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Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

About Hokkaido
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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Sapporo White Illumination

Sapporo White Illumination

Late Nov - Late Dec

The Sapporo White Illumination event started back in 1981 with a fairly modest 1048 lights. Over the years, the event has expanded..


Where to eat in Hokkaido

Places to stay in Hokkaido

Hotel Pearl City Sapporo

Hotel Pearl City Sapporo

Valerie Kor

Stay in Hotel Pearl City Sapporo, which is conveniently located in the downtown and within walkable distance to many of the Sa..

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Hakodate Delights

Hakodate Delights

Rey Waters

A four day itinerary touring Hakodate and its surrounding area, dining on local fish and visiting top attractions.

Hot Spring Lodge Daiichi

Hot Spring Lodge Daiichi


If you're visiting Nakashibetsu and looking for a place to stay, Hot Spring Lodge Daiichi is a great option. This comfortable..


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
Region Hokkaido
Island Hokkaido
Capital Sapporo
Population 5,506,419
Area 83,424.22 km²

In 2014, Hokkaido (北海道, Hokkaidō) 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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