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Hokkaido

Vast wildnerness and a winter wonderland

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Top Attractions in Hokkaido

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Hakodate

Hakodate

If, like me, you arrive at Hakodate by cruise ship, the largest dock is a 5 minute bus or taxi ride from the Hakodate city ce...

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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 Ameri...

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Furano

Furano

Located in the heart of Hokkaido lies a magnificent paradise for flower lovers – Furano. If Netherlands is the garden of Euro...

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Asahikawa

Asahikawa

Asahikawa Airport in Hokkaido cuts a sharp form as planes come and go from its single runway. With easy access from Asahikawa...

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Otaru

Otaru

Otaru is a beautiful little port town just one hour northwest of Sapporo. Overlooking Ishikari Bay, this port town is well kn...

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Niseko

Niseko

Niseko is a paradise for anyone who wants to experience some of the lightest and fluffiest snow in the world. And with an ave...

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New Chitose

New Chitose

Hokkaido's capital, Sapporo, is served very well by New Chitose Airport. Only a relatively short train journey from the airpo...

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Memanbetsu

Memanbetsu

Memanbetsu Airport, located in the Ozora area of northern Hokkaido, is an ideal gateway to see and experience the island's mu...

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Obihiro

Obihiro

Serving the Tokachi region of Hokkaido, Tokachi Obihiro Airport is a natural gateway to the central area of the island. The c...

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Kushiro

Kushiro

Kushiro, Hokkaido, is home to Kushiro Airport. International charter flights to and from this airport have operated for more ...

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Kutchan

Kutchan

Kutchan is a town located in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, in Japan's northern Hokkaido. Kutchan lies slightly to the north of th...

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Upcoming Hokkaido Events

Hitsujigaoka Snow Park 2025

Hitsujigaoka Snow Park 2025

Kim

If you're looking for some family-friendly fun this winter, look no further than the Hitsujigaoka Snow Park event. Held for t...

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Sapporo Ramen Show 2024

Sapporo Ramen Show 2024

Kim

If you're a foodie with a love for noodles, the Sapporo Ramen Show in Hokkaido is an event you won't want to miss. The annual...

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Where to eat in Hokkaido

Camaro Steak Diner

Camaro Steak Diner

Bonson Lam

Experience Spanish flair and Japanese expertise in Hotaru Street, the heart of Hokkaido's ski in ski out Tomamu Resort

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Ristorante Otto Sette

Ristorante Otto Sette

Bonson Lam

Previously known as Tsubaki Salon, Otto Sette celebrates the culinary calendar of Hokkaido, with riches from the sea, land an...

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Places to stay in Hokkaido

Hoshino Resort Tomamu

Hoshino Resort Tomamu

Bonson Lam

Tomamu Resort is like being on centre stage in Nature’s amphitheatre, playing and resting in peace and solitude.

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Hot Spring Lodge Daiichi

Hot Spring Lodge Daiichi

Kim

If you're visiting Nakashibetsu and looking for a place to stay, Hot Spring Lodge Daiichi is a great option. This comfortable...

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Mombetsu Central Hotel

Mombetsu Central Hotel

Kim

The Mombetsu Central Hotel (sometimes written as Monbetsu) is conveniently located in the heart of the city area. The simple,...

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Latest Hokkaido Reports

Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry

Tsugaru Kaikyo Ferry

Kim

With the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen in 2016, it has been easy and convenient to access the city of Hakodate via train...

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Camaro Steak Diner

Camaro Steak Diner

Bonson Lam

Experience Spanish flair and Japanese expertise in Hotaru Street, the heart of Hokkaido's ski in ski out Tomamu Resort

Hokkaido
Hoshino Resort Tomamu

Hoshino Resort Tomamu

Bonson Lam

Tomamu Resort is like being on centre stage in Nature’s amphitheatre, playing and resting in peace and solitude.

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About Hokkaido

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.

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