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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival

Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival

Jan 15th - Feb 28th

Running annually since 1992, the Otofuke Tokachigawa Swan Festival is based on the migration of around 1,000 white swans that fly..

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Star Illumination of Goryokaku

Star Illumination of Goryokaku

Dec 1st - Feb 28th

Hakodate lights up the winter nights with a special three-month illumination at the Goryokaku star-shaped fortress.

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Sounkyo Onsen Ice Fall Festival

Sounkyo Onsen Ice Fall Festival

Jan 30th - Mar 14th

The annual Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival has been running for over 40 years now, and it celebrates the beauty of the harsh, cold winters..

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Places to stay in Hokkaido

Lodge Nutapukaushipe

Lodge Nutapukaushipe

Nicole Bauer

Wonderful wooden log cabin in Daisetsuzan National Park, with a warm and comforting atmosphere and full of amazing woodwork everywhere...

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Kitahiroshima Classe Hotel

Kitahiroshima Classe Hotel

Bonson Lam

For newcomers to Hokkaido, this resort eases you into this vast wilderness by bringing everything at your feet. From the nearby..

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About Hokkaido

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Region Hokkaido
Island Hokkaido
Capital Sapporo
Population 5,506,419
Area 83,424.22 sq. km

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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