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Where is Hokkaido?

Hokkaido, the northernmost and second largest of Japan's four main islands, sits between the Sea of Japan to the west, the Sea of Okhotsk to the northeast and the Pacific Ocean to the southeast. It sits at the northern tip of Japan's main island Honshu, and just below the Russian island of Sakhalin at its northern point and mainland Russia to the west.

Hokkaido is connected to Honshu by the undersea Seikan railway tunnel.


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Introducing Hokkaido

Japan's most northerly island is still largely untamed and wild. It’s also the harshest and coldest part of Japan, with average January temperatures ranging from −12 to −4 °C (10.4 to 24.8 °F).

While it isn't often included in the itineraries of people visiting Japan for the first time, it perhaps ought to be. Hokkaido offers the explorer many opportunities for adventure and experiences that will get you closer to Japan’s natural landscape.


Hokkaido Facts & Figures

Hokkaido Destinations & Experiences (Featured Posts)

Selected posts about destinations in Hokkaido:

Hokkaido YouTube Video Playlist

You can view our YouTube video playlist dedicated to Hokkaido HERE.

Things To Do In Hokkaido


Hokkaido Travel Planning Services

Have some questions about exploring Hokkaido? Want help planning a Hokkaido itinerary? I offer a couple of services that you might like to take a look at.

My Travel Planning Calls are ideal if you have a few unanswered questions about a trip you are planning, or would like feedback and suggestions on an itinerary you are building.  Learn More HERE.

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