Hokkaido Fast Facts

From magnificent landscapes to grid layout modern cities, Hokkaido (literary means ‘road to the northern sea’) offers a continent-sized dramatic travel to the travelers. Perhaps Hokkaido is different from your image of Japan, this means the land has been developed in Western-style and risen fast in just 150 years. In addition to you will hear Ainu place names and see traditional culture in many destinations.
Awe-inspring natural wonders such as picturesque lakes and active volcanos form relaxed onsen resorts. Winter is a dream destination for powder skiers and snow lovers. The prefectural capital Sapporo is one of Japan’s most interesting and dynamic cities.


Area 82,400 sq km

Population 5,280,000

Capital Sapporo

Local Time Japan Standard Time (JST): GMT +9 hours

Hub Airport New Chitose (CTS)

At a Glance

Official Language Japanese

Visas & Passports Commonly many nationalities not required for stays of up to 90 days. Some nationalities will need a Japanese visa.

Electricity 100 volts AC / 50 Hz / 2 flat pins

Currency Yen (¥/JPY/円)

  • Bills: ¥1000 / ¥2000 / ¥5000 / ¥10,000

  • Coins: ¥1 / ¥5/ ¥10 / ¥50 / ¥100 / ¥500

Call Numbers

  • Police 110

  • Fire & Ambulance 119

  • Marine Accident 118

  • Country Code 81


  • Valid your passport

  • Valid your credit card

  • Travel insurance

  • Plan your basic itinerary

  • Japanese yen in cash

  • Online booking ahead

  • Seasonal clothes

  • Download useful app for travel, map or translation

  • International licence if you drive by car or motorcycle

  • Japan or Hokkaido rail pass if you travel by train

Public Holidays in Japan

 New Year’s Day 1 Jan

 Coming of Age Day 2nd Mon of Jan

 National Foundation Day 11 Feb

 The Emperor’s Birthday 23 Feb

 Spring Equinox Around 21 Mar

 Showa Day 29 Apr

 Constitution Memorial Day 3 May

 Greenery Day 4 May

 Children’s Day 5 May

 Marine Day 3rd Mon of Jul

 Mountain Day 11 Aug

 Respect for the Aged Day 3rd Mon of Sep

 Fall Equinox Around 23 Sep

 Health and Sports Day 2nd Mon of Oct

 Culture Day 3 Nov

 Labor Thanksgiving Day 23 Nov

Informative Websites

Hokkaido Government

Hokkaido Tourism Association

Akarenga: Hokkaido’s History and Culture

Foundation of Ainu Culture

Japan Meteorological Agency

Immigration Service Agency

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