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You can explore Japan’s largest and most spectacular wetlands on a visit to Kushiro Shitsugen National Park in eastern Hokkaido. There are well-placed observation points in the hills around the wetlands to observe fauna and flora—including some 600 species of plants.


Located in the center of Hokkaido, Asahikawa is the island’s second largest city after Sapporo. The city is not known as a leading tourist destination, but its zoo,Asahiyama zoo, is among Japan’s best and most popular. The local noodle dish, Asahikawa Ramen, is also quite well known.


Wakkanai in Hokkaido is the most northern city in Japan and an air, rail and ferry travel hub for visiting nearby Cope Soya (Soya Misaki), which is the northern-most point in Hokkaido, and the offshore islands of Rebun and Reshir in the beautiful Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park.


Japan’s fifth-largest city, and the prefectural capital of Hokkaidō, Sapporo is a dynamic urban centre that offers everything you’d want from a Japanese city: a thriving food scene, stylish cafes, neon-lit nightlife, shopping galore and some more. Snow festival in February is popular despite freezing weather.


Built on a narrow strip of land, Hakodate is the southern gateway to the island of Hokkaidō. From 1854, the city had been one of the first ports to open up to international trade. That influence can still be seen in the Motomachi district, a steep hillside that’s sprinkled with European buildings and churches; the waterfront lined with red-brick warehouses; and in the nostalgic streetcar that still makes the rounds of the city.