Hokkaido

Hokkaido

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.

What To See

Cities and Resort Towns

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Niseko

Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.

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Furano

Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.

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Sapporo

The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.

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Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.

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Hakodate

Southernmost city on Hokkaido.

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Noboribetsu

Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.

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Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.

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Abashiri

Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.

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National Parks

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Shiretoko

National park on an unspoiled peninsula.

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Daisetsuzan

Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park.

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Onuma Park

National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.

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Lake Toya

Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015
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