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Hokkaido Travel Guide

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Hokkaido (kC, Hokkaidō) is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. Its weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas, while in summer it does not get as hot and humid as in the other parts of the country.

With its unspoiled nature, Hokkaido attracts many outdoor lovers, including skiers and snowboarders in the colder seasons and hikers, cyclists and campers from June to September.

Attractions
Cities and Resort Towns
 1  Niseko
Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.
User rating: 86/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 292 users
 2  Furano
Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.
User rating: 85/100 (254 votes)
Visited by: 657 users
 3  Sapporo
The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
User rating: 85/100 (874 votes)
Visited by: 1947 users
 4  Otaru
Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
User rating: 83/100 (457 votes)
Visited by: 1044 users
 5  Hakodate
Southernmost city on Hokkaido.
User rating: 83/100 (419 votes)
Visited by: 1042 users
 6  Noboribetsu
Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
User rating: 83/100 (182 votes)
Visited by: 433 users
 7  Rusutsu
Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
User rating: 74/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 119 users
 8  Jozankei Onsen
Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.
User rating: 71/100 (61 votes)
Visited by: 151 users
 9  Abashiri
Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.
User rating: 67/100 (136 votes)
Visited by: 386 users
National Parks
 1  Shiretoko
National park on an unspoiled peninsula.
User rating: 90/100 (105 votes)
Visited by: 261 users
 2  Rishiri and Rebun
Small islands near Hokkaido's northern tip.
User rating: 88/100 (38 votes)
Visited by: 87 users
 3  Daisetsuzan
Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park.
User rating: 85/100 (100 votes)
Visited by: 255 users
 4  Onuma Park
National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.
User rating: 81/100 (40 votes)
Visited by: 89 users
 5  Akan National Park
National park with beautiful lakes.
User rating: 79/100 (134 votes)
Visited by: 391 users
 6  Lake Toya
Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
User rating: 78/100 (123 votes)
Visited by: 332 users
 7  Lake Shikotsu
Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (56 votes)
Visited by: 146 users
 8  Kushiro Marshlands
Marshlands populated by Japanese cranes.
User rating: 70/100 (85 votes)
Visited by: 246 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Hokkaido Food Guide
  Guide to the local cuisine of Hokkaido.

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English Links
Hokkaido Government
Official homepage of the prefectural government.
Northern Road Navi
Useful website for driving in Hokkaido.

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