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.

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Community discussion

Sapporo Clock Tower

Nice angle from the opposite building of the clock tower! I was a bit disappointed when I came here the first time 3 years ago, it felt small compared to what I have imagined. Have to try enjoying the...

Kutchan Information Center

The Kutchan info Center is probably the most reliable place to get info on rental cars, buses, transfers, and info about accessing the surrounding resorts in Niseko. It will look much different as the...

Russian Orthodox Church Hakodate

I'm pretty sure I stumbled across another Orthodox church in Morioka too!