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Hakodate, Hokkaido

Japan's northeast island, Hokkaido, was sparsely populated until the early 19th century, when Japanese people came from all parts of the country to settle the land to create the Hokkaido we know today. Whereas Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and other areas of Japan are known for their intense summer heat and humidity, the summers in Hokkaido are relatively cool and pleasant.

Hakodate is located in southern Hokkaido. Hakodate is a small, quiet, rural town, with a population of about 300,000. Hakodate was one of two Japanese ports opened by Commodore Perry when he visited Japan in 1854. At that time, Hakodate led Japan's progress towards modernization. The night view of the town from Mt. Hakodate is considered one of the most spectacular in the world.

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    University:
    Colgate
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    University:
    University of
    Michigan

    A rigorous program in a very beautiful location. You will be surprised at how quickly your Japanese will improve. There are many scheduled events that...
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    University:
    University of
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    The friends I’ve made and the experiences I’ve had here at HIF have been incredible. I’ve grown a lot as a person and I’ve learned a lot of Japanese...
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    Carl Huang
    University:
    University of
    Virginia

    Best summer experience I have ever had. The instructors are highly professional and experienced. The classes are well-organized and intensive...
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    University of
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    Attending HIF is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. At school, all the staff members and instructors have been extremely helpful and...
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    Genevieve Simmons
    University:
    Yale University

    Not only was Hakodate a beautiful city to explore and live in, the program’s pace and methodology was the perfect amount of challenging and...
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    University:
    Columbia University

    This was my first time out of states and I have to tell you that this is a program you need to want every day but also a program that you will grow to...
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    University:
    Elizabethtown University

    I will say HIF has been the best experience of my life. It has something for everyone. I wasn’t much for doing culture classes as I lived far away, but...
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