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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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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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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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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, in central Hokkaido, is the prefecture's second biggest city, but despite this is known for its many rivers, as we...

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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 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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Watercolors of Hokkaido

Watercolors of Hokkaido

Kim B

"Watercolors of Hokkaido" is a special exhibition taking place at the Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art. The event looks into ...

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Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

Japan Travel

The Sapporo Snow Festival is a festival held annually each winter up in Sapporo, Hokkaido, attracting visitors from all over ...

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Where to eat in Hokkaido

Veggy Way Sapporo

Veggy Way Sapporo

Kim B

Veggy Way in Sapporo is a vegan cafe that places a real emphasis on eating for health. Their core philosophy is based on the ...

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Hakodate Fish Market

Hakodate Fish Market

Bonson Lam

If the thought of eating a still alive squid will make you squirm, there are other alternatives to get close to the freshest ...

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Places to stay in Hokkaido

Zaborin Ryokan

Zaborin Ryokan

Russell Mellor

An designer contemporary ryokan - a hidden retreat enveloped by nature.There are 15 villas in total, each with two private on...

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Hotel Nemuro Kaiyoutei

Hotel Nemuro Kaiyoutei

Amanda Ho

Nemuro is the eastern-most city of Japan. Only a five minute walk from the last train station on the Nemuro Main Line and the...

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Latest Hokkaido Reports

Okhotsk Tower

Okhotsk Tower

Kim B

Monbetsu's Okhotsk Tower gives visitors an insight into what happens in the Sea of Okhotsk. Visitors are able to hold pieces ...

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Zaborin Ryokan

Zaborin Ryokan

Russell Mellor

An designer contemporary ryokan - a hidden retreat enveloped by nature.There are 15 villas in total, each with two private on...

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Veggy Way Sapporo

Veggy Way Sapporo

Kim B

Veggy Way in Sapporo is a vegan cafe that places a real emphasis on eating for health. Their core philosophy is based on the ...

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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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