My weeks started out in the tropics, 30 degree balmy weather and all.
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ICE FESTIVAL IN LAKE SHIKOTSU
Then, short of time as always, I got back on a plane straight away to land in Hokkaido just in time to catch the lovely ice festival by Shikotsu Lake just outside Sapporo and the opening ceremonies of the Sapporo Snow Festival.
I’d stayed at Lake Shikotsu on an autumn hot springs trip sometime back, so this visit to Lake Shikotsu brought back many nice memories.
RIDING A SNOWMOBILE IN HOKKAIDO
In between, we did lots of fun things like riding up and down mountains on a snowmobile, and then whizzing down the ski slopes just 30 minutes outside of Sapporo City.
The ski slopes are just 30 minutes away from Sapporo City and so are the mountains for driving snowmobiles.
SKIING IN HOKKAIDO
AT SAPPORO TEINE
The Teine ski slopes outside Sapporo City are less famous than Niseko, but also way nearer and way less crowded.
This means you can book a hotel in Sapporo and do many other things like shopping and eating out in a wide variety of restaurants, and then you can do day trips to the Sapporo Teine ski slopes and the snow mobile area.