September 22, 2015

Hokkaido might be better known for its colder climes: Its capital’s largest annual event is the Sapporo Snow Festival, and its ski slopes attract a steady stream of tourists once fresh powder covers the sprawling ski resorts – after all, Sapporo was the first Asian city to play host to the Winter Olympics in 1972. But take a chance on Hokkaido in the summer, when the weather is pleasantly balmy without the searing heat of Tokyo. From Sapporo, it’s an easy drive to the famous lavender fields, where you have to remember to grab a lavender soft serve cone and some croquette along the way, too.


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