This double-decker overnight train takes 17 hours for the run and offers private rooms only. It does the journey to Sapporo in around 21 hours with one departure each day.
December is a pleasant time to visit and a White Christmas is a likely bet.
The annual, seven-day Sapporo Snow Festival ( takes place in early February.
It is an event worth working into your calendar, as are views of the “petrified” iced-up trees in the gardens of the Hokkaido prefectural government building.
For a true taste of Japan skiing and white powder, Hokkaido ski resorts and hotels offer an attractive range for all wallets.
For those seeking to meet somebody new after the loss of a spouse, it can often seem hard to know where to begin.
This was renovated in 2004 and has developed into one of the city’s major draws, with official “Hokkaido Heritage” recognition.