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Hokkaido

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Sapporo

Sapporo

The largest city in Hokkaido has a western flavor with streets running in square blocks that were initially designed by American Horace Capron back in the early 1870’s. A short walk from Sapporo Station is Odori Park where there is always something happening. During our summer visit we experie..

Asahikawa

Asahikawa

Asahikawa, in central Hokkaido, is the prefecture's second biggest city, but despite this is known for its many rivers, as well as close proxmity to the Daisetsuzan mountain range. Culturally, the region is famous for its arts and sculptures, with the Hokkaido Traditional Arts and Crafts Village..

Furano

Furano

Located in the heart of Hokkaido lies a magnificent paradise for flower lovers – Furano. If Netherlands is the garden of Europe, then undoubtedly, Furano will be the garden of Asia: a land of surprise, nature, and romance. The mesmerizing lavender fields of Furano are a familiar site to those ..

Dining

Sapporo Ramen Republic

Sapporo Ramen Republic

Sapporo Ramen Republic (共和国 Kyowakoku) is a ramen lovers’ paradise that will appease the hunger of every hard-core ramen addict, with several of the best and most loved ramen in Hokkaido all in one place. The smoky and rich fragrance of bone br..

Hyousetsu No Mon in Sapporo

Hyousetsu No Mon in Sapporo

Hyousetsu No Mon is a must-try restaurant when in Sapporo. Hokkaido is known for its excellent crab, and Hyoutsetsu No Mon is one of the oldest restaurants specializing in crab dinners. Open since 1964, this restaurant serves crab in all its forms, i..

Asahikawa Ramen Aoba

Asahikawa Ramen Aoba

Asahikawa Ramen Aoba is known as the birthplace of Asahikawa-style ramen. Founded in 1947, this family-run restaurant serves a special double soup blending seafood with vegetables and the more traditional pork and chicken bone stock to create a uniqu..

Places to stay

Kurodake Ishimuro Mountain Hut

Kurodake Ishimuro Mountain Hut

Staying in a place like the Kurodake Ishimuro Mountain Hut is absolutely an unforgettable experience. Watching the sunset over the stunning landscapes of Daisetsuzan National Park is wonderful. After dark countless stars shine over the deep dark blue..

Yukari Loghouse

Yukari Loghouse

Furano is one of the most popular destinations in Hokkaido. In summer flower fields are cultivated in many farms and the blossoms attract thousands of visitors every year. In addition, the verdant meadows are surrounded by rolling hills framing the m..

Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi

Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi

The Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi is a beautiful onsen (hot spring) hotel to stay at while enjoying the incredible scenery of the Shiretoko National Park in every season. Located in the town of Utoro, it is 50 minutes by bus from JR Shiretoko Sha..

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Daisetsuzan Ohachi-Daira Crater

Daisetsuzan Ohachi-Daira Crater

With 2,267 square kilometers of stunning mountains, it is the largest national park of Japan. It boasts an incredible biodiversity, one of the highest in the country. Nature shows her matchless beauty and some of the wildest and roughest sceneries in..

Tokachidake and Fukiage Onsen

Tokachidake and Fukiage Onsen

Furano is one the most popular destination in Hokkaido. Although mostly known for its flower fields and hilly landscapes, it's also a great base for one day trips in the nearby area. Several great spots in the Daisetsuzan National Park can be rea..

Rebun From Sunset to Moonrise

Rebun From Sunset to Moonrise

The sun is setting on Rebun Island and the day is entering that time span commonly referred to as Golden Hour. The light acquires a warmer tone the closer the sun gets to the horizon. The shades of yellow slowly turn to orange. The view from the Momo..

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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
RegionHokkaido
IslandHokkaido
CapitalSapporo
Population5,506,419
Area83,424.22 sq. km

In 2014, Hokkaido 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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