Hokkaido is Japan's second largest island, north of Honshu and separated from that island by the Tsugaru Strait. Fairly near Russia, Hokkaido is Japan's largest prefecture by far and features coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean. Its varied topography includes rugged mountains and volcanic plateaus in the centre and coastal plains elsewhere. Hokkaido's capital is Sapporo, the host of the 1972 Winter Olympic Games; Asahikawa and Hakodate are two other major cities on the island. Although its cool climate and landscapes can be somewhat similar to those found in northern Europe, Hokkaido's numerous hot springs are a trait not to be found in that region.
Much of Hokkaido is untamed wilderness and national parks, and its aboriginal people - the Ainu - are as unique and almost as untamed as the land they live on. Unlike other Japanese islands, all of which have been inhabited for thousands of years, most of Hokkaido was only recently settled by the Japanese - within the last 100 years. As a result, Hokkaido's cities sport much more modern architecture than the remainder of Japan. In short, Hokkaido is a different Japan: much of the island is a lightly populated, untamed wilderness with severe winters and a sparse history. Even the food is different on Hokkaido. But this is a natural wonderland that definitely should not be left off your itinerary. Hokkaido winters serve up superb skiing and snowboarding, spring and summer offer colourful flowers, and crimson and gold leaves abound in autumn. And there's plenty of opportunity to absorb some of the local culture and colour, with abundant festivals offered year round.
Hokkaido is an exciting holiday destination that is beginning to be discovered by travellers seeking striking natural scenery, winter sports or colourful cultural traditions. Direct Flights books discount travel to Hokkaido: allow Direct Flights to set you up with cheap flights to Hokkaido or super cheap Hokkaido travel packages that also include discount hotel accommodation in Hokkaido. Direct Flights arranges cheap holidays to Hokkaido departing from just about anywhere in the world, including Australia, the United States, or the United Kingdom and many other countries, and with Direct Flights working for you, you'll get the best rates available.
Some highlights of your discount travel to Hokkaido might include Shiretoko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in eastern Hokkaido that features a number of endangered wildlife species; the severe mountain landscapes and serene valleys of the Taisetsu Mountains; Sapporo's Ainu Museum, shopping, festivals and winter sports; and the fresh-caught seafood in Hakodate, a thriving seaport at the far south of Hokkaido. But there are many more sights to see on this marvellous island. Flights to Hokkaido arrive just south of Sapporo, so you can set off from there. Allow Direct Flights, your online travel specialist, to set it all up today. It's fast and easy, and you'll save money too!