Hokkaido Prefecture

An enormous island prefecture with abundant nature

Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is known for its significant contribution to rice production in the country. While Hokkaido’s climate and landscape differ from the rest of Japan, it has become a major agricultural region, including rice cultivation.


Rice is grown in various regions within Hokkaido, benefiting from its cooler climate and ample water resources. The abundant water supply from rivers and melted snow provides the ideal conditions for rice cultivation. However, the shorter growing season and cooler temperatures compared to other regions of Japan mean that Hokkaido’s rice varieties are adapted to these conditions.

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Some of the popular rice varieties cultivated in Hokkaido include Yumepirika and Nanatsuboshi. These varieties are known for their unique taste and texture, influenced by the island’s climate and soil composition.

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