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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
1

Niseko

Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.
4.1 / 5
353
2

Furano

Town with beautiful lavender and flower fields.
4.0 / 5
824
3

Sapporo

The largest city on the island of Hokkaido.
4.0 / 5
2,416
4

Noboribetsu

Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
3.9 / 5
552
5

Hakodate

Southernmost city on Hokkaido.
3.9 / 5
1,297
6

Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
3.9 / 5
1,315
7

Asahikawa

City in central Hokkaido famous for its zoo.
3.4 / 5
588
8

Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
3.4 / 5
142
9

Jozankei Onsen

Hot spring resort in the mountains outside central Sapporo.
3.2 / 5
183
10

Abashiri

Known for its prison and drift ice in winter.
3.0 / 5
475
11

Matsumae

The only former castle town on Hokkaido.
27
National Parks
4
Nature

Onuma Park

National park 20 kilometers north of Hakodate.
3.8 / 5
127
5

Lake Toya

Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
3.6 / 5
401

Tours and travel services