For most people, Hokkaidō is synonymous with snow and skiing, but Japan’s northernmost island is also a top destination in the warmer months: it’s a place to stretch your legs on epic hikes, train your eyes on distant horizons, indulge in world-class seafood, or just escape from the hot humidity of cities further south. In the past two decades, resorts like Niseko have made their way onto the shortlist of top ski and snowboarding destinations in Asia thanks to the presence of consistent, world-class powder. Yet this emphasis sells the rest of the island short: there’s plenty to enjoy when the snow isn’t falling, and now, with the new Hokkaidō shinkansen (bullet train) connecting Tokyo to the southern port of Hakodate, getting there has never been easier. Here are a few reasons why Hokkaidō should make it on to your travel hit list at any time of year. Fresh seafood It’s easy to eat well in Hokkaidō thanks to the island’s fantastic seafood. In summer, the specialities are rich, creamy uni (sea urchin roe) from the west coast and glistening squid pulled from the chilly Tsugaru Strait; come autumn, its kingly maguro (tuna) and gem-like ikura(salmon roe). There are enough varieties of crab to … Continue reading When the snow stops falling: the lesser-known pleasures of Hokkaidō

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In Japan at Ibaraki Prefecture, Hitachi Seaside Park is an outstanding flower park and a popular tourist destination. It covers an area of 3.5 hectares and boasts of amazing flowers blossoming over there. You can enjoy a hill commanding vista of the Pacific Ocean. The park is mostly popular for blue nemophilas, flowers with transparent blue petals. It also features about a million daffodils blooming amidst the pine trees, 170 species of tulips and several other flowers. Adorned with woods, gardens and a small amusement area, Hitachi Seaside Park is a must-see attraction for the Japan.

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