Experience Winter’s Beauty at the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival!

There is a beautiful festival which coincides with the Sapporo Festival in Japan and it is called Otaru Snow Light Festival, also known as Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi in Japanese. It is a festival of snow lamps and lights held every February in Otaru, a small harbor city in Hokkaido. It runs for 10…

All About the Ainu Architecture of Japan in Hokkaido

Ainu are the indigenous people of Japan. Most of them live in Hokkaido island and Sakhalin of Russia. They speak Ainu languages and they practice Ainu religion. They have their unique architectural patterns which are interesting to learn about. Housing Type Chise   yoheiblog.seesaa.net A traditional Ainu house is called ‘Chise’ and a Ainu village…

Dangerous History: The Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum is located in the city of Abashiri in Hokkaido, Japan. Constructed in the 1890s, it was used as a facility for the incarceration of dangerous criminals and political prisoners. In recent years, it has turned into an open-air museum. Founding Abashiri Prison The story of Abashiri Prison’s founding takes place around 115…

Things to Do In and Around Wakkanai Park, Hokkaido

Wakkanai Kōen (稚内公園) is a large park in the west of the town, which has over 4,000 wild cherry trees. Besides the nature, the park has historical monuments and statues with interesting stories, for example Monument of the Nine Maidens. There are a lot of nice spots around here, you should definitely visit it when…

Discover the untouched beauty of Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

Shiretoko National Park is one of the biggest Japanese natural parks, and is located in Shiretoko Peninsula, the easternmost part of Hokkaido. Up to three fourth of the peninsula are unreachable by land transportation. A lot of flora and fauna can be found in the park, and the best known animal living here is Japan’s…

Countless festivals and sightseeing spots of Otaru, Hokkaido

Otaru is a port city that is facing Ishikari Bay, located in Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, Japan. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations around Hokkaido and is in only 25 minutes of driving from Sapporo. Some attractions such as beautiful canal lined by old warehouses, the lit-up path at night, Herring mansion and…

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! The lavender field is a must-see in Japan! Hokkaido, the north island of Japan, is an amazing place for both tourist…

Learn about the Ainu, the Indigenous Japanese People, at the 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…