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Experience an Unusual Summer Festival Among the Ghosts in Hokkaido This 2017!

During summer, there are many festivals taking place all over Japan. The majority of such festivals have a religious or spiritual touch where gods and/or ancestors are honored with the purpose of giving thanks, offering prayers, or appeasing spirits. Do you know that there is an unusual summer festival taking place in Noboribetsu City (登別市),…

See the Curious Belly Button Festival in Furano, Hokkaido

Furano (富良野) is a beautiful small town famous for lavender farms, located in the middle of the mountains in Hokkaido (北海道). It is covered with thick white snow in the winter but becomes a paradise filled with colorful flowers in the warmer months. Nicknamed ‘Lavender Town’ because of its lavender farms, Furano has a lot…

Feel Transported to the Netherlands at This Tulip Fair in Hokkaido This May!

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 a beautiful tulip flower which is…

Shikaribetsuko Kotan: Hokkaido’s Very Own Ice Village!

Hokkaido is famous for its winter ice festivals, amazing fresh seafood, and pristine ski and snowboarding resorts, but did you know that it has its own village completely made of ice? Welcome to Shikaribetsuko Kotan – Japan’s only ice village! hokkaidolikers.com/ The Festival taptrip.jp/ This festival is the brainchild of locals who wanted to take…

Celebrate Winter at 2 Drift Ice Festivals in Northern Hokkaido

North of Hokkaido lies the Okhotsk Sea which is famous for its cold arctic winters and drift ice during winter. In February, the drift ice flows right down to the coast of Hokkaido, adding a Russian winter feel to the already snow-covered cities along it. If you are traveling in Hokkaido, do not forget to…

Experience Winter’s Beauty at the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival!

There is a beautiful festival which coincides with the Sapporo Festival in Japan and it is called Otaru Snow Light Festival, also known as Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi in Japanese. It is a festival of snow lamps and lights held every February in Otaru, a small harbor city in Hokkaido. It runs for 10…