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.

Things to Do in Hokkaido

Latest travel features

The God of the Marsh

The story of Japan's red-crowned crane

Yubari's Takinoue Park

Quiet park with beautiful ravines

Mashu Onsen Roadside Station

Foot bath in a popular hot spring area

Halal Yakiniku Kou in Sapporo

Enjoying Gyutan Halal in Sapporo

Community discussion

The God of the Marsh

The story of Japan's red-crowned crane

The 2nd and 3rd pics are really awesome. Thanks for the article. I like to see the cranes.

Hokkaido's Kushiro-Shitsugen

Japan's beautiful winter wonderland!

Awesome pictures!

Sapporo Snow Festival

Art meets snow in Hokkaido

I hope I can visit this next year!

Winter Tranquility in Otaru

Enjoy the winter serenity walking the streets of Otaru

Looks Nice Place!