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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Yubari Fantastic Film Festival

Yubari Fantastic Film Festival

Jul 28th - Aug 1st

This little town in the depths of Hokkaido hosts to what it claims to be "The most fun movie festival in the world", so it is time..

12 ¥1,500
Kutchan Jagamatsuri

Kutchan Jagamatsuri

Early Aug

The Kutchan Jagamatsuri is a fantastic summer festival aimed at celebrating Kutchan's rich agriculture industry and family friendly..

Free
Hokkai Bon Odori

Hokkai Bon Odori

Mid Aug

Hokkai Bon Odori, worth every second of joy

4 Free

Where to eat in Hokkaido

Sora Japanese Restaurant

Sora Japanese Restaurant

Bonson Lam

I am mesmerized by the patterns on the aprons. The cats’ eye patterns evoke an ancient culture, hidden beneath the snowstorms...

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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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Yukari Loghouse

Yukari Loghouse

Sandro Bernardinello

Furano is one of the most popular destinations in Hokkaido, especially in summer. If you are travelling on a budget, this is likely..

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Latest Hokkaido Reports

Camaro Steak Diner

Camaro Steak Diner

Bonson Lam

Experience Spanish flair and Japanese expertise in Hotaru Street, the heart of Hokkaido's ski in ski out Tomamu Resort

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Restaurant Mikaku

Restaurant Mikaku

Bonson Lam

Ochazuke is a signature dish at this comfort food restaurant. The aged salmon flavor stands out on a bed of hot rice. The fluffy..

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Hokkaido in Springtime

Hokkaido in Springtime

Bonson Lam

May is the best time to travel to Hokkaido Japan. Not only can you see the cherry blossoms, but other flower festivals, and the..

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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 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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