3 Recommended Onsen around Sapporo, Hokkaido

Hot spring, known as “Onsen” is a good place to relax and warm your body. In some cases, natural hot spring has many benefits for health because of the existing minerals in the water. You can find numerous hot springs around Japan, including in Hokkaido. There are some hot springs that are close to the…

Enjoy the summer beauty of Furano, Hokkaido

It’s a perfect timing for an article dedicated to the Lavender Field in Furano, Hokkaido. Indeed, just from now to middle of August it is the best period to plan your trip to Hokkaido! Lavender Field is a must-see in Japan! furano-honpo.com/ Hokkaido, the north island of Japan, is an amazing place for both tourist…

Sapporo Summer Festival, Non-Stop Summer Fun!

Sapporo Summer Fest is one of the most popular festivals in Sapporo which attracts more than one million visitors every year. The festival runs about a month from July to August. Many events are held during the festival, such as a Hokkaido Bon Odori dance, the Sapporo Bazaar antique fair, music and Jazz shows, firework…

Feel the Energy of Yosakoi Soran Festival, Sapporo

Yosakoi is an energetic Japanese traditional dance combined with modern music, which is held annually in early June. It is performed in large groups of dancers wearing fascinating colorful costumes (Happi coats and Yukatas predominantly). Naruko, or small wooden clappers are held by each dancer. blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ The first performance was held in the city of…

Mt. Moiwa, spectacular Sapporo sightseeing

Mt. Moiwa (藻岩山 – Moiwa-San) is located in the center of Sapporo at 531 meter altitude. The summit of the mountain is the best sightseeing spot. There is an observation deck there which allows you to have a spectacular view of the city of Sapporo. The deck welcome.city.sapporo.jp/ To get to the summit of the…

Discover Amazing Nature Around Toya Lake, Sapporo

Toya Lake in the southwestern part of Hokkaido belongs to Shikotsu Toya National Park. This lake is about 71 kilometers square in surface going 10 km east to west, and 9 km south to north. There is an active volcano Mt. Usu nearby which most recent eruption was in 2000. Toya Lake never freezes, even…

The Best Zoo in Japan: Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido!

The best zoo in Japan, Asahiyama Zoo Have you heard of Asahiyama zoo? This zoo got first prize in a few Japanese zoo rankings such as on trip adviser. In this article, I will tell you the reasons why Asahiyama zoo got the first prize and what it’s special features are! pilotfree.com/ 1. Exhibition types…

Get your souvenir shopping ON in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Visiting a place without buying a souvenir can make you feel that your trip wasn’t complete. In Sapporo, there are many good places to hunt for souvenirs, but some people may not know what shop or mall they should visit. Well, I have some nice information about the shopping places. Pay attention if you visit…

Admiring Human-made Geometry in Moerenuma Park

Moerenuma Park (モエレ沼公園 – Moerenuma Ko-en) is a park in the northeastern part of Sapporo, it’s construction started in 1982 and finished only in 2005. The name “moerenuma” comes from the Ainu word “Moyre pet” which means ‘a slowly flowing river’. The park is 1,89-km square, with 120 playgrounds, about 3,000 cherry trees, and parking…

Learn about Ainu people in Hokkaido Museum

Ainu or Aynu in Japan are indigenous people who originally lived in Hokkaido. They also lived in the Northeast part of Honshu island and Sakhalin, the island in the east coast of Russia. It is not easy to meet Ainu people nowadays. Throughout the history Ainu people have been oppressed up until Meiji era. During…
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