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

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interesting!

Akan National Park: Hokkaido's Nature at its Best

Forest, lake and volcano at Hokkaido's National Park

Beautiful scenery

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need to go there!

The Forest Clock (Mori no Tokei)

Gorgeous cafe that sits in a forest of pine trees

Apologies for the late reply! You may need a car to get around Furano. I took a taxi. :)