Source: Grape

Aside from the island of Honshu, Hokkaido is Japan’s largest area of landmass, and is by far the biggest prefecture in the country. Despite having a size of 83,424 ㎢; which is at least five times the size of Honshu’s largest prefecture of Iwate (15, 275㎢), many people still struggle to believe in it’s vast expanse.

Drawing attention to the fact, Hokkaido’s New Chitose Airport proudly boasts a map showing the true scale of the island. This map happened to catch the eye of traveller, Saizonoji (a youtuber who shares videos based on themes of railway), as he was passing through the airport, and left him feeling overwhelmed by Hokkaido’s immensity.

Source: Source: @SAIONJI_com

What the airport actually did to show off the island’s dimensions, was to place a map of Hokkaido over one of Honshu. When laid over the main island of Japan, the overwhelming scale of Hokkaido can be seen, with it reaching further than the Kanto region in the east and Kansai in the west, and completely covering the whole area of Hokuriku.


— 西 園 寺 (@SAIONJI_com) October 16, 2021

It wasn’t just Saizonoji who was surprised by the size comparison, as many took to his twitter post with exclamations of astonishment:

Hokkaido has a strange sense of distance and size – even from the perspective of a former Hokkaido citizen@knight__x1440
It’s really much bigger than I thought!@r0y2o1t8a
The distance between Sapporo and Kushiro is the same as that between Tokyo and Nagoya!@yamachan_7024

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