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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

How to get to Tsudome Site, Sapporo Snow Festival 2016

Tsudome site is for family and children. There are snow slopes and tube sliders for playing in snow. A big restrooms, food booth and playing square are available. This is really nice and fun for kids and adults. There is...

Making Sapporo Snow Festival 2016 in Progress

Today, 15 Jan 2016, Sapporo Snow Festival 2016 has been under construction. It starts from 5 Feb and ends on 11 Feb or 18 Feb in Tsudome site. We are going to show you Odori site now in progress. 4Cho-me site, Shingeki n...

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...
Odori Park

Sapporo Snow Festival, the biggest festival in winter

Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the most biggest one in Sapporo through the year. Not only in Sapporo, Also all over the world, this is the most biggest festival in the winter presenting a lot of snow or ice statues. Mor...

Repeated Event Schedule of Tsudome in Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

Yokai Watch Japanyan Charactors Show: Free February 7 11:30 14:30   NHK Yukinko Festa: Free February 8 10:00 – 16:00 NHK famous TV program for little kids, Play with Wan Wan and Domo-kun charactors Show BS p...

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

Autumn Leaves Coming to Taisetsuzan, Sounkyo, Asahikawa

Autumn Leaves Coming to Taisetsuzan, Sounkyo, Asahikawa

When it comes to the first autumn leaves, it is the Taisetsuzan range in Hokkaido. The highest mountain, Mt.Asahidake to Mt.Kurodake in Hokkaido,...
Ohyunuma river natural hot spa

Ohyunuma river natural hot spa

Hot spa water from Ohyunuma pond and Taisho Jigoku pond are mixed together to the Ohyunuma river. You can have a foot bath at...
Mt.Asahidake, climbing the top, the highest mountain in Hokkaido vol.2

Mt.Asahidake, climbing the top, the highest mountain in...

Leaving Sugatami station, I walked to Sugatami no Ike(姿見の池) through the right side footpath. It takes 30 minutes. You can chose two walking...
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...
Botanic Garden, Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University

Botanic Garden, Field Science Center for Northern Biosphere,...

This is the largest Garden in the urban area of Sapporo. It has remained as primeval forest. You can enjoy to have a...
Kamuiwakka Hot Spring Falls(カムイワッカ湯の滝)

Kamuiwakka Hot Spring Falls(カムイワッカ湯の滝)

Hot spring water comes from Mt.Shiretoko-Iwozan, an active volcano, flowing into the Kamui-wakka River, so that it is the hot spring river.

Temples / Shrines

Sapporo Gokoku Jinjya [Shrine]

Sapporo Gokoku Jinjya is located in the south of Sapporo Central Area, near Nakajima Park, just south-ward. The shrine is a place in which to worship Tondenhei soldiers living in Sapporo at the Meiji era who di...

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...

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...

Yuzawa Jinjya Shrine

Yuzawa Jinjya/Shrine is located near Daiichi Takimoto Onsen Hotel, just before the entrance of Jigokudani. It is said that the shrine was built by Kinzo Takimoto who dedicated his life for developing hot spa o...

Ryugu Jinjya Shrine, Otaru

Ryugu Jinjya is located in Inaho west of Otaru station, which takes 10 minutes walking. It was originally built in 1869 by Buyo Enomoto for keeping peace of Hokkaido. After that, the present shrine was built h...
Koryuji Sanmon

Koryu-ji Temple in Hakodate

Koryu-ji Temple(高龍寺) is located in the foot of Mt.Hakodate and near Hakodate fishing port, the north-west side of Mt.Hakodate. The temple is the oldest existing one in Hakodate.  The main gate is outstan...

Historical Place

Itsukushima Shrine in Mashike

It is said that the shrine was founded by Matsumae clan in 1704 – 1711. This is one of the oldest shrine in Hokkaido. It has beautiful and excellent engravings aroud the buildings.

The Former Soma Residence

The Former Soma Residence is located in Motomachi next to Motomachi Park and upper site next to the Former British Consulate. Teppei Soma (相馬哲平), the founder of the residence, who was from Echigo in th...
Goryokaku tower

Hakodate Goryokaku(函館五稜郭): Historical place and Outstanding Shape

Goryokaku is one of the most important historical place in the Meiji era. Boshin War and Hakodate War took place here. Buyo Enomoto and Toshizo Hijikata fought the last battle with their Shinsengumi troops;

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...
Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples

Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples

Hakodate City Museum of Northern Peoples(函館市北方民族資料館) is located in Bay Area, just next Soma Company Building. The collections of the museum are dedicated by Osamu Baba and Sakuemon Kodama w...
Nikka Whiskey

Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery, Yoichi-cho

This is located in the city of Yoichi, the west of Otaru, 70 min from Sapporo. This is worth visiting. The founder, Masataka Taketsuru started to make products of whisky branded Nikka before World War II. Nikka...