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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.

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Attractions
Cities and Resort Towns
 1  Niseko
Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.
User rating: 86/100 (130 votes)
Visited by: 287 users
 2  Furano
Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.
User rating: 85/100 (248 votes)
Visited by: 649 users
 3  Sapporo
The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
User rating: 85/100 (864 votes)
Visited by: 1934 users
 4  Otaru
Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
User rating: 84/100 (447 votes)
Visited by: 1035 users
 5  Noboribetsu
Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
User rating: 83/100 (180 votes)
Visited by: 429 users
 6  Hakodate
Southernmost city on Hokkaido.
User rating: 83/100 (412 votes)
Visited by: 1033 users
 7  Asahikawa
City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.
User rating: 76/100 (150 votes)
Visited by: 426 users
 8  Rusutsu
Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
User rating: 74/100 (45 votes)
Visited by: 118 users
 9  Jozankei Onsen
Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 148 users
 10  Tomamu
Large ski resort in central Hokkaido.
User rating: 70/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 27 users
 11  Abashiri
Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.
User rating: 67/100 (135 votes)
Visited by: 381 users
 12  Matsumae
The only former castle town on Hokkaido.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 6 users
National Parks
 1  Shiretoko
National park on an unspoiled peninsula.
User rating: 90/100 (104 votes)
Visited by: 260 users
 2  Rishiri and Rebun
Small islands near Hokkaido's northern tip.
User rating: 88/100 (38 votes)
Visited by: 88 users
 3  Daisetsuzan
Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park.
User rating: 85/100 (98 votes)
Visited by: 251 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: 78/100 (133 votes)
Visited by: 388 users
 6  Lake Toya
Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
User rating: 78/100 (121 votes)
Visited by: 327 users
 7  Lake Shikotsu
Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (55 votes)
Visited by: 145 users
 8  Kushiro Marshlands
Marshlands populated by Japanese cranes.
User rating: 69/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 242 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Hokkaido Food Guide
  Guide to the local cuisine of Hokkaido.

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How to get to Sapporo
How to get to Hakodate

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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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