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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Shizunai Cherry Blossom Festival

Shizunai Cherry Blossom Festival

May 1st - May 15th

From the early to mid May timeframe, Hokkaido's Shizunai Nijukken Road is an amazing place to enjoy the beauty of sakura season...

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Matsumae Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Matsumae Park Cherry Blossom Festival

Apr 20th - May 20th

From around late April to late May, Hokkaido's Matsumae Park comes alive with around 10,000 cherry trees in bloom from hundreds..

Free
Sapporo Lilac Festival

Sapporo Lilac Festival

Mid - Late May

The Sapporo Lilac Festival has been an annual event since 1959, and a year later, lilacs were designated as the city's official..

5 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...

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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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Lake Toya

Lake Toya

Matt Stormont

A camping trip on the shores of stunning Lake Toya, site of the 2008 G8 Summit and one of Japan's natural treasures.

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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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