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Hokkaidō Prefecture (北海道 Hokkai-dō)
Map of Japan with Hokkaidō highlighted
Capital Sapporo
Region Hokkaidō
Island Hokkaidō
Governor Harumi Takahashi
Area 83,454 km² (1)
Population 5,627,424 (7th)
Density 67 /km²
Districts 66
Municipalities 207

Hokkaidō (北海道, literal meaning: "North Sea Route"), formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is the second largest island and largest prefecture of Japan. The Tsugaru Strait separates it from Honshū, although it is connected to Honshū by the underwater Seikan Tunnel. The largest city on Hokkaidō is the prefectural capital, Sapporo.