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Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

About Hokkaido
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Top Attractions in Hokkaido

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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Onuma Hakodate Snow & Ice Festival

Onuma Hakodate Snow & Ice Festival

Early Feb

Enjoy snow sculptures and an exciting ice slide at the Onuma Hakodate Snow and Ice Festival, held on the first weekend of February...

1 Free
Monbetsu Drift Ice Festival

Monbetsu Drift Ice Festival

Feb 11th - Feb 14th

Monbetsu, in north eastern Hokkaido, hosts an annual drift ice festival in February. The event features some incredible ice sculptures..

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Feb 6th - Feb 14th

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival is just a quick trip from Sapporo and offers a romantic romp through a candlelit snowscape.

10 Free

Where to eat in Hokkaido

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...

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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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 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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