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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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Furano

Furano

Located in the heart of Hokkaido lies a magnificent paradise for flower lovers – Furano. If Netherlands is the garden of Europe, then undoubtedly, Furano will be the garden of Asia: a land of surprise, nature, and romance. The mesmerizing lavender fields of Furano are a familiar site to those..

Hakodate

Hakodate

If, like me, you arrive at Hakodate by cruise ship, the largest dock is a 5 minute bus or taxi ride from the Hakodate city centre. The dock itself is fairly bare with a few administrative buildings close by. The more significant port in Hakodate centre was one of the first three ports in Japan opene..

Sapporo

Sapporo

The largest city in Hokkaido has a western flavor with streets running in square blocks that were initially designed by American Horace Capron back in the early 1870’s. A short walk from Sapporo Station is Odori Park where there is always something happening. During our summer visit we experi..

Dining

Halal Yakiniku Kou in Sapporo

Halal Yakiniku Kou in Sapporo

Yakiniku (Grilled Meat Dishes) Kou Restaurant which located in the suburban Sapporo is the First Yakiniku Halal Restaurant in Hokkaido! Following the increasing of halal restaurants in major cities in Japan such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the launchi..

Akkeshi Gourmet Park

Akkeshi Gourmet Park

Akkeshi, coming from the word “Akkekeshi” (an Ainu word), means a place with lots of oysters, and hence, Akkeshi town, in eastern Hokkaido is well known for its oysters. As it lies halfway between Kushiro and Nemuro, Akkeshi is a good res..

La Laiterie Nakashibetsu

La Laiterie Nakashibetsu

Opened in the 1990's, La Laiterie Nakashibetsu is a small cosy cafe serving fresh hand-made yogurt products in Nakashibetsu. A one minute drive from Nakashibetsu airport, this is a good place to chill and relax while waiting for flights or on the..

Places to stay

B & B Furano

B & B Furano

For travelers who prefer private bathrooms and clean rooms, B&B Furano offers accommodation at an affordable price. Many come to Furano to admire her flowers in summer, and to ski in winter. Furano also boasts a wide variety of fresh agricultural..

Hotel Nemuro Kaiyoutei

Hotel Nemuro Kaiyoutei

Nemuro is the eastern-most city of Japan. Only a five minute walk from the last train station on the Nemuro Main Line and the bus terminal, Hotel Nemuro Kaiyoutei is one of the city’s top hotels near the train station. From the moment I arrived..

Daisetsuzan Shirakabaso Hostel

Daisetsuzan Shirakabaso Hostel

Daisetsuzan Shirakabaso Youth Hostel is located at the foot of Mount Asahidake, Hokkaido’s highest mountain at 2291 meters. It is part of Asahidake Onsen, a small resort village consisting of a handful of hot spring hotels. Due to its location ..

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Rethinking Tradition in Tokachi

Rethinking Tradition in Tokachi

“Tradition” can be a difficult word to use in relation to Japan, as with many other countries heritage is subjective, some traditions hold a millennia to their name while others less than a century, but it is hard to think of another coun..

Sapporo Teine Resort

Sapporo Teine Resort

There are many different ski resorts near Sapporo for snow enthusiasts to choose from, including the famed Niseko. But if you’re looking for a less crowded resort closer to the city that still offers great snow, a variety of terrain, and killer..

Sapporo Snow Fest 2017

Sapporo Snow Fest 2017

The Sapporo Snow Fest is a must-see if you are in Japan in the winter! Every year the festival is several sites, including Sapporo City's Odori Park, in the first and second weeks of February. This year's fest included tons of..

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About hokkaido

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionHokkaido
IslandHokkaido
CapitalSapporo
Population5,506,419
Area83,424.22 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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