About Hokkaido
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.

Latest travel features

Lake Akan 

Beautiful forest, Marimo moss, and bubbling mud

Kushiro Wetlands

White-tailed eagles, cranes, and deer!


Beautiful world of nature

Community discussion


Lovely video, some excellent examples of Japan's natural beauty that it holds in abundance

Mysterious Lake: Onneto

What a gorgeous area!

Zerubu Hill

The picture with lonely trees is simply stunning!

Hokkaido's Snow Energy

Nice use of the info. graphic