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Hokkaido

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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 experie..

Asahikawa

Asahikawa

Asahikawa, in central Hokkaido, is the prefecture's second biggest city, but despite this is known for its many rivers, as well as close proxmity to the Daisetsuzan mountain range. Culturally, the region is famous for its arts and sculptures, with the Hokkaido Traditional Arts and Crafts Village..

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 ..

Dining

Picnic Cafe in Biei

Picnic Cafe in Biei

Picnic is a rustic cafe off the road on the way from Biei to the Blue Pond (Aoiike). This quaint restaurant serves a variety of light meals and dessert, in addition to coffee. There is counter seating and a few tables available for larger groups. The..

Jolly Jelly Fish in Hakodate

Jolly Jelly Fish in Hakodate

Jolly Jelly Fish is a unique Japanese-Western restaurant near the Mt. Hakodate Ropeway in Hakodate with great atmosphere and delicious food. Open for lunch and dinner late into the night, the house specialty is sutepi, or steak and rice pilaf, a tast..

Halal Cuisine in Donburichaya Otaru

Halal Cuisine in Donburichaya Otaru

Otaru, located just a stone's throw away from Sapporo (around 30 minutes ride by train), not only has a beautiful canal view that will remind you of the old Japanese port, but it is also famous for its food! Various food can be found in Otaru Sak..

Places to stay

Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi

Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi

The Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi is a beautiful onsen (hot spring) hotel to stay at while enjoying the incredible scenery of the Shiretoko National Park in every season. Located in the town of Utoro, it is 50 minutes by bus from JR Shiretoko Sha..

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..

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Press Cafe in Otaru

Press Cafe in Otaru

Press Cafe is a lovely retro-style cafe and restaurant away from the main shopping streets of Otaru. Located on the northern side of the canal opposite to the tourist attractions, the setting is far quieter and a relaxing space to spend some time enj..

Utoro Women's Fishery Cafeteria

Utoro Women's Fishery Cafeteria

The Utoro Women's Fishery Cafeteria is located in the small seaside town of Utoro, the gateway town to Shiretoko National Park. This 40-year-old restaurant is run by women from the Utoro fishing industry and their seafood rice bowls (kaisen don) ..

Jiyouken Ramen in Hakodate

Jiyouken Ramen in Hakodate

Jiyouken is Hakodate shio (salt) ramen at its simplest and finest. Located off a small, quiet street about 10 minutes' walk from the JR Hakodate train station, the atmosphere of the restaurant is authentic and straightforward. On a weekday at lun..

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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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