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.