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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...

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...

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...

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...

Less than an hour northwest from Sapporo and en route to Niseko is the port city of Otaru. It faces the Sea of Japan and is known for the beautiful Otaru Canal that runs through the city. The canal is lined with rustic old warehouses that have been converted...

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...

Every year, tens of thousands of people flock to Sapporo during winter in February for the Yuki Matsuri or snow festival. Hundreds of ice sculptures crafted by hand would be on display in their full glory. A Star Wars-themed series of sculptures was even featured this year (2016) in...

One of the hardest tasks on every vacation is planning for accommodation. Save for the ideal scenario of living in a well-equipped and energy-sufficient van, which is rare in Japan, hotels, ryokans or the up and coming Airbnb scene are the way to go. That said, outside of Sapporo...

Planning a trip to Hokkaido soon? Instead of the usual tourist spots, why not head to the Tokachi Girls Farm opening this spring to support ladies working in the agricultural industry? At the mention of Hokkaido, images of beautiful natural scenery and delicious local produce would definitely come to mind....

Right now in Hokkaido, lucky visitors are able to see an unusual feat of nature. Jewelry ice or ice so clear that it looks like a precious stone can be found alongside the Tokachi River of Hokkaido. Having lived in cold parts of the world abundant with lakes and...

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