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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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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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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Hokuryu Sunflower Festival

Hokuryu Sunflower Festival

Kim

The summer months in Japan see a number of sunflower festivals pop up on the calendar, and one of the best is Hokkaido's Hoku...

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Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival

Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival

Kim

Running annually since 1992, the Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival is based on the migration of around 1,000 white swans that...

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Where to eat in Hokkaido

Ramen Nishiya

Ramen Nishiya

Kim

Ramen Nishiya is located right by the boarding area for the Garinko II Ice Breaker ship. Their most famous offering is their ...

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Ajidokoro Azuma

Ajidokoro Azuma

Kim

Ajidokoro Azuma in Monbetsu offers a range of both seafood and meat dishes in a homely, warm environment. It's the perfect sp...

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Hakodate Eat Street

Hakodate Eat Street

Bonson Lam

Hemmed between the Pacific Ocean and the cold currents from Siberia, one could imagine Daimon Yokocho being frequented by sea...

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Places to stay in Hokkaido

Yukari Loghouse

Yukari Loghouse

Sandro Bernardinello

Furano is one of the most popular destinations in Hokkaido, especially in summer. If you are travelling on a budget, this is ...

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Latest Hokkaido Reports

Ramen Nishiya

Ramen Nishiya

Kim

Ramen Nishiya is located right by the boarding area for the Garinko II Ice Breaker ship. Their most famous offering is their ...

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Ajidokoro Azuma

Ajidokoro Azuma

Kim

Ajidokoro Azuma in Monbetsu offers a range of both seafood and meat dishes in a homely, warm environment. It's the perfect sp...

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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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