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Sōunkyō, a gorge in the Daisetsu-zan Volcanic Area.
A Satellite image of Hokkaido

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.[1]

Hokkaidō Prefecture covers the entire island.[2]

About 5,500,000 live on the island. It is north of Honshu. It is the second largest Japanese island.[3] 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's economy.

Regions[change | change source]

Hokkaidō region is one of Japan's traditional geographic regions.[4]

The region covers the entire island.[1] The island and the region have been called Hokkaidō since 1869.[3]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Library of Congress Country Studies, Japan (LOC), "Geographic Regions, Hokkaido". Retrieved 2012-2-13.
  2. Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Hokkaido Prefecture, Regional Information Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-4-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Hokkaido" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 343.
  4. Nussbaum, "Geography" at p. 242.

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