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About Hokkaido

Hokkaido (literally "North Sea Circuit"), formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island and the largest, northernmost of its 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaido is its capital, Sapporo, which is also its only ordinance-designated city.

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.

Hokkaido Subprefectures

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and is the northern most among the major islands. Hokkaido is criss-crossed with mountainous regions and is renowned for its natural scenery, active volcanoes, ...

Hokkaido Economy

The Hokkaido native horse is commonly known by the name "Dosanko."“dosanko” is a word widely used to indicate “a person from Hokkaido,” “born in Hokkaido,” or ...

Hokkaido Climate

Hokkaido experiences four distinct seasons like the rest of Japan, but lying so far north it is generally cooler in summer (22° C in July) and cold, snowy and blustery in winter (-5° C average in ...

Hokkaido Geography

Surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Okhotsk Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Hokkaido is an island, with its adjacent islands, that measures 83,455 km2 in area, approximately 22% of the nation's total land area. ...

Hokkaido History

The full-scale development of Hokkaido, which began with the establishment of the Kaitakushi (Development Commission), produced significant achievements with the passage of time. As railways and roads ...
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