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Cheap Flights to Hokkaido

The beautiful country of Japan is made up of four major islands, the second-largest of which is Hokkaido. Hokkaido is home to one of Japan's most popular tourist cities, Sapporo, as well as some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in the world. To book a stress-free trip to Hokkaido, check out the free Skyscanner Mobile App. With the app, you can search, compare, and book the cheapest flights to Hokkaido from anywhere in the world, all on your mobile device. Then, finish off your trip planning by searching for Hokkaido hotels and car rentals all on the same convenient app.

Best Time to Book a Flight to Hokkaido

Most areas of Japan receive little to no snowfall during the winter months. The island of Hokkaido, however, generally sees a healthy amount of snow from November to March. But the cold weather doesn't stop tourists from visiting - skiing, snowboarding, and winter festivals are some of the island's major tourist activities. The island sees a lot of tourist activity in the spring as well when the cherry blossom trees are blooming. Summers are another great time to visit as the weather is usually comfortably warm. If your travel dates are flexible, try using Skyscanner's Cheapest Month Search Tool to discover the best time to fly to Hokkaido, price-wise.

Airport and Airline Options in Hokkaido

The biggest and busiest airport in Hokkaido is located close to the island's capital city, Sapporo. New Chitose Airport (CTS) also serves the cities of Chitose, Tomakomai, and Hokkaido. The airport consists of two terminals, one exclusively for domestic flights and one for international flights. Flights from Tokyo to Hokkaido are very frequent at CTS on airlines like All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, and Jetstar Japan.

Hakodate Airport (HKD), located about 8 km from Hakodate, is the next-busiest airport in Hokkaido. The airport serves over a million passengers per year with the most popular international flight route being Taipei to Hakodate. Vanilla Air, a popular Japanese low-cost carrier, offers frequent, inexpensive flights to Hakodate from Osaka and Tokyo.

Asahikawa Airport (AKJ) is the last airport option in Hokkaido. The airport sits on the border between the cities of Asahikawa and Higashikagura. The airport currently consists of one terminal, but construction on the new international terminal is set to be completed in 2018. The new terminal will meet the growing passenger demands for international flight routes from places like Seoul and Shanghai. Asiana Airlines, Japan Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines are some of the popular airlines serving AKJ.

Currently, there are no airports on the island with direct flight routes between Canada and Hokkaido. To fly from Canada to Hokkaido, your flight route will have a layover in popular Asian cities like Shanghai, Taipei, or Seoul. Your layover may also be in a large Japanese city like Tokyo or Osaka.

What to See and Do in Hokkaido

No matter where you stay in Hokkaido, you'll be treated to a great meal. Since most of the cities are close to the sea, seafood is an important part of the Hokkaido diet. Farming is also a big industry on the island, so the meals you eat will be homegrown and fresh. You can enjoy a picnic in one of Hokkaido's beautiful parks and flower gardens, then hike through the mountains or take a boat ride on the clear lakes. Many of Hokkaido's national parks, like Shikotsu-Toya National Park in central Hokkaido, also have relaxing hot springs and waterfalls that tourists love.

If you're staying in the capital city, Sapporo, be sure to stop by the Mt. Okura Observatory. Once the site of the 1972 Winter Olympics, this ski jump is now used as a lookout point, with a winter sports museum located at the base. The top of the ski jump is accessible year-round by chairlift and offers incredible views of Sapporo.

Flights to Hokkaido

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