Hokkaido, formerly known as Ezo, is the second largest island of Japan, and the largest and northernmost prefecture.
I have heard so many wonderful things about Hokkaido and in 2015, I finally got the chance and visit this place. It is also my first time in Japan, period. I chose to visit in winter because living in the San Francisco Bay Area for years, I really miss the white snow in winter.
The moment I stepped out the airport, I was immediately attracted by the peacefulness in Hokkaido. Taking the train and traveling between all the cities is the most unforgettable experience. Especially when taking the late afternoon train traveling from Lake Toya to Noboribetsu, it was the perfect moment that I will never forget. Golden sunset peeked through the window while the train moved forward quietly in the snow covered land. At that moment, I wish the time could stop.
As a foodie, I also really enjoyed the food in Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous for its great natural resources and delicious food. No matter the simple ramen noodle soup in Noboribetsu, or the Michelin Star sushi in Sapporo, I really enjoyed every meal I had in Hokkaido.
I have traveled quite a few places over the years, and between all the places I visited, Hokkaido is by far my favorite place to visit. I am planning on going back again, still in winter.