Prefecture Profile: Hokkaido

As you probably know, my family and I will be going on a long camping trip to northern Japan. The prefecture we will be going to is called Hokkaido.

I am going to be posting stuff as usual; another differences post, an interview, and maybe even another cool island post, but I will also be posting updates on my trip to Hokkaido. So you don’t get confused later on, I will give you a bit of a summary of the prefecture of Hokkaido.

Temperature

Because Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture, the average temperature in January (the coldest month) is 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Even in the summer it’s so cool that Hokkaido houses don’t have air-conditioners. The average temperature in July is only 72 degrees.

There is a festival called the Snow Festival, in the capital of Sapporo, where they carve blocks of ice into different things such as buildings, animals, and cartoon characters.

Sadly, we won’t be able to see the Snow Festival because it’s summer, but hopefully we will get to see it someday!

Nature

The Blue Pond

There are many natural wonders in Hokkaido. Here are just a few: the Unkai Terrace, where people can feel like they are on a sea of clouds from a cafe high in the mountains, the Blue Pond, where the water is a beautiful gem-like cobalt blue, and Lake Notoro, where the lake turns red because the stems of glasswort, a smooth salt-tolerant plant that changes color.

Food

Potatoes
Beef

Hokkaido is famous for many foods such as milk and cheese, beef, sea food, fresh melons, potatoes, and corn. Many foods from Hokkaido are trusted and popular even here in Kyoto.

Often, the fresh food is one of the reasons people want to go to Hokkaido.

Five Fast Facts

  1. The distance between two tourist spots in Hokkaido is often far.
  2. Hokkaido souvenirs are found in department stores’ basements.
  3. Because most of Hokkaido is covered in nature, there are also many wild animals … like bears. Sadly, this prefecture has the most reports of bears killing people in all of Japan.
  4. Hokkaido used to be a separate country from Japan (called Ainu, and it became part of Japan in 1869), so they still have some words from that language that they use even now!
  5. It is the only prefecture that is a whole region by itself.

Well, it is definitely going to be an outstanding trip when we go to Hokkaido, and I am excited to post updates and tell you all about our trip! I hope you got enough imformation to not get too confused about what I am going to say in the updates, but if you have any questions, feel free to comment bellow!

For now, God bless and goodbye!

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