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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Akan National Park

Forest, lake and volcano in Hokkaido's National Park

Rethinking Tradition in Tokachi

Japanese washoku cuisine is no fixed feast

Sapporo Teine Resort

Sapporo's Hidden Ski Gem

Sapporo Snow Fest 2017

Trump, Star Wars and PPAP are top snow sculptures

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Akan National Park

Forest, lake and volcano in Hokkaido's National Park

Beautiful landscapes! More the reason to keep planning my next trip to Hokkaido

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. :)

Mount Asahi's Stunning Contrasts

Picture-postcard ponds and powerful steam vents

Hi Anne, apologies for not responding earlier. I somehow missed this comment :-( I took the photos in June. In some parts there was still quite some snow left, but that made it even more beautiful. Hope...

Surf's Up Hokkaido

Seriously cool surfing - summer or winter

A unique side of Sapporo, thank you for sharing!