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Hokkaido in Season

Hokkaido in Season
 
New York, New York, January 26, 2011:  Hokkaido is one of the destinations beyond Tokyo that is opened to more travelers with much better access through the new international flight service at Tokyo's inner-city Haneda Airport.  With abundance of nature Hokkaido has developed both adventure and indulgence alluring for couples, families and group travelers both in summer and winter.  Just 1.5 hour flight from the capital city Tokyo through the new hop-on hop-off connection at Haneda Airport, Hokkaido's dynamic and nature-oriented activities are much closer.  Adventure, nature, modern resorts and design - Hokkaido geared up with all of these for year-around vacation.
 
NISEKO:  Listed in the New York Times "The 41 Places to Go in 2011," Niseko has been a world class ski resort with superior quality powder snow.  The mountain opened this season with the newly renovated resort hotel, the Greenleaf Niseko Village on December 1, 2010.  The Greenleaf features 200 guest rooms with peaceful natural views, the best natural outdoor hot springs in Niseko, and access to varieties of winter activities in Niseko Village Ski Area.  The ski-in, ski-out location also provides magnificent views from the roof-top deck, lobby lounge and a restaurant to mountain lovers.  Along with the existing Niseko Hilton Hotel, the international resort will add another resort soon:  A luxury resort Capella Niseko is scheduled to open in August 2012, with an internationally famed architect Tadao Ando's design.
 
Niseko's summer is outdoor activity heaven:  rafting, kayaking, horseback riding and more nature activities.  Varieties of activities are as large as the Rockies, and design oriented resorts adds a unique touch to the summer memory.  For more activity menu, go to http://www.nisekotourism.com/en/.
 
 

TOMAMU:  Japan's winter wonderland is here:  The large open central Hokkaido turns to Ice Village with varieties of beautiful icy experiences from ice hotel to ice bar.

Within a couple of hour driving from Hokkaido's capital Sapporo, Tomamu Alpha Resort takes advantage of serene lakes and open spaces, featuring unique relaxation to icy experience in winter, and from adventure programs and dynamic sports activities to breathtaking dining experience.  The winter arctic weather over Hokkaido creates perfect icy field for the ice playground for family travelers and more:  Ice Village, a hotel room built with crystal ice bricks, Snow Garden Café with bonfires and s'more tables, Ice Bar inspired by Scandinavian way to get warm with alcohol, Ice Chapel for mystique yet elegant wedding ceremonies, and Atelier of Ice for ice sculpture workshops.  These all transform to different experience in summer:  The Chapel becomes Water Chapel designed by Tadao Ando with breathtaking views of green forests and water behind the panoramic glass wall, the mystique branch looking over "the cloud sea" which appears in the right weather and temperature, and golf courses facilitate children to adults of any level.  Although Tomamu is rather inland, the Wave Pool housed in the glass dome is unforgettable summer family experience.

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