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Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

About Hokkaido

Things to do in Hokkaido

Hokkaido Top 10

Where to eat in Hokkaido

Furano Marche

Furano Marche

Valerie Kor

Furano Marche: a food paradise and a one-stop souvenir shop that foreigners and locals both enjoy. 

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...


5 Things to Do in Hakodate

5 Things to Do in Hakodate

Kim B

Hakodate is easily accessible from Tokyo via shinkansen, and offers something for just about every traveler. From fresh and tasty..


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.

Around Hokkaido