About Hokkaido
Region:Hokkaido
Island:Hokkaido
Capital:Sapporo
Population:5,506,419
Area:83,424.22 sq. km

In 2014, Hokkaido 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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Yuki Chichibu Onsen in Niseko

An amazing hot spring with a women's mud bath

Tsubara Tsubara Soup Curry

Taste a Hokkaido specialty on a trip to Niseko

Izakaya Raku

A tasty Japanese pub experience in Niseko

Ikoino Yuyado Iroha Onsen

A relaxing onsen in Niseko Annupuri

Community discussion

Yuki Chichibu Onsen in Niseko

Super interesting place to find off the radar!

Oyunuma

Great photos, it's interesting to see what it would look like without all the snow that is covering it at the moment.

Sapporo Snow Festival

Gorgeous photos! I went years ago for the 60th anniversary but the cool thing is that they always have new and different snow sculptures every year.