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

Horseback Riding in Ishikari City

Enjoy nature in cool, wide open Hokkaido in the north

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

Community discussion

Hokkaido's Snow Energy

Nice use of the info. graphic

Sapporo Beer Museum and Bier Garten

Love the ending! Perfect description of the snow. I could see it floating into my office on a hot day in August!

Cheapest Ways from Tokyo to Sapporo

I appreciate this well organized and comprehensive article. I am going to use this for a winter trip.

Hakodate on foot

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