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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

Yuki Toro(雪灯路) 2015 in Jozankei Hot Spring

This is a Snow candle Event called ‘Yuki Toro’ held at Jozankei Jinjya, Jozankei Hot Spring from 2 – 8 February 2015. 2,000 ice candles are waiting for visitors. The event is a related event of Sapporo...

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...

Feb 5: Event Schedule of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

February 5: Odori Venues 1 Chome Thomas and Friends Character event by Cartoon NetworkHD 13:00 – 13:30 15:30 – 16:00 Skate lesson by Akiko Suzuki in JCOM Square 14:30 – 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 Stage ...

Feb 11: Event Schedule of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

February 11: Odori Venues 1 Chome Mask Rider(仮面ライダー) Drive Show 12:00 – 12:30 15:30 – 16:00 Ranbyoushi Japanese Drums & Flute Stage Live 13:30 – 14:00 BEE SHUFFLE by DATV 17:00 – ...

Susukino Site Ice statues in Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

There are many ice sculputures in Susukino site of Sapporo Snow Festival. It takes 10 minutes walking from Odori site. Of course, you may take a subway, Nanboku line to Susukino. Susukino is the most popular entertainmen...

Winter Sports Festa 2015 in Mt.Okurayama

This is a relational event of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015. The event is held at Mt.Okurayama Jump Stadium. You can enter and slide on the landing-slope of Jump stadium, which is usually prohibited for entering and slidin...

Wild Nature

Climbing Mt.Hakkenzan in Sapporo

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...
Kokenodomon

Kokenodomon

Kokenodomon(苔の洞門) is located in the southward of Lake Shikotsu-ko. It has been familiar for people to come because of constructing a road from Lake...
Shiretoko Pass(知床峠)

Shiretoko Pass(知床峠)

Route 334 is called Shiretoko connection road between Rausu and Utoro. Shiretoko Pass is located the middle of the road on the south-ward...
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,...
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.
Frepe Waterfall in Shiretoko

Frepe Waterfall in Shiretoko

There is no river with this fall. Melting snow becomes water flowing underground from Shiretoko mountain range, which is flowing from cracks of...

Temples / Shrines

Yoshitsune Jinjya Shrine

Yoshitsune Jinjya Shrine derives from Minamoto no Yoshitsune(源義経), who was the younger brother of Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first Shogun of Kamakura era from 1192 to 1199. Yoshitsune was very popular and ...

Suitengu Shrine, Otaru

Suitengu was originally built in 1859. The present building was built in 1919, which is connected with three buildings called ‘Honden=main building’, ‘Chuden=middle building’ and ‘...

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...

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.

Higashihonganji-Temple Hakodate Branch

Higashihonganji-Temple Hakodate Branch(東本願寺函館別院) is located in Motomachi area, the foot of Mt.Hakodate. When you go to Hakodate Orthodox Church and look down Bay Area, you will see a big tiled r...

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...

Historical Place

Hasso-an

Hassoan, Why Does Hassoan Stand here? One of the tea-ceremony/Chanoyu...

When it comes to the tee-ceremony(茶の湯), I am one less than novice. But I love to look at the tee-ceremony houses, especially in Kyoto. There are many temples which were built in the age of Fujiwara era an...

Matsumae Sakura Festival Start on April 29 2015

Matsumae announced Sakura blooming on April 19 and the famous Matsumae Sakura Festival start on April 29. It ends on May 20. There are more than 250 types of Sakura and 10,000 trees in Matsumae. You might find ...

Nibutani Dam and Historical Museum of the Sarugawa River

Nibutani Dam is located in Nibutani, Biratori town. The dam has controversial history for its construction.  Nibutani is the sacred place for Ainu and Nibutani Dam has to cover almost their holly land , so pe...
Bottles and a sign

How Was The Japan’s First Beer Made?: Exploring Sapporo Beer...

When you come to Sapporo, you are supposed to drink some beers. Maybe, Sapporo Beer? If you love it, you should go to Sapporo Beer Museum. If you don't like it, still, you should go there and you'll love it, I ...
Former Hakodate branch office of Hokkaido Government

The Former Hakodate Branch Office of Hokkaido Government / Museum...

The Former Hakodate Branch Office of Hokkaido Government(旧北海道函館支庁庁舎) is located in Motomachi Park, below the former Public Hall of Hakodate Ward(旧函館区公会堂). This historic build...
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;