Hokkaido

Hokkaido:

Sunrise of Hokkaido Daisetsuzan National Park

Sunrise of Hokkaido Daisetsuzan National Park

Hokkaido literally meaning “Northern Sea Circuit” is the 2nd largest island of Japan, and the largest and northernmost prefecture. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaido is its capital, Sapporo, which is also its only ordinance-designated city.  Its 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.

History:

Hokkaido was settled by the Ainu, Nivkh, and Orok peoples many years ago. The Nihon Shoki, finished in 720 AD, is often said to be the first mention of Hokkaido in recorded history. During the Nara and Heian periods (710–1185), people in Hokkaido conducted trade with Dewa Province, an outpost of the Japanese central government. From the Middle Ages, the people in Hokkaido began to be called Ezo.  The Ezo mainly relied upon hunting and fishing and obtained rice and iron through trade with the Japanese.

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Places Not To Miss:

Shiretoko National Park:

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Rebun Island:

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Furano Flower Fields:

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Lake Toya:

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Asahiyama Zoo:

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Daisetsuzan National Park:

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