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Hokkaido is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. The largest city on Hokkaidō is the prefectural capital, Sapporo as an ordinance-designated city.

Hokkaido's weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas, while in summer, it does not get as hot and humid as in the other parts of the country.

Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation's youngest major cities. In 1857, the city's population stood at just seven people.

Lake Toya (Toyako) is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. Besides the beautiful lake, the area offers hiking, fishing and camping opportunities, as well as hot springs and close up views of one of Japan's most active volcano's, Mount Usu (Usuzan), which most recently erupted in the year 2000.

Furano and Biei are two towns in the center of Hokkaido, known for their pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes. The best time to visit is July and August, when many lavender fields are in bloom.

Noboribetsu is Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort, beautifully surrounded by forested hills.

 

 

 

Abashiri is a city of 40,000 people on the eastern coast of Hokkaido, not far from Shiretoko and Akan national parks. The city's main tourist attractions are its prison museum and the drift ice, which can be observed in the Okhotsk Sea during winter.

 

 

 

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