All You Need to Know About Mt. Hakodate, One of the Top 3 Night Views in Japan

Given the highest possible rating of three Michelin stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan (published by the world-famous French company Michelin), the views from Mt. Hakodate (函館山), especially at nighttime, are spectacular and deserve to be on every traveler’s must-see list whilst traveling around the Hokkaido region. This article presents all the information you…

In Hokkaido This Summer 2017? Don’t Miss These 6 Special Summer Events!

Hakodate (函館) is one of the largest cities in Hokkaido (北海道). Regarded as one of the most enjoyable places to visit, Hakodate attracts tourists due to its historical buildings, beautiful scenery, and great local food. Not only is it a popular destination during winter with its powder snow and illumination events, but it has also…

8 Things To Do Around Rausu, the Easternmost Town of Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido

Rausu (羅臼) is on the easternmost edge of the Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) overlooking Nemuro Strait (根室海峡) that separates Russia and Japan. With an estimated population of just over 5000, this is one of the least populated towns in Japan. Despite this, there are plenty of things to do in and around the pristine town of…

Try French Toast and a Special Summer Menu at This Restaurant in Japan!

Do you like French toast? To some, it is either too sweet or too squishy from the maple syrup soaked into the bread and so they usually opt for pancakes or waffles instead. But did you know there are many kinds of French toast, some of which have had their recipes perfected over the years…

44 of Hokkaido’s Best Luxury Hotels and Ryokan to Stay at in 2017

Hokkaido (北海道) is the most northerly of Japan’s islands. Celebrated for its abundant nature and distinct four seasons, you can enjoy the dramatic changes in scenery from incredible snow-covered treetops in winter to beautiful white and pink cherry blossom in spring to cooler temperatures in summer offering relief from the heat of the rest of…

How to Drive in Hokkaido: Top Tips on Safety, Gas Stations, and Restrooms

Hokkaido (北海道) is one of the most beautiful places on earth, comprising of low population and rich flora and fauna. It has some scenic wetlands, lakes, glaciers, forests, mountains and more! The government wants to develop Hokkaido as a region that is sustainable instead of heavily industrializing it like other prefectures in the mainland, meaning…

Visit the Mystic Lake of Akan in Hokkaido and Witness These 3 Natural Wonders

Lake Akan, or Akanko (阿寒湖) in Japanese, is one of the clearest and most transparent lakes in Japan. You can have a clear view of its water up to 3 to 4 meters deep. It is located in Eastern Hokkaido (北海道) in the region of Kushiro (釧路), and is situated between two volcanoes, namely Oakan…

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…

Don’t Miss the Biggest Spring Festival for Lilacs in Sapporo This May!

Spring 2017 in Sapporo (札幌) is going to be full of excitement with lots of events. Sapporo is usually known for its winter festivals such as the Snow Festival (雪まつり), which is probably the largest event to take place in Hokkaido (北海道). However, there are other grand-scale events such as the Yosakoi Soran (よさこいソーラン) Festival…

Explore Japan’s Northernmost City by Visiting These 5 Spots in Wakkanai, Hokkaido

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 one I have seen where signs…
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