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Composite Image: Hokkaido, Japan

Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan's four main islands. It's sparsely populated, with vast forests, uninhabited seashores, and expansive vistas that resemble the American West. One of Hokkaido's most untamed landscapes is Shiretoko Peninsula in the northeast. Hokkaido is a seismically active island that is home to many active volcanoes.