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.

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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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299 users
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Furano

Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.

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Visited by
684 users
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Sapporo

The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.

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2034 users
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Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.

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1088 users
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Hakodate

Southernmost city on Hokkaido.

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1086 users
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Noboribetsu

Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.

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451 users
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Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.

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Visited by
121 users
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Jozankei Onsen

Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.

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153 users
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Abashiri

Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.

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Visited by
405 users

National Parks

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Shiretoko

National park on an unspoiled peninsula.

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268 users
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Daisetsuzan

Hokkaido's largest and wildest national park.

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Visited by
264 users
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Onuma Park

National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.

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90 users
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Lake Toya

Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.

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340 users
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Lake Shikotsu

Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.

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147 users
Last updated: February 28, 2015
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