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You do not have to go all the way to the Netherlands just to see tulips when you can have it here in Japan, on the scenic island of Hokkaido (北海道). Hokkaido's climate is well suited for tulips, lilacs, and many other attractive flowers. Nothing can spring emotions like...

Going farther north than Wakkanai (稚内) and Cape Soya (宗谷岬) would be quite difficult as they are the northernmost points of Japan. What's after? Russia. But Wakkanai is not just the northernmost city of Japan, it is also the northernmost city you can access by train, and the only...

Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido (北海道). It is said to be the last unexplored region in Japan which is still abundant in virgin forests. It is popular for its waterfall kingdom that can be seen while on board a sightseeing boat. There are...

Obihiro (帯広) is an important economic and political center located in the Tokachi plain (十勝平野) of Hokkaido prefecture. The city's population isn't very high, but it offers a lot of things to do. It is considered to be one of the cleanest cities in Japan, even nominated as a...

The island of Rishiri (利尻島) is present just 20 km off the coast of Hokkaido (北海道). It has one of the most preserved wetlands and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The people of Rishiri make a living from tourism and fishing while the island is...

Have you heard of the Japanese watercolorist from Chiba Prefecture who became a popular artist? His name is Goto Sumio and he became renowned for his use of natural materials in making his brilliant masterpieces. He put up a museum under his name in order to house over 130...

For coffee lovers, nothing beats a cup of their favorite morning beverage enjoyed overlooking a natural, picturesque view that one doesn’t normally see in local city cafes. Caffeine serves as an instant jolt to sleepyheads and to some, just like me, a vital part of our regular diet. If...

Ryokan Dai-ichi Takimotokan is nestled in the secluded valley of Noboribetsu-Onsen in Hokkaido. It has over 150 years of history and has been long loved by locals due to its warm and family-friendly hospitality. It is located in a natural vista where the onsen waters flow from the active...

Less than an hour northwest from Sapporo and en route to Niseko is the port city of Otaru. It faces the Sea of Japan and is known for the beautiful Otaru Canal that runs through the city. The canal is lined with rustic old warehouses that have been converted...

Colorful crops along with giant fields of lavender line Farm Tomita in Nakafurano of Hokkaido. It is one of the scenic vistas in the region which allows tourists to visit and walk along. Since the start of the cultivation of the lavender for essence in 1958, the farm has...

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