Hokkaido

Hokkaido

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Due to damage by typhoons in August 2016, rail service between Sapporo and Kushiro remained disrupted for almost half a year. However, on December 22, service between the two cities was resumed.

As of December 22, 2016

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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What To See

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Cities and Resort Towns

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Niseko

Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.

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331 users
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Furano

Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.

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Visited by
771 users
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Sapporo

The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.

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2283 users
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Noboribetsu

Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.

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513 users
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Hakodate

Southernmost city on Hokkaido.

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1217 users
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Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.

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1227 users
7

Asahikawa

City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.

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542 users
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Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.

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Visited by
133 users
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Jozankei Onsen

Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.

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171 users
10

Abashiri

Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.

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Visited by
448 users

National Parks

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Shiretoko

National park on an unspoiled peninsula.

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308 users
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Daisetsuzan

Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park.

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299 users
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Onuma Park

National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.

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106 users
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Lake Toya

Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.

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369 users
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Lake Shikotsu

Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.

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Visited by
163 users

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Page last updated: March 23, 2016