Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost and second largest island, is a vast area of unspoiled nature and arguably the best destination for travelers seeking exciting outdoor experiences. Located away from the political center of medieval Japan, Hokkaido (then known as “Ezo”) remained unconquered for centuries and its boundless territory was trodden only by the native Ainu people, a northern tribe of hunters with a unique culture preserved to present days. Hokkaido’s development began only after the end of the Edo period (in the end of the 19th century) and followed predominantly Western traditions of agriculture and urban planning, which strongly distinguishes the island from the rest of Japan.
The climate of Hokkaido is severe in winter, with plenty of snowfall and low temperatures, and mild in summer, lacking the heat and humidity of the rest of Japan. The island is home to several prominent national parks, among which is the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Shiretoko, volcano ranges, wild animals, and vast plains of farm fields, of which particularly popular are the lavender paradise Furano and nearby Biei. Hokkaido offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities in summer and winter: ski, dog sleds, hiking, canoeing, horse riding, rafting, cycling and many more! In addition, visitors are attracted by the delicious local food that some of Hokkaido’s main cities – Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa and Hakodate – are known for. Discover the picturesque beauty of Japan’s natural paradise Hokkaido!
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