Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan but is the largest prefecture with 83,000km2 compared to second largest Iwate of 15,000km2. This vast space is dotted with cities and villages but is most known for its abundance of nature which makes it a good destination for people who love the outdoors. It is the most northern part of Japan and thanks to this also is home to many popular ski resorts.


Agriculture is also very prevalent in this prefecture, it is Japan’s largest producer of many crops such as potatoes, corn, soybeans, raw milk, wheat and many more.


It became annexed as part of Japan during the late 1800s and is home to the Ainu indigenous people, whose culture and history is on display in local museums and festivals.


In Hokkaido you can enjoy unique cuisine and customs not found in other places in Japan.



5.2 million (Prefecture) 

1.9 million (Sapporo city)

Prefectural Capital


Popular Sightseeing places

Sapporo city

Otaru city canals

Sapporo Open Air Museum

Sapporo TV Tower

Hakodate Castle

Noboribetsu Onsen & Jigokudani (Hell Valley)

Outdoor Sightseeing / Trekking

Farm Tomita (Flower Fields)

Shiretoko Peninsula

Mt. Asahi

Lake Toya

Ski resorts

Rusutsu Resort

Niseko Area (4 resorts in total)

Local specialty food

“Genghis Khan” - lamb barbecue, “Ishikari Nabe” - Salmon Hot Pot

Event & Festivals

Sapporo Snow festival (12days in February)

Asahikawa Snow Festival (February)

Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan Festival




Tokyo - Hakodate (4hr 30min)


Hakodate - Sapporo (3hr 50min)

Chitose (Airport) - Sapporo (40min)

Sapporo – Noboribetsu Onsen (1hr 30min)


Haneda – Chitose(Sapporo) (1hr 30min)

Narita  – Chitose (1hr 30min)

Itami (Osaka)  – Chitose (1hr 50min)


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