A Beginner’s Guide to Hokkaido | AFAR

Skiers and snowboarders flock to this Japanese winter wonderland for its piles of snow, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit the northernmost island prefecture—here’s how to spend your trip there whether you’re hitting the slopes or not.With snowfall accumulations of up to 45 feet each winter, the northern Japanese island prefecture of Hokkaido has garnered the attention of wide-eyed powder hounds from around the world. There are a handful of formidable ski resorts to choose from, including Furano and Rusutsu, but foreign ski and snowboard enthusiasts seek out  Niseko in particular. It comprises four resorts across Mount Niseko-Annupuri—Annupuri ,  Niseko Village ,  Grand Hirafu , and Hanazono—which share one all-encompassing “Niseko United” pass and are linked by trails and ski lifts. Even more appealing for nomadic snow worshippers? The four-in-one ticket is part of international multi-resort passes from Ikon and Mountain Collective. However, you don’t need to be a skilled skier or snowboarder to enjoy Hokkaido’s snowy haven.

Source: A Beginner’s Guide to Hokkaido | AFAR