Hokkaido is an island at Japan’s northern extremity. It accounts for 22% of Japan’s total land area. Low humidity makes the summers pleasant, while in winter you can enjoy winter sports. The island is a haven for beautiful scenery and wildlife making it popular throughout all four seasons. These natural areas of beauty include Daisetsuzan National Park, Shiretoko Peninsula and ; Shikotsu-Toya. Sapporo, the island’s capital, is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city, providing tasty local delicacies, wonderful fresh fish and regional cheeses. Hokkaido boasts of over 1,200 festivals and events held throughout the year.