Here’s Another Reason Why You Should Go to Hokkaido (As If You Really Needed Another)

[SPONSORED CONTENT] Portom International Hokkaido is about to open up, and it's the perfect, most luxurious base to explore Japan's northern-most island.

Feb 18, 2020

Now accepting reservations for its January 2020 opening, the much-anticipated Portom International Hokkaido promises luxury, enrichment, and the perfect base for which to explore Hokkaido.

Gateway to Hokkaido

With a convenient location inside New Chitose Airport, the hotel provides easy access to Japan’s northernmost and least developed island. One of few luxury hotels in Hokkaido, it’s an ideal base for discovering a land of awe-inspiring beauty and wide-open spaces. The concierge can offer suggestions tailored to your needs—from renting a limousine to savor fine food in a nearby restaurant, to traveling by air to take in the natural splendor of Hokkaido.

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Sublime Accommodations

Decorated with gorgeous works of Japanese art, the hotel’s sleek, spacious guest rooms and suites range from 462 to more than 2,500 square feet. Relax and refresh in the Sukiya, Rimpa, and Zen suites, each featuring a personal, in-room hot-spring onsen (bath). Suites also include a Western and Japanese buffet-style breakfast.

Japanese Encounters

Through personalized service and authentic experiences, Portom International Hokkaido takes you on an enriching journey.

Art → Enjoy Japanese fine art throughout the hotel, including works rarely seen in Hokkaido. You’ll find Fushimi dolls by Ito Jakuchu and Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) in the lobby, guest rooms, and guest salon. An installation by Sometsukasa Yoshioka, a Kyoto-based textile dyeing workshop, adorns the elevator hall. And on the richly textured walls of the lobby lounge, discover the “Ishuretsuzo” by Hakyo Kakizaki—a portrait series of the Ainu people that celebrates ancient Hokkaido history and culture.

Culture →  Experience an authentic tea ceremony in the hotel’s teahouse, built in centuries-old sukiya-zukuri style, which uses lights to express the natural passage of time. You can also participate in classical Japanese dance in the hotel’s large tatami-floored banquet hall.

Creative Cuisine

Dine on fine Western-style and Japanese fare without ever leaving Portom International Hokkaido. The hotel boasts two outposts of iconic restaurants: Shimogamo Saryo and Tateru Yoshino.

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With an original location in Kyoto near Shimogamo Shrine—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Shimogamo Saryo was founded in 1856. Combining innovation and tradition in an elegant atmosphere, the restaurant offers Kyoto-style kaiseki dishes inspired by traditional tea ceremonies, creating one-of-a-kind dining experiences.

Michelin-starred Tateru Yoshino’s eponymous restaurant showcases modern French gastronomy at its best: dishes made with carefully selected seasonal ingredients, perfectly matured cheeses, desserts of great beauty, a superb wine list, artistic presentation, and polished service.

Discovering Hokkaido

Step off the plane in New Chitose Airport and you’re practically in Portom International Hokkaido. From here, explore a destination beloved among luxury travelers for its four-season beauty, buzzing capital city, and exquisite art and cuisine. Don’t miss hot spots like these.

Shikotsu-Toya National Park → With spectacular scenery that includes caldera lakes, onsen towns, and volcanic mountains, this park is a great spot to hike or fish; rent bikes, boats, and scuba gear; and unwind in the surrounding hot springs. Climb Mount Tarumae, an active stratovolcano, where you’ll be greeted by impressive alpine vistas and superb views of Lake Shikotsu.

Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park → From April to early June, this 25-acre park turns a vivid pink, thanks to its broad blooming fields of delicate shibazakura (moss phlox). This is the epitome of spring in Hokkaido, and the vivid contrast of the pink moss and expansive blue sky is simply breathtaking. Visit during the springtime Shibazakura Festival, which features local cuisine and performances.

Kushiro Shitsugen National Park → Set on Hokkaido’s southeastern end, this park is home to the only known population of the endangered Japanese crane—a traditional symbol of both longevity and Japan. Now numbering over 1,000, the cranes are a big draw for nature photographers and bird watchers alike.

Start your explorations at https://www.portom.jp/

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Portom International Hokkaido is about to open up, and it’s the perfect, most luxurious base to explore Japan’s northern-most island.