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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: 286 users
 2  Furano
Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.
User rating: 85/100 (243 votes)
Visited by: 644 users
 3  Sapporo
The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
User rating: 85/100 (856 votes)
Visited by: 1915 users
 4  Otaru
Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
User rating: 84/100 (442 votes)
Visited by: 1024 users
 5  Hakodate
Southernmost city on Hokkaido.
User rating: 83/100 (410 votes)
Visited by: 1029 users
 6  Noboribetsu
Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
User rating: 83/100 (179 votes)
Visited by: 427 users
 7  Asahikawa
City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.
User rating: 76/100 (150 votes)
Visited by: 420 users
 8  Rusutsu
Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
User rating: 74/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 117 users
 9  Jozankei Onsen
Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (60 votes)
Visited by: 147 users
 10  Tomamu
Large ski resort in central Hokkaido.
User rating: 70/100 (10 votes)
Visited by: 26 users
 11  Abashiri
Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.
User rating: 66/100 (133 votes)
Visited by: 375 users
 12  Matsumae
The only former castle town on Hokkaido.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 5 users
National Parks
 1  Shiretoko
National park on an unspoiled peninsula.
User rating: 90/100 (102 votes)
Visited by: 255 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 (99 votes)
Visited by: 250 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 (130 votes)
Visited by: 382 users
 6  Lake Toya
Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
User rating: 78/100 (119 votes)
Visited by: 324 users
 7  Lake Shikotsu
Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (55 votes)
Visited by: 144 users
 8  Kushiro Marshlands
Marshlands populated by Japanese cranes.
User rating: 69/100 (81 votes)
Visited by: 236 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.
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Useful website for driving in Hokkaido.

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