Snow on Japan’s Hokkaido Island
Hokkaidō, literally meaning “North Sea Circuit”, is Japan‘s second largest island and the largest, northernmost of its 47 prefectural-level subdivisions.
The island of Hokkaidō is located at the north end of Japan, near Russia, and has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk, and the Pacific Ocean.
The center of the island has a number of mountains and volcanic plateaus, and there are coastal plains in all directions.
Here, much of the island’s terrain is dusted by snow, though some coastal areas on the eastern shore and a valley in the southern portion are snow-free.
The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaidō from Honshū, although the two islands are connected by the underwater Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaidō is its capital, Sapporo.