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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.

Top destinations in Hokkaido

Cities and Resort Towns

Niseko

Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.
4.1 / 5
335

Furano

Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.
4.0 / 5
788

Sapporo

The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
4.0 / 5
2,330

Hakodate

Southernmost city on Hokkaido.
3.9 / 5
1,244

Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
3.9 / 5
1,249

Asahikawa

City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.
3.5 / 5
559

Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
3.4 / 5
136

Abashiri

Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.
3.0 / 5
457
National Parks
Nature

Onuma Park

National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.
3.8 / 5
113

Lake Toya

Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
3.6 / 5
377

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: March 23, 2016