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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Kutchan Jagamatsuri

Kutchan Jagamatsuri

Aug 7th - Aug 8th

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

Free
Hokuryu Sunflower Festival

Hokuryu Sunflower Festival

Jul 20th - Aug 20th

The summer months in Japan see a number of sunflower festivals pop up on the calendar, and one of the best is Hokkaido's Hokuryu..

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Where to eat in Hokkaido

How to Cook Genghis Khan

How to Cook Genghis Khan

Bonson Lam

Cooking your own dinner can be a fun experience for two people but sharing one skillet amongst four adults may test your mettle...

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Places to stay in Hokkaido

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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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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Enishiya Guesthouse

Enishiya Guesthouse

Valerie Kor

Enishiya is a intimate and friendly guesthouse much alike those found in Europe. Conveniently located near Nakajimakoen subway station,..

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About Hokkaido

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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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