A Gorgeous View, Delicious Traditional Food and a Relaxing Onsen at Hotel Izumi!

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 city, Airbnbs are hard to come…

How One Farm is Encouraging Women to Join Japan’s Agricultural Industry

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. Did you know that Hokkaido…

Ainu Village Museum: Catch a Glimpse of the Life of the Japan’s Indigenous People

Before modern times, before countries were formed, before colonies were made, there were people who inhabited the world in harmony. They were self-sufficient beings in communities that were at peace with nature and the universe. The Native tribes in America, the Samis in the Nordic Arctic, the aborigines in Australia, and the Ainu in Hokkaido…

Try Delicious Cheesecake Made With Hokkaido Ingredients at LeTAO!

When you are in Hokkaido, you must be sure to try out its dairy products which are sourced from healthily-fed cows. One of the ways to enjoy the dairy products is by eating cheesecakes. When it comes to cheesecakes, LeTAO is a very famous brand in Japan which is loved by many!   letao.jp/ LeTAO…

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…

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!   The Festival   This festival is the brainchild of locals who wanted to take…

Celebrate Winter at 2 Drift Ice Festivals in Northern Hokkaido

North of Hokkaido lies the Okhotsk Sea which is famous for its cold arctic winters and drift ice during winter. In February, the drift ice flows right down to the coast of Hokkaido, adding a Russian winter feel to the already snow-covered cities along it. If you are traveling in Hokkaido, do not forget to…