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Region 1: 北海道 Hokkaido

北海道 Hokkaido

This Prefecture's Symbol

北海道 Hokkaido

  • Prefecture's Bird: Japanese Crane

  • Prefecture's Tree: a Yezo spruce

  • Prefecture's Flower: a Sweetbrier

Hokkaido is the most northern and coldest region of Japan. It is both a ken (prefecture) and a region. It is the second largest island in Japan. Very different from the 'Tokyo' Japan, Hokkaido boasts of a pristine, clean environment hardly touched by man.

Originally called 蝦夷 Ezo, it was changed to 北海道 Hokkaidou in 1869.

CAPITAL: Sapporo


The Japan Guide's Hokkaido Page

北海道 - Yahoo! Japan's Hokkaido Page

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