Hokkaido Travel Guide
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Hokkaido Travel Guide
Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan‘s four main islands. Hokkaido, formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is the second largest island of Japan, and the largest and northernmost prefecture. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu. The two islands are connected by the undersea railway Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaido is its capital, Sapporo, which is also its only ordinance-designated city. About 43 km north of Hokkaido lies Sakhalin Island, Russia. To its east and north-east are the disputed Kuril Islands.
Hokkaido continues to represent the untamed wilderness with many great national parks. For many visitors the scenery resembles northern Europe, with rice paddies and concrete warrens typical of the rest of Japan replaced by rolling fields and faux-German cottages. However, the ubiquitous hotspring resorts in much of the island serve as a reminder that you are still in Japan.
Hokkaido is by far Japan’s largest prefecture, consisting of Japan’s entire northern island and its surrounding islets. Hokkaido is cooler than the rest of Japan, and the merciful lack of Japan’s muggy summers and rainy season makes it a very popular domestic destination between May and August. Some of Hokkaido‘s inland areas have a continental climate, with large daily and yearly temperature variation.
Most of Hokkaido was settled by the Japanese within the last 100 years, compared to the thousands of years of Japanese history and pre-history. Before that it was only inhabited by the hunter-gatherer Ainu culture. As a result, its architecture and cities are much more modern, and mostly based on western-like grid layouts.
Cities in Hokkaido
Hokkaido‘s largest city is the capital, Sapporo, which is a designated city. The island has two core cities: Hakodate in the south and Asahikawa in the central region. Other important population centers include Rumoi, Iwamizawa, Kushiro, Obihiro, Kitami, Abashiri, Wakkanai, and Nemuro.
- Sapporo – the capital and by far the largest city in Hokkaido
- Abashiri – northern fishing port, home to Japan’s most infamous prison
- Asahikawa – the coldest city in Japan
- Chitose – New Chitose Airport, the largest airport in Hokkaido.
- Furano – with lavender in the summer and some of the world’s best powder in winter
- Hakodate – historic city, capital of the short-lived Ezo Republic
- Hokuto (Hokkaido)
- Kitami – between Saroma and Lake Akan, well known for its peppermint farms
- Nemuro – Japan’s easternmost city with views of the Kuril Islands
- Obihiro – the main city in the Tokachi Plain, one of Japan’s major agricultural belts
- Otaru – Hokkaido’s largest port
- Wakkanai – Japan’s northernmost city, a major port with many connections to Russia
- Yoichi – home of Nikka’s whisky distillery
For many visitors Hokkaido‘s numerous National Parks are number one on the agenda, offering near-unlimited hiking opportunities.
Hokkaido‘s other major attractions are flower gardens, high-quality agriculture and seafood, hot springs, and powder skiing.
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