Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill, one of the best sightseeing spots in Sapporo

Do you know where this place is? This is Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation hill (札幌羊ケ丘展望台). It is located the center of Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido. You can see great landscapes of vast fields with flocks of sheep and you can have a great view of Ishikari from the top of this hill. In this…

Winter Wonderland: Hokkaido Ice Hotels

How are you feeling? Since summer is already here, you already might be feeling too hot. I like summer, but I do not like days that are too hot. When it is stifling and humid, I start wishing for snow and ice like in winter. So to feel cooler and escape from hot summer days,…

5 Luxury Hotels to Make Your Trip to Sapporo Unforgettable

Where do you want to go this summer? The northern island, Hokkaido is one of the most popular destinations for those who want to escape extremely hot days. In this article, I want to tell you about five luxury hotels in Sapporo, the prefectural capital of Hokkaido. 1. Sapporo Grand Hotel This hotel has the…

Sapporo Summer Festival, Non-Stop Summer Fun!

Sapporo Summer Fest is one of the most popular festivals in Sapporo which attracts more than one million visitors every year. The festival runs about a month from July to August. Many events are held during the festival, such as a Hokkaido Bon Odori dance, the Sapporo Bazaar antique fair, music and Jazz shows, firework…

Feel the Energy of Yosakoi Soran Festival, Sapporo

Yosakoi is an energetic Japanese traditional dance combined with modern music, which is held annually in early June. It is performed in large groups of dancers wearing fascinating colorful costumes (Happi coats and Yukatas predominantly). Naruko, or small wooden clappers are held by each dancer. The first performance was held in the city of Koichi…

Mt. Moiwa, Spectacular Sapporo Sightseeing

Mt. Moiwa (藻岩山 – Moiwa-San) is located in the center of Sapporo at 531 meter altitude. The summit of the mountain is the best sightseeing spot. There is an observation deck there which allows you to have a spectacular view of the city of Sapporo. The deck To get to the summit of the Mt.…

Discover Amazing Nature Around Toya Lake, Sapporo

Toya Lake in the southwestern part of Hokkaido belongs to Shikotsu Toya National Park. This lake is about 71 kilometers square in surface going 10 km east to west, and 9 km south to north. There is an active volcano Mt. Usu nearby which most recent eruption was in 2000. Toya Lake never freezes, even…

Get your souvenir shopping ON in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Visiting a place without buying a souvenir can make you feel that your trip wasn’t complete. In Sapporo, there are many good places to hunt for souvenirs, but some people may not know what shop or mall they should visit. Well, I have some nice information about the shopping places. Pay attention if you visit…

Admiring Human-made Geometry in Moerenuma Park

Moerenuma Park (モエレ沼公園 – Moerenuma Ko-en) is a park in the northeastern part of Sapporo, it’s construction started in 1982 and finished only in 2005. The name “moerenuma” comes from the Ainu word “Moyre pet” which means ‘a slowly flowing river’. The park is 1,89-km square, with 120 playgrounds, about 3,000 cherry trees, and parking…

Hokkaido Shrine Traditional Shinto Festival

Hokkaido Shrine Hokkaido shrine is a Shinto Shrine located in Maruyama area, just after three stops west of Odori(center of Sapporo). Hokkaido shrine was built in 1869. The government abrogated the feudal domain system and replaced it with prefectures to centralize the political authority. Emperor Meiji selected three protecting deities for the shrine from the…