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Hokkaido

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Top Attractions in Hokkaido

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Hakodate

Hakodate

If, like me, you arrive at Hakodate by cruise ship, the largest dock is a 5 minute bus or taxi ride from the Hakodate city ce...

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Sapporo

Sapporo

The largest city in Hokkaido has a western flavor with streets running in square blocks that were initially designed by Ameri...

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Furano

Furano

Located in the heart of Hokkaido lies a magnificent paradise for flower lovers – Furano. If Netherlands is the garden of Euro...

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Asahikawa

Asahikawa

Asahikawa Airport in Hokkaido cuts a sharp form as planes come and go from its single runway. With easy access from Asahikawa...

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Otaru

Otaru

Otaru is a beautiful little port town just one hour northwest of Sapporo. Overlooking Ishikari Bay, this port town is well kn...

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Niseko

Niseko

Niseko is a paradise for anyone who wants to experience some of the lightest and fluffiest snow in the world. And with an ave...

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New Chitose

New Chitose

Hokkaido's capital, Sapporo, is served very well by New Chitose Airport. Only a relatively short train journey from the airpo...

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Memanbetsu

Memanbetsu

Memanbetsu Airport, located in the Ozora area of northern Hokkaido, is an ideal gateway to see and experience the island's mu...

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Obihiro

Obihiro

Serving the Tokachi region of Hokkaido, Tokachi Obihiro Airport is a natural gateway to the central area of the island. The c...

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Kushiro

Kushiro

Kushiro, Hokkaido, is home to Kushiro Airport. International charter flights to and from this airport have operated for more ...

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Kutchan

Kutchan

Kutchan is a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, in Japan's northern Hokkaido. Kutchan lies slightly to the north of th...

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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Sounkyo Onsen Ice Fall Festival

Sounkyo Onsen Ice Fall Festival

Kim

The annual Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival has been running for over 40 years now, and it celebrates the beauty of the harsh, cold ...

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Otaru Umeshu Festival

Otaru Umeshu Festival

Kim

Each year, Hokkaido's Tanaka Sake Brewing Kikkogura hosts the Otaru Umeshu Festival, which serves as a celebration of this mu...

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Where to eat in Hokkaido

Restaurant Mikaku

Restaurant Mikaku

Bonson Lam

Ochazuke is a signature dish at this comfort food restaurant. The aged salmon flavor stands out on a bed of hot rice. The flu...

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How to Cook Genghis Khan

How to Cook Genghis Khan

Bonson Lam

Cooking your own dinner can be a fun experience for two people but sharing one skillet amongst four adults may test your mett...

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Eastern Hokkaido Cuisine

Eastern Hokkaido Cuisine

Rey Waters

There are many types of food unique to Hokkaido. Eastern Hokkaido is famous for simple Crab Ramen all the way up to their spe...

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Places to stay in Hokkaido

Mombetsu Central Hotel

Mombetsu Central Hotel

Kim

The Mombetsu Central Hotel (sometimes written as Monbetsu) is conveniently located in the heart of the city area. The simple,...

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B & B Furano

B & B Furano

Amanda Ho

Located within a five minute walk from the base of the Kitanomine ski slope and gondola, tucked away from the main road, B&B ...

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Latest Hokkaido Reports

Restaurant Mikaku

Restaurant Mikaku

Bonson Lam

Ochazuke is a signature dish at this comfort food restaurant. The aged salmon flavor stands out on a bed of hot rice. The flu...

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When to Go to Sapporo

When to Go to Sapporo

Tom Roseveare

The Hokkaido capital of Sapporo City promises a range of things to see and do throughout the year. With Hokkaido known as a p...

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About Hokkaido

Hokkaido
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Hokkaido
Island Hokkaido
Capital Sapporo
Population 5,506,419
Area 83,424.22 sq. km

In 2014, Hokkaido (北海道, Hokkaidō) defended its number 1 position on the annual Prefectural Attractiveness Ranking (conducted by the Brand Research Institute) for the 6th year running, virtually making it a must-visit if you have time. First inhabited by the Ainu people, Hokkaido has its own very unique culture.

Some of the most delicious food in Japan can be found in Hokkaido, including seafood, miso ramen, agricultural products, and meat (especially mutton and lamb).

In terms of places to visit, Hokkaido isn’t just the winter resort many believe it to be, although the slopes in the Niseko area are among the best ski resorts in the world. Escape the heat and enjoy the beautiful lavender fields in Furano in the summer, while the fun Asahiyama Zoo and stunning Shiretoko Peninsula are just two of the many popular tourist destinations of Hokkaido.

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