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Hokkaido

  • The Shakotan Peninsula in Shiribeshi, on the west coast of Hokkaidō
The Shakotan Peninsula in Shiribeshi, on the west coast of Hokkaidō
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Location Type: Region
Northernmost island and snowy frontier. Famous for its wide open spaces and cold winters.
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Wikipedia - Hokkaidō

Map of Japan with highlight on Hokkaido

Hokkaidō (北海道?, 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 Hokkaidō from Honshū, although the two islands are connected by the underwater Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaidō is its capital, Sapporo, which is also its only ordinance-designated city. ... read more

Wikitravel - Hokkaido

map of Hokkaido region

Home to Japan's native Ainu people, 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 replaced by rolling fields and faux-German cottages. However, the ubquitous 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. ... read more

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