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  • Mt.Iwaonupuri (Niseko mountain range), Light trekking with family. - Mt.Iwaonupuri, 1116m, is located at the Niseko mountain range. This is an active volcano then its top is uncovered with plants has two crators. You can access to the entrance, Goshiki Onsen, by car or bus. There are two parking areas. You can have some information for route and condition...
  • Climbing Mt.Hakkenzan in Sapporo - Mt.Hakkenzan(八剣山) is a small mountain(498m) located in the south of Sapporo, near Jozankei Hot Spa. The mountain is formally named Mt.Kan-non-iwa-yama(観音岩山). Hakken means eight swords in Japanese and the name of Mt.Hakkenzan is derived from its shape. It is a hard climbing even though its height and climbing time. You...
  • Climbing the Kamuiwakka Hot Falls, Kamuiwakka-Yu-no-taki - Kamuiwakka hot falls, called Kamuiwakka-yu-no-taki(カムイワッカ湯の滝) is located in the center of Shiretoko national park. The falls comes from the mountainside of Mt.Iouzan which is an active volcano. The river is as hot as a spring, approximately 30 centi degree, not so hot. You can climb the falls called Ichi-no-taki, means...
  • Find International ATM Service by JAPAN POST BANK App - Want to find ATM?  Get the JAPAN POST BANK ATM Finder app. The only thing you have to remember traveling in Japan is that you can find a Japan Post Bank wherever you go any small town or other rural areas. Japan Postal Banks are there and they have an...
  • Shiretoko Cruising - Foods, Wild Nature, Mount Climbing, Treking etc,. There are many things to enjoy Shiretoko. But there is a thing I want to do, Shiretoko Cruising. It is a tour to see Shiretoko peninsula by a small cruiser. I want to see the top of Shiretoko peninsula at least once of...

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival 2016 opens on 5th February

All sites has been already in ready. Tsudome site where you can enjoy several huge snow sliders, extends its session more 7 days than usual. The weather is going to be nice, which means cold and chilly, so that snow stat...

Ceremony for Making Snow Statues of Sapporo Snow Festival on...

This is the event for starting making snow statues of Sapporo Snow Festival. From 7th to 15th Jan, 32,500 tons of snow are carried from the suburbs of Sapporo city to the venues of Odori Park. The ceremony is held at Odo...

Let’s Go to Local Food Booths in Sapporo Snow Festival...

There are many local food booths in Odori venues in Sapporo Snow Festival 2015. Recently number of snow or ice statues is declining year by year due to withdrawal of sponsors. Hokkaido economy has been weak for a decade,...

Repeated Event Schedule of Odori in Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

Light up Event & Projection Mapping: Everyday Odori 2 Chome Projection Mapping: Breath of Thoroughbred 17:30 – 22:00 3 minutes movie per every 10 minutes Lights & Sound Show 17:30 – 21:35 every 30 min...

The 43rd International Snow Sculpture Contest 2016

International Snow Sculpture Contest, Odori 11 chome, has been completed on Sunday, 7th February 2016.  The level and skill of each team is pretty high. There are many visitors around the snow sculpture. The weather was...

Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens in Sapporo...

A Coming new movie, Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens has emarged as a huge snow statue in Sapporo Snow Festival 2015. This is a kind of the commercial event for the new movie coming in this winter, Decem...

Wild Nature

Backcountry Ski in Mt.Tokachidake Range

Backcountry Ski in Mt.Tokachidake Range

When it comes to lavender, you would be reminded of Furano city. That’s right, but Kamifurano is also popular for lavender, beautiful hills...
Noboribetsu Virgin Forest

Noboribetsu Virgin Forest

The area around Jigokudani was designated as national natural treasure in 1924. There is walking road and you will see wild nature’s life...
Wild and Luxury Hot Spa: How to Enjoy Onsen Around Lake Shikotsuko

Wild and Luxury Hot Spa: How to Enjoy...

