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15 pictures that will make you want to visit Hokkaido

Have you ever been to Hokkaido? If not, here you find at least 15 good reasons to organize a trip to this island in Japan.

Quick guide to Hokkaido

Best time: Winter for skiing or birdwatching Summer for enjoying nature while enjoying the cool weather

How many days: 4 days is the minimum to see the most exciting things

Why it’s worth visiting: Hokkaido is a beautiful island surrounded by nature, full of lovely villages, wild animals, and great seafood

Where to sleep: when traveling in Asia, the best search engine is

I visited Japan for the first time a few years ago but, due to the limited time, I stayed only in Tokyo (here my guide). This time I had the chance to explore the countryside of Japan in Hokkaido and all I can say is that it’s amazing!

What to do in Hokkaido

Hokkaido is famous for its amazing landscapes both in Winter and in Summer. In my article, I mention several places you might have never heard of. For an easy reference, you can find them on this map. Two of them are called Furano and Biei, about two and a half hours from Sapporo.

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Pictures of Hokkaido

Let me show you 15 pictures that will make you want to visit this beautiful island in Northern Japan.

snapdragons flower in furano in hokkaido japan

Snapdragon flowers, paraglider, a volcano on background, and people taking selfies. What else do you need to take the perfect picture?

fowers in nakafurano in hokkaido japan

These beautiful flower fields are in a place called Furano. The best time to go there is towards the end of July.

volcano smoking in furano hokkaido in japan

One of the 60 volcanoes in Hokkaido. Did you know that about 10% of the volcanoes in the world are located on this island?

canal otaru

This canal in the city of Otaru reminds me of Europe. Otaru is not a big city but is a good place to spend a few days enjoying the relaxed vibe of the island.

things to do in sapporo

Japan it’s probably the only place in the world (well excluding China of course. Speaking of which, don’t forget to check this post about the amazing Canola fields in Luoping, Yunnan) where you can see a lavender field and a Ferris wheel, all in the same place. It was still a bit early to see the flowers though.

things to see in hokkaido

A really friendly chipmunk. They are quite common in the island.

top things to do in hokkaido

Another example of what Hokkaido has to offer: more flowers. This place is located in the famous Tomita farm.

If you want to you can also visit a local factory, where lavender flowers are processed and become perfumes, soap, and other products.

sunset in otaru in hokkaido japan

The coast of Hokkaido it’s as beautiful as the countryside. Beware of the strong winds though, they are quite strong.

snapdragon flowers in furano hokkaido in japan

Some more flowers. Obviously, knowing how well-organized the Japanese are, also the fields are perfect.

sushi hokkaido japan

It’s not possible to visit Japan and don’t eat sushi. There are many restaurants on the island and Hokkaido is particularly well known for its seafood, especially the scallops.

otaru hokkaido

Hokkaido is also a good place to visit in winter, well if you like skiing. It’s one of the few in the world where you can ski in front of the ocean.

Winter is also the perfect time to photograph the local wildlife, including some rare Japanese Cranes and the Steller’s Sea Eagles.

flowers in furano in hokkaido japan

The month of July it’s the best season to see the flowers. When I visited, the end of July would have been a better choice though. Keep an eye on the weather the previous weeks and possibly social media such as Instagram. I often use it to check if the flowers have blossomed whenever I want to visit a new place.

what to do in hokkaido

Sometimes Hokkaido reminds me of Tuscany.

Don’t forget to try some local food like homemade tofu. Eating in a traditional restaurant can be a bit pricey but, in my opinion, the experience it’s worth the money.

hokkaido pictures flowers

Here you can find some more pictures I took in Japan.

Provence is another great place to see some beautiful flower fields. Here my pictures of the Jacaranda trees in Yunnan, China. Here is some useful info if you want to become a digital nomad.

2 thoughts on “15 pictures that will make you want to visit Hokkaido”

  1. Japan has always been one of my most daring dreams, and I always included in these dreams the region of Hokkaido. Your amazing pictures makes me wanna go there even more!! Will treasure your great tips that lucky day 🙂

    1. Thanks Pam. Hokkaido it’s simply amazing, whether you visit it on summer or on winter…

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