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Meet Lala, the Sweet Stationmaster in Hokkaido That Happens to Be a Dog!

Something has been causing a commotion at JR Shin-Totsukawa Station in Hokkaido! People are crazy about Lala, a stationmaster who also happens to be a dog! Lala is a 10-year-old Shiba Inu owned by a 55-year-old man named Kazumasa Takahashi. Since the station she is serving is facing partial abolition, Takahashi is hoping that Lala’s…

Visit Japan’s Largest Indoor Wave Pool in Hokkaido!

Hoshino Resorts Tomamu (星野リゾート トマム) is a large ski area in Shimukappu Village (占冠村) which is found in central Hokkaido (北海道). The resort is often referred to simply as Tomamu (トマム) after the mountain on which it is located. Tomamu is one of the best resorts in the region and it can be visited during…

Get Closer to Nature by Visiting These 3 Spots in Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido

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 also cliffs stretching for many miles…

10 Things to Do in Hokkaido’s Romantic City of Obihiro

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 “model city” in 2008. Here are…

Climb the Famous Clone Mountain of Mt. Fuji in Rishiri Island, Hokkaido

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 famous for its narrow cycling tracks,…

Appreciate the Beauty of Northern Hokkaido at the Goto Sumio Museum!

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 of his visionary work of art…

Why Were the Gorgeous Flower Fields of Farm Tomita Created?

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 actually been selling many of its…

Ainu Village Museum: Catch a Glimpse of the Life of the Japan’s Indigenous People

Before modern times, before countries were formed, before colonies were made, there were people who inhabited the world in harmony. They were self-sufficient beings in communities that were at peace with nature and the universe. The Native tribes in America, the Samis in the Nordic Arctic, the aborigines in Australia, and the Ainu in Hokkaido…
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