It is surrounded by three volcanos and that means this place is a hot spa area. So there are many Onsens around Lake...
Mt.Asahidake, the highest mountain in Hokkaido vol.1

Mt.Asahidake, the highest mountain in Hokkaido vol.1

The day 11 in July, I went to Mt.Asahidake. Asahidake is the highest mountain in Hokkaido, and also a volcano observed by the Meteorological Agency. It...
Sapporo Jozankei Nature Village, Wild Camping and Enjoy Whole Nature in Sapporo

Sapporo Jozankei Nature Village, Wild Camping and Enjoy...

Sapporo Jozankei Nature Village is located in Houheikyo, the south of Sapporo, where is called Jozankei. Jozankei is the famous Hot Spa risort...
Chitose & Shikotsuko Waving Ice Festival 2015

Chitose & Shikotsuko Waving Ice Festival 2015

There are many ice objects, small and huge, which are made with water from Lake Shikotsuko. They are shining with blue in the...

Temples / Shrines

Hatsumoude(初詣) where to go, The first shrine visit of New...

Hokkaido Shrine(北海道神宮), Sapporo Googlemaps => https://goo.gl/maps/k8XLI Near subway station: Maruyama Zoo on Tozai line see this article, Hokkaido Jingu, Hokkaido Shrine(北海道神宮), Sapporo S...
Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church

Hakodate Orthodox Church(函館ハリストス正教会)

Hakodate Orthodox Church is the first one of the Orthodox Church in Japan founded in 1859 by the Russian Consulate. The former church was burned down in 1907 and the existing building, built in 1916.

Maruyama Hachijyu Hakkasho: Urban Virgin Forest in Sapporo

Maruyama Hachijyu-Hakkasho(円山八十八カ所) is a pilgrimage round like the celebrated 88 Buddhist temples in Shikoku. There are many Jizo(bodhisattvas) on the way to the top of Mt.Maruyama instead of temp...

Visit to Hokkaido Jingu before Maruyama Zoo

There are many people visiting local shrine on New Year’s Days. In Hokkaido Jingu, there are many temporary booths alongside the roads to Main building. They deals foods and drinks usually called ‘A...

Motomachi Roman Catholic Church in Hakodate Motomachi Area

Motomachi Roman Catholic Church is located in the foot of Mt.Hakodate, Hakodate Motomachi area. The former temporary building was founded by French Father, Eugène-Emmanuel Mermet-Cachon in 1859. After that, th...

Kotoni Jinjya/Shrine

Kotoni Jinjya/shrine(琴似神社) is located in Kotoni area, west of Sapporo. The shrine was established by the gift from Watari Date, one of the feudal lord of Sendai-han in 1870. After that, it was named T...

Historical Place

Matsumae house

This is a theme park about Matsumae in the Edo era. You can experience the old Matsumae town and cultures. There are 14 buildings that open to public. Kimono dress-up is available for a charge, also other even...

Otaru Church

Otaru Church is located in Touncho, Otaru. It is very near to Suitengu Shrine(水天宮). The church was founded in 1895 and the present building was constructed in 1908 which is designated as a historical buil...
former soma company

Soma Company Building

Soma Company building(相馬株式会社) is located near Bay Area, just opposite Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples. This was built in 1913 and has Renaissance like architectural style. Soma Company bui...

How to walk in Matsumae

Matsumae(松前) is one of the oldest town in Hokkaido. The Matsumae family(松前藩) had ruled before the Meiji era. When you reach to Matsumae, you may go to the Matsumae house(松前藩屋敷). It is locat...
Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church

Hakodate Orthodox Church(函館ハリストス正教会)

Hakodate Orthodox Church is the first one of the Orthodox Church in Japan founded in 1859 by the Russian Consulate. The former church was burned down in 1907 and the existing building, built in 1916.

Maruichi Honmake, the former merchant house in Mashike

Maruichi Honmake had a great deal of influence from Meiji to the middle of Showa era. The founder, Taizo Honma was managing a general store from 1875, but it was burned down in 1880 and he lost everything. S...