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.

Latest travel features

Hokkaido's Snow Energy

Turning a blizzard into clean power

The Cruise Ship Port of Hakodate

Series: Cruise Ports of Japan

Singapore Kopitiam

Sapporo's very own Singaporean hawker centre

Ice Fishing on the Barato River

A unique way to experience Hokkaido in winter

Community discussion

Hakodate on foot

What a delightful trip! The contemplative convent at the end would be a special find.

Hokkaido's Snow Energy

Very interesting and look forward to seeing it.

Shiretoko & Lakes in East Hokkaido

Great pics. I've spent a lot of time in Hokkaido but never managed to get over to the East coast. I would love to visit the drift-ice one day.

Ryougoku Kutchan

Looks very delicious!