A few weeks ago, I started another new feature on Travel Lightbulb - picking the best bits out of the travel magazines for those looking for a bit of adventure, and something different. This week, I'm focusing on a place I have to admit I hadn't even heard of when I saw in on one of the lists in the travel magazines at the end of last year!
Japan's network of bullet trains is expanding, and after more than a decade of construction, it will extend to the country's most northern island for the first time. It will take just over four hours to reach Hokkaido - but what can you find there? Well in the winter its powdery snow makes it very popular with skiers.
In the summer months, the hiking is said to be fantastic. You can also go canoeing and fishing on Lake Kussharo, or can head to the Shiretoko Peninsula to spot eagles, whales and dolphins.
Put off by the cost? Don't be - because of the weak yen, Japan is cheaper to visit than it has been in years. In fact according to a Post Office Travel Money survey, it was recently named the third cheapest long-haul destination for British travellers. Take advantage of that, and try something different!