Summary of Hokkaido Prefecture
Hokkaido is the largest and most northerly prefecture in Japan. Hokkaido's development began in 1869 with the establishment of the Hokkaido Development Commission. Over 130 years have since passed, Hokkaido has seen significant development. Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, is the fifth-most populous city in Japan and lies at 43 north latitude, almost the same as Boston, Sarajevo and Monaco. This island prefecture is full of nature, so it plays an important role as the largest food supplier and tourist area. Not only a lot of Japanese tourists but also a lot of foreign tourists arrive there and enjoy Hokkaido!
Capital City: Sapporo
Population in 2007 (thousands): 5,570
Area in 2007 (square km): 83,456
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Lake Toya and Red-crowned Cranes)
500 yen bi-color clad coin
(Obverse design: Lake Toya and The former Hokkaido Government office building)
We issued Hokkaido coin as the memorable first coin of this program. You may think this coin is to mark the summit because the summit was held in Hokkaido in July 2008, but strictly speaking, it isn’t. It is a part of “Japan 47 Prefectures Coin Program.”
Coin Sets contain Hokkaido Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 80 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Proof Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin with five 80 yen stamps, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin 3 Prefectures (Hokkaido, Kyoto, Shimane) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"