Sapporo (Muroran), Japan
Travelers familiar with Honshu and Kyushu will find the island of Hokkaido a welcome contrast. Relatively unspoiled, Hokkaido offers dramatic landscapes ranging from dense forests and hot springs to active volcanoes and serene lakes nestled in calderas. To travelers familiar with the thronged streets of Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, Hokkaido presents a soothing change of pace.
Sapporo was a reflection of the "new" Japan of the Meiji Restoration. The city received international attention when it hosted the 1972 Winter Games.