Hokkaido Travel Guide

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Plan Your Hokkaido Vacation

Hokkaido is Japan with breathing space. People here don’t put on the air-conditioning in summer—they open the windows. Outside, fragrant air, wild mountains, virgin forests, pristine lakes, and surf-beaten shores are all within easy reach of cities and towns.

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Hokkaido Hotels

Accommodations that are easily booked in English tend to be modern, characterless hotels built for Japanese tour groups. Gorgeous lobbies and sterile, cookie-cutter...read more

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Hokkaido Restaurants

Hokkaido's regional food includes excellent seafood, beef, lamb, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Dining out is generally much cheaper than in Tokyo and Osaka...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Hokkaido

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Hokkaido Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Hokkaido

    The beer: Hokkaido has the Sapporo Beer brewery and local microbreweries in Otaru and Hakodate.... Read more

  • Winter Sports in Hokkaido

    Hokkaido is a land of wondrous winters. Ridiculous amounts of powder and great resorts delight skiers and boarders from both Japan and overseas... Read more

  • On the Menu

    Hokkaido is known for its seafood—the prefecture's name means "the Road to the Northern Sea." Shakeě or sakeě (salmon), ika (squid), uni (sea... Read more

  • On the Calendar

    One of Japan's best-known annual events, held for a week beginning February 5 or 6, is the Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri). More... Read more

  • Hokkaido's First Inhabitants

    Once upon a time in Ainumosir ("human being peaceful land"), aynu (human beings) lived in kotan (villages), raising their families on a diet... Read more

  • The Beer

    Sapporo means beer to drinkers around the world, and what would a visit to the city of the same name be without a little beer research?... Read more

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