Northernmost and the largest prefecture with wild nature
Hokkaido is the Japanese largest prefecture and is located at the northernmost part of Japan. Due to its location, it has large amount of snow in winter and is known for great ski resorts. As Hokkaido preserves untouched wild nature, in summer, it has spectacular sceneries across the prefecture.
Hokkaido is rich in wild nature and offers different sceneries thought a year. Okhotsk coast of Hokkaido is known for drifting sea ice from the Amur River in in Russia.
Shiretoko National Park, which is located at a long narrow Shiretoko peninsula is a home of an unique ecosystem almost untouched by human.
Shikisai-no-oka in Biei is an 17 acre park filled with varieties of flowers grown on several straight lanes.
Hokkaido is a place where the Ainu, indigenous have lived since an ancient time. Near Lake Akan, there is a small village of the Ainu and this is where you can learn history and lifestyle of the Ainu.
Although Hokkaido experiences severe winter due to the advanced technologies in agriculture, Hokkaido is a source of supply of various kinds of vegetables and milk to other prefectures.
Hokkaido is also known for seafood dishes such as squids, herring, sea urchin, and salmon roe. Jingisukan is a grilled mutton in a BBQ style.
The Ainu have formed their original culture. Nibutani carved wooden tray is one of them. In Ainu’s life, it is important to use blades properly, so an Ainu man gives a carved wooden craft to his lover as a gift. With this background, wooden items made by the Ainu have been highly valued for personal gifts and business.
Nibutani bark cloth is a woven textile that originates in Ainu women’s handmade clothes made by threads from tree bark fiber. It was specifically made in areas with poor sea foods a way of making a living.