About Hokkaido

The northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, renowned for volcanoes, natural hot springs and ski resorts

Surrounded by the Sea of Okhotsk, the Sea of Japan, and the Pacific Ocean, Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands and is famous for its volcanoes, natural hot springs, and ski resorts. Hokkaido has an abundance of nature. Don’t miss the Shiretoko Peninsula, a World Natural Heritage Site, or the dramatic slopes and steam vents of the volcanic Mount Asahi in Daisetsuzan National Park. Shikotsu-Toya National Park is home to caldera lakes, geothermal hot springs and Mount Yotei, known as “the Mount Fuji of Hokkaido”.The island also boasts popular ski resorts in Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano. In addition to the rich nature and beautiful scenery that can be seen throughout the year, the natural hot springs are an essential part of any visit to Hokkaido. The island is a paradise for hot spring lovers and has the largest number of hot springs in Japan thanks to its abundant, wide-ranging spring water. One of the highlights of hot springs in Hokkaido is the spectacular views of magnificent natural scenery that transforms with the seasons. When it’s time to relax at the end of a long day of traveling, there are a wealth of options to choose from, from resorts with spacious baths to secluded inns off the beaten track.

Traveling to Japan

Estimated flight times

East Asia
South Korea (Seoul)2 hr. 30 min.
China (Shanghai)3 hr.
Taiwan (Taipei)4 hr.
Hong Kong5 hr.
Macao5 hr.
Mongolia5 hr. 30 min.
Southeast Asia
Philippines (Manila)4 hr. 30 min.
Vietnam (Hanoi)5 hr.
Thailand (Bangkok)6 hr. 30 min.
Cambodia6 hr. 30 min.
Singapore7 hr.
Myanmar7 hr.
(Kuala Lumpur)
7 hr. 30 min.
Indonesia (Bali)7 hr. 30 min.
South Asia
India8 hr. 45 min.
Sri Lanka9 hr. 20 min.
North America
Canada (Vancouver)8 hr. 30 min.
Canada (Toronto)12 hr.
United States (Los Angeles)10 hr.
United States (New York)12 hr. 45 min.
Mexico12 hr. 30 min.
Guam3 hr. 45 min.
Saipan3 hr. 30 min.
United States (Hawaii)7 hr.
(Gold Coast)
8 hr. 50 min.
Australia (Sydney)9 hr. 45 min.
New Zealand10 hr. 30 min.
Poland11 hr. 30 min.
Austria11 hr. 45 min.
Germany12 hr.
Belgium12 hr.
UK12 hr. 30 min.
France12 hr. 30 min.
Italy12 hr. 30 min.
Switzerland12 hr. 30 min.
Spain14 hr. 30 min.
Northern Europe
Finland10 hr.
Denmark11 hr. 20 min.
Moscow10 hr.
Vladivostok2 hr. 30 min.

Travel to Hokkaido from within Japan

Estimated flight times

New Chitose Airport1 hr. 35 min.
Nakashibetsu Airport1 hr. 50 min.
Tancho Kushiro Airport1 hr. 45 min.
Hakodate Airport1 hr. 25 min.
Memanbetsu Airport1 hr. 45 min.
Asahikawa Airport1 hr. 45 min.
Obihiro Airport1 hr. 45 min.
Wakkanai Airport1 hr. 55 min.
New Chitose Airport2 hr.
Hakodate Airport1 hr. 40 min.
Memanbetsu Airport2 hr. 55 min.
New Chitose Airport1 hr. 45 min.
Hakodate Airport1 hr. 35 min.
Asahikawa Airport2 hr.
New Chitose Airport2 hr. 30 min.

Travel within Hokkaido

The map shows the shortest routes when traveling along national highways.
Distances are in km, times in parentheses are estimated travel times.