The Hokkaido Area

Hokkaido is the second-largest island of Japan, and also its largest and northernmost prefecture. The island was formerly known as Ezo, and is famous for its unique Ainu culture that its descendants have meticulously maintained, through celebrating their history with museums and cultural events dotted across the area.
Climate-wise, Japan’s four distinct seasons are no more clearly exemplified than in Hokkaido. The dry, warm summer is more pleasant than the uncomfortable humidity of further south. Winter, on the other hand, transforms the island into a snow-shrouded wonderland, drawing in winter sports enthusiasts.
Quite different from other islands and prefectures of Japan, Hokkaido is a sparsely populated rural mix of farms, forests, volcanoes, hot springs and ski resorts, combining to create dazzling natural vistas that stay with any tourist lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit.
The island is divided into several sub-prefectures, but for the purposes of this book we have split Hokkaido into four geographical sections - north, central, east and south.


book image 'JAPAN - 100 HIDDEN TOWNS'

Japan – 100 Hidden Towns is a travel guidebook to Japan off-the-beaten-track – the lesser known towns, where quiet, bucolic ways of life, and proudly maintained local history and traditions can be found. 100 towns, selected from all of the country’s 47 prefectures, are reviewed with a focus on nature, culture, food, access, and key dates – each illustrated with colourful photographs. Information on each of Japan’s eight regions and their major tourist attractions, general advice for travellers, and listings of useful phrases are also provided, helping visitors to maximise the enjoyment of their travels. Over 400 pages of colour photographs and useful information.

ISBN : 9784905527497