Okhotsk Ryukhyo Matsuri (Okhotsky holiday of an ice-rink): early February. Ocean ices in the north of the Sea of Okhotsk break and belong winds and tidal currents to the northeast coastline of Hokkaido. Ice-rinks are various in size and are quite beautiful. Many with admiration look at their brilliant forms. The main event of a festival takes place in Abasiri; it is parade on which on streets on sledge pull big blocks of ice. Also it is worth looking at sculptures from ice.
Hokkay Heso Matsuri: July 28 and 29. This festival is held in the city of Furano known as the middle of Hokkaido (on a geographical position). They say that drawing of the picture on someone's a stomach and dancing with simultaneous picking up of rice cakes gives strength.
By air. JAS, ANA and ANK airlines connect the main cities with each other. From Sapporo, for example, from the airports of Titose and Okadam there are flights to Vakkanay, Hakodate, Memambetsu, Mombetsu, Nakashibetsu and Kushiro, and from Vakkanay planes fly on the islands of Rishiri and Rebun.
Hokkaido lies almost at the same width, as the central part of Europe. In general, winters here severe, and summer cool, but pleasant. The spring, as a rule, comes is one-two months later than in other Japan, and even in the middle of summer temperature averages 220C. And here the fall comes here earlier, than to other regions and is at once replaced in the long winter. The climate of this island is sharply various in its different parts thanks to its topography and cold and warm currents. For example, during winter, Sapporo and all other western Hokkaido is under the influence of the seasonal winds blowing from the northwest and bringing terrible snowfalls while on Obihiro and other East good weather about 1/3 winter times.
The industry of fishery is proud of the best ulova in Japan here. The herring, a salmon, a trout and a crab, before the main catch, banished a pollack. Cultivation of combs and collecting by their drag from a bottom also succeeds. Besides, processing of coastal seafood goes especially actively, overtaking even fishery at production cost.
Branches of manufacturing industry well use local resources, such as the food, timber, oil and coal. Food freights, for example, the greatest among all prefectures of Japan.
High mountains, the smoldering volcanoes, boundless valleys, lakes surrounded with the primitive woods - the natural landscape of Hokkaido – is mystical and magnificent. On the island the numerous parks storing all this beauty that everyone could take pleasure in it are located.
Lilak Matsuri (Lilac holiday): late Mai. It is carried out in park for Odori's walks to Sapporo within three days and comes to an end last Sunday Mai. The lilac is an official plant of Sapporo. It has two types of flowers: white and purple. The uncountable set of a lilac decorates the city throughout all festival.
To Hokkaido it is cool and dry and as almost all its arable lands consist of volcanic ashes or peat bogs, the agriculture is generally presented by agriculture. Cultivation of beans, sugar beet and potatoes prospers on Tokati's plain. Use of the latest equipment in agriculture for large-scale agriculture led to fantastically high coefficient of production. Besides, Hokkaido – the biggest in Japan the livestock area which is responsible for one third of all dairy cattle of the country. It is known for production of oil, the cheese and other products received from milk. Around Hidak breed thoroughbred horses.
The main trade partners are the countries of Asia, Europe and North America; trade includes export (the mechanized equipment, vehicles, steel, paper and paper products) and import (mineral fuel, timber, seafood and zernova.
In prefecture, since Meiji's period, at the expense of introduction of modern European and American agricultural technologies, the large number of branches of agriculture in spite of the fact that it is the cold region with long snow winters developed. Generally it is rice cultivation, bespolivny agriculture and cultivation of cattle both for the sake of milk, and for meat products.