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Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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Asahikawa Harvest Markets

Asahikawa Harvest Markets

Amanda Ho

Kita no Megumi Tabe Marche is an annual event held in front of JR Asahikawa Station where locally produced food from Asahikawa,..

Asahikawa Sep 14th - Sep 16th 3 Free

Where to eat in Hokkaido

Cafe Good Life

Cafe Good Life

Joan Lambert Bailey

Set in the rollings hills and rice fields between Asahidake and Asahkikawa Cafe Good Life offers a unique taste of rural Hokkaido...


Places to stay in Hokkaido

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.


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

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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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