Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands. Hokkaido is dominated by its climate and geography with long winters and mild summers. Hokkaido was the last part of Japan to be developed and populated by main stream Japanese population, with Japan’s aboriginal Ainu race having lived in the area for thousands of years. Hokkaido features many great national parks, agricultural areas and ski fields. Hokkaido has a look and feel which is distinctly different from the other three main island of Japan, with no ancient temples and shrines, and an architecture which is more similar to northern America or Europe to help cope with the cold winters.


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  • Daiei Department Store Sapporo

    Daiei Department Store Sapporo is one of the Daiei stores, a chain of department stores and supermarkets based in Kobe, but with over 3,000 stores all over Japan. Daiei Department Store Sapporo is in Sapporo.

  • Daimaru Department Store Sapporo

    Daimaru Department Store Sapporo is one of the Daimaru Department stores found throughout Japan. Daimaru has a history going all the way back to Dia-Monjiya Store in Kyoto which opened in 1717. Today the Diamaru Department Store chain is part of the Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores group, with many of the Diamaru Stores in the read more

  • Former Hokkaido Government Office

    Former Hokkaido Government Office is western style building which was built in 1888 and was the center of government administration of Hokkaido in the early years of the development of the prefecture. Former Hokkaido Government Office is in central Sapporo, behind the current Hokkaido Government buiding. Today the Former Hokkaido Government Office functions as a read more

  • Hakodate Airport

    Hakodate Airport (IATA: HKD, ICAO: RJCH), is an international and domestic airport 10km from central Hakodate. In addition to domestic flights, Hakodate Airport has scheduled flights to Korea and Taiwan, plus charter flights to Hong Kong.

  • Hokkaido Shrine

    Hokkaido Shrine is a Shinto Shrine within Maruyama Park in Chuo (central) Sapporo. Hokkaido Shrine enshrines the soul of Emperor Meiji and a famous explorer of Hokkaido, Mamiya Rinzo. Hokkaido Shrine was constructed in 1871, but was initially given the name of Sapporo Shrine. In 1964 the soul of Emperor Meiji was enshrined and the read more

  • Lake Shikotsu

    Lake Shikotsu is a key feature within the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Lake Shikotsu is a caldera type lake, that is formed in the opening at the top of a volcano, which is the second deepest lake in Japan (max 363m) giving it the second largest volume of any lake in Japan. This ratio of depth read more


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