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 Eastern-Most Point of Japan

The lighthouse at Cape Nosappu

Higashi-Nemuro Station

The eastern-most train station in Japan

Mount Tarumae

An active volcano in Shikotsu-Toya National Park

Sapporo Sky Garden

A heavenly garden in the biggest city of Hokkaido

Community discussion

Be a WWOOF Volunteer in Hokkaido

Support local farmers and save on accommodation

Hi Jihad,
Apologies for the late response. I volunteered for two weeks from June 30 till July 14

Cheapest Ways from Tokyo to Sapporo

Comparing alternative methods of transport

I'm always up for cheap airfare!

A Winter Wonderland

Sapporo Snow Festival 2016

I want to go this year!

Sapporo Sky Garden

A heavenly garden in the biggest city of Hokkaido

I have lots of fun when I drink fruit soda and eat a Chinese take-out in this garden.