Hokkaido (北海道) | Travel Inspiration

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Japanese identify this northern land with its wildlife and mountains, greenery and agriculture, snowy winters, temperate summers and arrow-straight roads disappearing into the horizon. The Ainu, Hokkaidō’s indigenous people, are making a determined return after a century of forced assimilation. Sapporo is a bustling modern city and the island is winning a reputation as a haven for thrill-seeking travellers wanting to ski and hike in its mountains, explore its magnificent national parks and relax in its hidden onsen (hot springs). (Via)


Here are a few awesome facts about Hokkaido: Hokkaido’s area is about one-fifth of the total area of Japan (83,408km). It is located in the northern part of the country and is surrounded by the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean.

It has six national parks, five quasi-national parks and 12 prefectural natural parks. Hokkaido also has four distinct seasons: spring, which is filled with awakening greenery after the snow melts, the crisp, refreshing summer, when natural flowers bloom, autumn, when fruits and crops are harvested, and winter, when the entire island is covered with snow and people enjoy skiing and snow festivals.


A few more sites with further information about Hokkaido:


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