Strap your snowshoes on to your winter boots and head out on foot for an altogether quieter and more peaceful way to take in the beautiful Hokkaido landscapes. Several tours are available, whether you’re looking for a gentler trip sticking to the tracks or a more testing route through the deep powder. Wherever you head, you’ll be in for some staggering views, not to mention insight and anecdotes from an expert guide. One of the most rewarding snowshoe routes is the walk to Hangetsu-ko, a magnificent frozen crater lake hidden within the snow fields.
You can choose a morning or afternoon departure, and most tours take around two hours. It's a good work-out, but there's always plenty of time for a hot tea stop.