Circuits or subprefectures
There are two commonly used ways to split up Hokkaido: either the 4 "circuits" (道), or the 12 "subprefectures" (支庁). Wikipedia uses the subprefectures (eg. WikiPedia:Bihoro, Abashiri, Hokkaido) but I think the circuits are more appropriate for Wikitravel:
Opinions? Jpatokal 02:42, 9 Jan 2006 (EST)
Furano is technically a city, although to the general traveller (and most Japanese people) it would seem like a town. For the sake of accuracy, I'm bumping it up to cities.
its architecture and cities are much more modern, and mostly based on western-like grid layouts.
That would be "The West" == USA ?
There are many towns, cities, countries in "The West" that don't use grid layouts. Even modern ones.