map of japan with the island of hokkaidō highlighted in brown
sōunkyō, a gorge in the daisetsu-zan volcanic area.
satellite image of hokkaido
this article is about the island of hokkaidō. for the prefecture, see hokkaidō prefecture. for the region, see hokkaidō region.
hokkaidō (北海道, hokkaidō), also known as ezo and yezo, is a volcanic island in japan. it is the northernmost of japan's four main islands.
hokkaidō prefecture covers the entire island.
about 5,500,000 live on the island. it is north of honshu. it is the second largest japanese island. it has a humid continental climate (dfa/dfb in the köppen climate classification) with cold snowy winters and warm to hot summers.
agriculture is an important part of the island economy.