Marimo Matsuri: An Ainu Celebration of Conserving the Rare Marimo Algae

Have you ever seen a ball of seaweed before? In Japan, it is a common sighting in Lake Akan in Hokkaido. These are algae which have grown into a large green ball popularly known as “marimo” in Japanese. They only grow in freshwater, thus, much is being done to conserve them. They have also been…

Amateur in the Snow? Skip the Sore Backside and try Airboarding instead!

There are a number of reasons to visit Japan all year ’round. During the winter season though, many of the visiting tourists head to the northern side of the country to experience the snowiest part of Japan. Winter sports are what they seek and so they shall get! Snowboarding and skiing are the most popular…

Take A Walk Through Tenkaen: the Abandoned China Theme Park in Hokkaido

It is no secret that Japan and China have had a rather complicated relationship for a long time. In order to honor the relationship between the two countries that each had been working to make better for 20 years, China gave a gift to Japan in the form of a China-styled theme park known as…

Noboribetsu Onsen: the Gateway to Hell in Hokkaido

Noboribetsu Onsen is one of Hokkaido’s most popular hot spring towns, less than 2 hours away from Sapporo. You can come just for the day, or, to get the full relaxing experience I would recommend at least a one-night stay. If you want to stay the night then there is a range of options for…

Sapporo’s Ramen Restaurant Shingen, Where the Ramen is Worth the Wait!

There’s a handy tip when picking where to eat in Japan; if you see queues of locals, the restaurant will give you some decent grub. Shingen ramen house in Sapporo’s Susukino district is no exception to this rule. Author’s photo Shingen Author’s photo It’s well worth a detour from the main streets of bars and…

Delicious Curry that Will Keep You Warm in Sapporo: Future Curry Koris

The Japanese are not renowned for their love of spice. A blob of mustardy wasabi next to your toro sashimi will likely be the only heat you find accompanying food on a day to day basis. If you look hard enough however, there are some fantastically fragrant curries to be had. Sapporo seems to have…

High-rise Cocktails for Low Costs at Electric Sheep Bar in Sapporo

Picture a swanky skyline bar serving tasty cocktails. The room is filled with beautiful people enjoying the chilled atmosphere. To many, it’s the idea of a perfect night out but an outrageously pricey one. This is not the case for Sapporo’s Electric Sheep Bar. Prime Location Author’s photo When walking through the heart of the…

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…
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