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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: 87/100 (117 votes)
Visited by: 267 users
 2  Furano
Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.
User rating: 85/100 (230 votes)
Visited by: 600 users
 3  Sapporo
The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
User rating: 84/100 (799 votes)
Visited by: 1782 users
 4  Otaru
Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
User rating: 84/100 (421 votes)
Visited by: 953 users
 5  Hakodate
Southernmost city on Hokkaido.
User rating: 83/100 (389 votes)
Visited by: 966 users
 6  Noboribetsu
Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
User rating: 83/100 (170 votes)
Visited by: 404 users
 7  Asahikawa
City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.
User rating: 76/100 (137 votes)
Visited by: 388 users
 8  Rusutsu
Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
User rating: 74/100 (44 votes)
Visited by: 112 users
 9  Jozankei Onsen
Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (58 votes)
Visited by: 142 users
 10  Tomamu
Large ski resort in central Hokkaido.
User rating: 69/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 24 users
 11  Abashiri
Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.
User rating: 66/100 (124 votes)
Visited by: 356 users
 12  Matsumae
The only former castle town on Hokkaido.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 3 users
National Parks
 1  Shiretoko
National park on an unspoiled peninsula.
User rating: 89/100 (99 votes)
Visited by: 238 users
 2  Rishiri and Rebun
Small islands near Hokkaido's northern tip.
User rating: 88/100 (38 votes)
Visited by: 81 users
 3  Daisetsuzan
Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park.
User rating: 85/100 (95 votes)
Visited by: 238 users
 4  Onuma Park
National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.
User rating: 81/100 (38 votes)
Visited by: 85 users
 5  Akan National Park
National park with beautiful lakes.
User rating: 78/100 (125 votes)
Visited by: 360 users
 6  Lake Toya
Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
User rating: 77/100 (110 votes)
Visited by: 301 users
 7  Lake Shikotsu
Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.
User rating: 72/100 (52 votes)
Visited by: 136 users
 8  Kushiro Marshlands
Marshlands populated by Japanese cranes.
User rating: 68/100 (76 votes)
Visited by: 220 users
 
Special Interest Guides
  Hokkaido Food Guide
  Guide to the local cuisine of Hokkaido.

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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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