In contrast to Japan’s urban south, the northern island of Hokkaido is a natural wonderland. Blessed with moderate summer temperatures and lots of snow in winter, it is one of the country’s most popular vacation spots, and plugged-in visitors check in at The Windsor Hotel TOYA Resort & Spa. Perched on Mount Poromoi, the resort is a beacon of contemporary architecture, with a gleaming exterior whose shape reminds of an ocean liner. Interiors focus on the stunning views, which have been compared to the Swiss Alps. A longtime favorite of sophisticated Asian travelers, the resort gained fame when it hosted the G8 summit in 2008. Guests are spoiled with outdoor activities, though many stay put to take advantage of the Bloom Spa and more than ten high-quality dining venues.