Japanese towns always reveal a contrasting beauty between tradition and modernity. You should visit Sapporo in Hokkaido in order to fully enjoy the duality of Japan. Your journey will take you to the sanctuary of Hokkaido Jingu. You will enjoy a spiritual walk in a verdant haven when you visit this Shinto temple which is located at the centre of Maruyama Park. As you walk along the front of the modern buildings where the Japanese do business in Sapporo, you will arrive at the historic museum which displays models of traditional houses from all over Hokkaido Island. This tour will afford you a unique journey back in time to explore the late 19th Century. History buffs and inquisitive minds who visit Japan to get immersed in the history of the country will not be disappointed.
On Hokkaido Island, to the west of Sapporo, Shikasai-no-Oka is the choice destination to visit in Japan in order to enjoy the splendour of the Japanese countryside. From April to October, you will find a rarely encountered kaleidoscope of flowers in this garden located on the hills of Biei City. Fields of lavender, tulips or even sunflowers stretch as far as the eyes can see and offer you one of the most beautiful views of your journey, with Mount Dasetsu in the background. You can conclude your tour of this destination in Japan by riding in Norokko, a small ferry which will take you on a picturesque tour across this ocean of colours. In winter, the slopes of Shikisai-no-Oka become transformed into "Snowland", a domain for descents on the snow using sledges or snowmobiles.