Hokkaido

Hokkaido

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Hokkaido | Statistics







Region: Hokkaido
Capital: Sapporo
Population (approx.): 5.474 million (2012)
Area: 32,222 sq miles
Area Rank: 1

Hokkaido | Major Cities

Matsumae

Matsumae

Castle Town of Japan

Furano

Furano

The Most Beautiful Lavender Field

Asahikawa

Asahikawa

Japan's northernmost Zoo - Asahiyama Zoo and famous ramen-noodle area.

Biei

Biei

Astonished by the magnificent views of colorful flowers.

Noboribetsu

Noboribetsu

Collection of the world's most exceptional Hot Springs

Rausu

Rausu

Popular spot for whale watching and seeing brown bears, deer and foxes

Kushiro

Kushiro

Fishermen's Wharf, Kushiro Marsh

Otaru

Otaru

Nicknamed

Tripadvisor Ranking 4
Sapporo

Sapporo

Capital of Hokkaido, known for the Snow Festival, Ramen and Beer

Nemuro

Nemuro

The Easternmost Part of the Four Main Islands of Japan

Hakodate

Hakodate

The spectacular views from Mt. Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood.

Abashiri

Abashiri

The most popular way to view the ice flows up-close is to board an ice-breaking boat.

Shiraoi

Shiraoi

Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Ainu Museum Porotokotan

Tsurui

Tsurui

Kushiro Marsh National Park, Japanese Crane

Hokkaido | Destinations

Hokkaido | Destinations

Hokkaido is Japan’s northernmost island and Japan’s largest prefecture, accounting for over a fifth of Japan’s entire land area. Hokkaido experiences a colder winter than the rest of Japan due to its location but also a milder summer, which makes it a popular destination during the summer months to escape the heat from the southern regions. During the summer months, the Furano Lavender Fields attract thousands of tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautiful lavender that fills the field. Farm Tomita is among the most popular, and near the Lavender Train Station. Sapporo, Hokkaido's capital and largest city, holds its annual Sapporo Snow Festival which also attracts tourists in the wintertime, making Hokkaido a popular destination year round.

Showa Shinzan

Showa Shinzan

Active volcano in Hokkaido Shikotsu-Toya national park

Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu

Hokkaido caldera lake and the world's clearest lake

Goryokaku

Goryokaku

Hakodate Goryokaku - A Star-shaped Fort with five bastions

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

Red Brick Building of Hokkaido

Hakodate Ropeway

Hakodate Ropeway

Hokkaido Mt. Hakodate Million-Dollar Night View

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Sapporo Winter Sports Museum

Ski Jump Stadium exhibits of historic Olympic medalists

Oshinkoshin Falls

Oshinkoshin Falls

Designated as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls

Lake Akan

Lake Akan

Beautiful crater lake in Akan National Park, Kushiro

Kushiro Shitsugen National Park

Kushiro Shitsugen National Park

Japan's largest marsh famous for red-crowned cranes

Otaru Canal

Otaru Canal

Hokkaido Brick Warehouse, Restaurants, Stores, Souvenir Shops

Sapporo Clock Tower

Sapporo Clock Tower

Constructed as the drill hall of the former Sapporo Agricultural College

Kawayu Onsen

Kawayu Onsen

Small hot-spring resort in the centre of the Akan National Park, Hokkaido

Lake Shikotsu

Lake Shikotsu

The Shikotsuko Hyobaku Festival features objects made out of ice

Asahidake

Asahidake

Hokkaido's highest mountain & pleasant bases for exploring Daisetsuzan National Park

Niseko Ski

Niseko Ski

Famous ski resort in Japan with the magnificent beauty of its rich nature

Shiretoko (Peninsula)

Shiretoko (Peninsula)

UNESCO World Heritage, The Last Unexplored Region in Hokkaido

Toya Onsen

Toya Onsen

The best spa resort in Shikotsu-Toya Hokkaido National Park

Sounkyo

Sounkyo

Known for onsen resorts as well as famous water fall and magnificent cliffs scenery

Asahiyama Zoo

Asahiyama Zoo

Japan's most well known zoo that visitors can view different angles of the animals

Onuma Quasi National Park

Onuma Quasi National Park

Scenic park in Oshima Peninsula

Hokkaido | Local Food and Produce

Hokkaido | Local Food and Produce

Hokkaido is a major producer of several foods due to its extensive land providing farming capabilities and its ocean surrounding the island. Seafood from Hokkaido is especially popular, with their uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe) donburi being a popular dish. Hokkaido is also a major producer of dairy, producing about half of the country’s milk. The famous Sapporo beer is also a product of Sapporo, Hokkaido and was the first brewery of Japan.

Sapporo Beer Museum

Sapporo Beer Museum

The First & Oldest Beer Brewery in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Shiroi Koibito

Shiroi Koibito

The most famous Cookie Sandwiches of Hokkaido

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery

One of the best single malt whiskies in the world, Hokkaido Whisky

Original Sapporo Ramen Yokocho

Original Sapporo Ramen Yokocho

The birthplace of Sapporo Miso Ramen

Asahi Beer Factory

Asahi Beer Factory

Factory Tour of Japan's Leading Beer Producer

Hokkaido | Arts and Crafts

Hokkaido | Arts and Crafts

In Hokkaido, a large group of Ainu, native indigenous people, reside. They are known to have been excellent hunters and created everyday items using their prey. The Ainu people were also known for their unique kimono, clothing, and accessory patterns. The Ainu kimono do not have the traditional kimono shape but are more over-robe-like. The kimonos are made not from traditional cloth, but from fibers of elm bark. The Ainu kimono have a more bold design than most kimonos today.

Kitaichi Glass

Kitaichi Glass

Glass creation workshop in Hokkaido, Otaru

Otaru Music Box Museum

Otaru Music Box Museum

One of the largest museum shops in Japan featuring music boxes in Hokkaido

The Ainu Museum Poroto Kotan

The Ainu Museum Poroto Kotan

Display the tangible and intangible cultural assets of the Ainu in Hokkaido

Hokkaido | Festivals and Events

Hokkaido | Festivals and Events

Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan's largest winter festivals and attracts approximately two million visitors. The festival features spectacular works of snow and ice sculptures that will leave you in awe. During set times and dates, the gorgeous ice sculptures are illuminated with colorful lighting, adding more dimension and beauty.

Tomita Farm

Tomita Farm

Hokkaido’s premier lavender farm famous for its

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

One of Japan's largest winter festivals in Hokkaido, Sapporo

Date Jidaimura

Date Jidaimura

History theme park of the Edo Period

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