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Hokkaido Travel Guide

Hokkaido Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Hokkaido? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.


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...


Top Reasons to Go to Hokkaido

The beer: Hokkaido has the Sapporo Beer brewery and local microbreweries in Otaru and Hakodate. The slopes: Deep powder and uncrowded lift...


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), ...


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...


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? Head...


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...

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