Hokkaido is surrounded by three bodies of water – the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sea of Okhotsk. This convenient location makes this prefecture one of the world’s foremost fishery areas where a wide variety of seasonal fish are landed. In addition, Hokkaido has four colorful seasons with significant snowfall in the winter and mild weather in the summer. The deep, cold waters provide an abundance of fresh seafood including crab, scallops, and salmon. Thus, this fishery kingdom boasts one-fourth of Japan’s total catch, most of it being natural rather than cultivated.