Introduction

Hokkaido, the “dō” in the Japanese administrative divisions commonly referred to as to-dō-fu-ken, takes up the entire Northern Island and is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. Hokkaido is a mysterious natural island, and immersing yourself in the open, natural sceneries can make all your worries disappear. It is geographically divided into four districts: Central Hokkaido, Eastern Hokkaido, Southern Hokkaido and Northern Hokkaido.

From Hakodate in Southern Hokkaido to Central Hokkaido, you can visit Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido and Otaru. You can then travel from Asahikawa in Northern Hokkaido to Kushiro and Abashiri in Eastern Hokkaido. Take in the 80,000 square kilometers of land and enjoy all the landscapes and sceneries that Hokkaido offers—from the coasts of the Japan Sea to the Pacific Ocean, from Tsugaru Strait to Sea of Okhotsk.

There is Hokkaido’s highest peak called Asahidake, the tranquil and clear Lake Akan, as well as the Jozankei Onsen. You must also visit the renowned flower fields in Furano and enjoy Japan’s mythical powder paradise of Niseko.

Locals say that you can never fully explore the beauty of Hokkaido without visiting it in each of the four seasons. The alternation of seasons endows Hokkaido with various attractions—from the blooming of cherry blossoms in the spring, the huge variety of flower seas in the summer, the magnificent red leaves on mountains and lakesides in autumn, and the boundless powder white snow in winter. The unique beauties of Hokkaido can by no means be summarized in one sentence or season.

Hokkaido is a primary supplier of Japanese agricultural, animal, and fish products, and so there will never be a shortage of delectable dishes to try here. Beautiful nature breeds great food ingredients, after all. It is known as a gourmet paradise, and boasts of the most delicious seafood and dairy products in the country. Fresh and abundant local food materials, pure and natural water resource, and expert cooking skills have contributed to the delicious, distinct local cuisine. Be it king crab, Sapporo ramen, soup curry or Genghis Khan Barbecue, all food materials embodying the Japanese spirit of craftsmanship have contributed to Hokkaido’s stellar reputation for delicacies.

Without doubt, you will fall in love with Hokkaido.


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If you are visiting Hokkaido, you must stop by Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. The history of Hokkaido, the success of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games, and the Sapporo Ice and Snow Festival add to the splendor of the city. There are lots of day activities in Sapporo. You can stroll through the ...
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Hakodate is at the heart of southern Hokkaido, and is also the southern gateway to Honshu. With its long history, world-famous night views and unique architectural style, Hakodate has become a must-see place in Hokkaido. Hakodate is one of three seaports, initially opened for foreign trade. Moto...
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Asahikawa is the central city in northern Hokkaido, influential in industry and commerce. Strikingly, Asahikawa is a city of bridges. You'll find about 130 rivers and streams including the Ishikari River and Chubetsu River, and over 740 bridges in the city. The Asahibashi, a bridge crossing Ishik...
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Skiing lovers should not miss the ski resorts in Niseko! Niseko is home to one of the top four ski resorts in the world and the most popular ski resort in Hokkaido. The town boasts many international resorts, hotels, hot springs, restaurants and shopping malls, and welcomes ski enthusiasts from a...
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Otaru is a popular day trip option. It only takes half an hour from Sapporo Station to get there by JR. This seaside town is famous because of "Love Letters", a romantic movie by Toshihiko Iwai. The romantic glassware and music boxes also attract a lot of visitors. Of course, food lovers should n...
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Noboribetsu and Toyako are located in the southwest of Hokkaido, and sit adjacent to one another. Both of them belong to the Shikotsu Toya National Park. You can choose either one for a one or two-day trip; just take a JR or a direct bus. Noboribetsu is famous for its hot spring resorts. There a...
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Asahikawa, Furano and Biei, all of which are adjacent to each other, are often grouped together as one area because the transportation between these three places is so quick and easy. Asahikawa is the second largest city in Hokkaido, after Sapporo. Tackling the grand Asahidake snow mountain is t...
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The route from Kushiro to Mashu and Abashiri is well travelled in the winter. Take the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko train from Kushiro to Shibecha station to enjoy the snow view of the Kushiro wetland from a vintage carriage. You can even experience the fun of squid grilling in one of the carriages!...

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