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Map of Japan with the island of Hokkaidō highlighted in brown

Hokkaidō (北海道 Hokkaidō?), also known as Ezo and Yezo, is the northern 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 Koeppen climate classification) with cold snowy winters and warm to hot summers.

Agriculture is an important part of the island economy.


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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Satellite image of Hokkaidō
  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; 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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