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What can we see on the isle of Hokkaidō?

Hokkaidō, with an area of 83 456km² (22% of Japan), is the northernmost isle of Japan. Sapporo, its economic and political centre, is also the 5th biggest town in Japan. It's accessible by plane, shinkansen (high-speed train), ferry or coach, from Honshū (main island). The climate is warm and pleasant in summer, cool in spring and autumn and verry cold in winter, with snow in plenty, particularly adapted to winter sports. Hokkaidō is mainly known for its luxuriant nature but it also has a rich past historic and culture. The former Ezo is the land of the Ainu (literally, Humans), the first tribe to colonize this island and the south of the Sakhalin island. From the 15th century, Japanese began to come to the isle.
The snow festival of Sapporo is maybe the more spectacular winter festival hivernal, with all sizes snow and ice scultpures. It has been initiated in 1950, by secondary school students, in Odori-kōen park and it now welcome 3 million of people.
Concerning the History of Hokkaidō and the Ainu culture, let's visit :

As for natural sites, here is a non exhaustive list. Finally, for those who love original activities, you can come on board an icebreaker to discover sea birds like white tailed sea eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla), go on a cruise to see sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), dolphins, killer whales, petrels, and so on, or fly over heart shaped lake Toyoni-ko, in helicopter.