilities make this ideal for all ages
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    A family-friendly, luxury rural resort. Modern, western style suites offer stunning views, whirlpool tubs and the best come with private sauna. A wide range of restaurants cater to all tastes (including seafood, Japanese and Italian), and the facilities are second to none. Utterly dreamy. See More

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  • Akan Tsuruga Besso Hinanoza Hokkaido, Hokkaidō 25 rooms from £673

    Romantic Break  -  A gorgeous, upmarket take on the traditional ryokan experience for a memorable couples' hideaway
    Fishing  -  Lake Akan is well known for its excellent fishing, and the hotel can organise guided excursions
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in luxurious suites with beautiful open air onsen baths and lake views
    Cycling  -  Hire bikes to cycle around Lake Akan and to explore Hokkaidō more widely
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    A boutique property comprising of 25 individually designed suites. Rooms are contemporary yet the style is traditional. Find floor to ceiling windows, large terraces with outdoor free standing baths, tatami mats and shoji paper screens besides all the mod-cons. An utterly spoiling stay. See More

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  • Aspect Niseko Niseko (Hokkaido) 11 rooms from £606

    Active Holiday  -  With an exclusive ski shuttle service available at the hotel, book this hotel for an active holiday on the slopes
    Foodies  -  Foodies are spoiled for choice at this hotel, with the best restaurants in Niseko on the hotel's doorstep
    Families  -  These luxury apartments are perfect for a family stay, with multiple bedrooms and spacious living areas
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the 9th-floor open-air onsen at Toya Kohantei for excellent views of Lake Toya, Mount Yotei and Nakajima Island
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    This luxury bolt-hole offers accommodation on the acclaimed 'Millionaires’ Row' in Hirafu’s Middle Village. Guest apartments boast spacious living areas with floor-to-ceiling windows and spectacular mountain views. Take advantage of the dedicated concierge service for a stress-free stay. See More

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  • Zaborin Niseko (Kutchan-cho) 15 rooms from £996

    Total relaxation  -  Each villa boasts its own private indoor and outdoor onsen, perfect for unwinding whilst enjoying magical views
    Romantic Break  -  A gorgeous rural escape for romantic couples eager to embrace blissful onsen soaks and exemplary cuisine
    Great walks  -  Reconnect with nature on long forest walks or guided excursions with members of the hotel team
    Golf  -  Hone your golf skills with a round at the beautiful Niseko Village Golf Course
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A few miles outside Niseko, the boutique Zaborin features 15 villas situated directly above the Zabo natural Spring. The villas offer minimalist and chic accommodation boasting wonderful views. Enjoy wonderful traditional local cuisine in their restaurant! A stunning and truly rejuvenating stay. See More

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