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…

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…

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…

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…

Drink a Cup of Coffee Above the Clouds at Unkai Terrace in Hokkaido!

For coffee lovers, nothing beats a cup of their favorite morning beverage enjoyed overlooking a natural, picturesque view that one doesn’t normally see in local city cafes. Caffeine serves as an instant jolt to sleepyheads and to some, just like me, a vital part of our regular diet. If you happen to stay in Japan…

Feel Warmly Welcomed at this Friendly Onsen Ryokan in Hokkaido

Ryokan Dai-ichi Takimotokan is nestled in the secluded valley of Noboribetsu-Onsen in Hokkaido. It has over 150 years of history and has been long loved by locals due to its warm and family-friendly hospitality. It is located in a natural vista where the onsen waters flow from the active volcanoes in the area. It is…
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