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Popular Hokkaido Attractions

(Japanese translation below)

By Ayami Nakajima

Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan. There are many popular cities to visit in Hokkaido. The top four popular cities are Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa and Hokodate.

Sapporo is the capital city and the largest city in Hokkaido. Sapporo has a lot of tourist attractions. There are monthly events in Odori Park. The most popular event is the Sapporo Snow Festival in February. There are many snow statues, local foods, and projection mapping at night. In Sapporo alone, large parks include Moerenuma Park, Takino Suzuran Park and Nakajima Park.

Susukino is another famous tourist destination. It has delicious food such as fresh seafood and Genghis Khan. There are also izakayas, cafes, and bars where you can enjoy yourself from morning till night.

Otaru is near Sapporo and used to be the capital city of Hokkaido. It began as a fishing village. There are many delicious foods in Otaru. For example, in the shop Kamaei, you can have kamaboko, a type of cured sushi. And in the shop Naruto you can try zangi, a type of chicken nugget that is marinated then covered in seasonings and fried. Both shops are very famous.

Since the fishing industry flourished, fresh seafood has been available. Many sweets are also famous. Lutao's Douvre Fromage, Amatou's marron cologne, and Yamanaka Farm's soft-serve ice cream are especially popular.

Asahikawa has many places to enjoy nature. Mt. Asahidake, the Sounkyo Onsen Ice Fall Festival, and waterfalls are popular natural spots. Meteor, Hagoromo, and Ginga are also popular natural spots. Asahikawa's famous foods are Shinkoyaki, a chicken dish with bones, Asahikawa Ramen, Jingisukan, and soup curry.

Hakodate has an exotic cityscape, and it has been selected as one of the world's three major night views. The reason for the exotic townscape is because most of the houses in Hakodate are a blend of Japanese and Western style. This is because Hakodate was one of Japan's leading trading ports. Interactions with foreigners introduced many western techniques which were then adopted to create the houses. Hakodate is famous for the sushi shop Kantaro, the chain restaurant Lucky Pierrot, and fresh squid.


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