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  • 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...
  • Winter Activities in Sapporo Satoland - Sapporo Satoland is located in Okadama, north-east of Sapporo city, south-west of Moere Park. It is the theme park about agriculture. There are many experiential and educational programs such as making butter, Tofu, sausage, Miso and so on. In the winter, out-door activities are held in the park which are...

Sapporo Snow Festival

Feb 8: Event Schedule of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

February 8: Odori Venues 1 Chome Snow Museum Live 17:00 – 19:00 Kenichi Mikawa Special Stage by Kayo Pops Channel 19:30 – 20:00   2 Chome Hirosaki City Apple Promotion 10:30 – 11:00 14:30 – ...
Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

66th Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

2015 Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from Feb, 5 to 11 in three venue, Odori, Tsudome and Susukino. Official Committee is recruiting several kinds of volunteer staff such as making a big snow statue. Foreign people i...

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,...

Go Tsudome Site for Fantastic Winter Activities in Sapporo Snow...

If you feel that it is boring nothing but watching snow statue in Odori Park, you should go to Tsudome site. This is so fun! Not only kids but also grown-ups can make themselves so happy. There are many attractions such ...

Feb 7: Event Schedule of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

February 7: Odori Venues 1 Chome Yokai Watch by Kids Station HD 11:00 – 11:30 15:30 – 16:00 Domo-kun Show by NHK 12:00 – 12:30 Fighters Event by GAORA Sports HD 13:00 – 13:30 A応P Live by AT...
Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

Sapporo Snow Festival FAQ

Q: When will the festival start? A:It will start on 5th February 2015 and ends on 11th Feb. It is held for a week. Most of all snow statues and sculptures are completed a week ago, but you can’t enter over the fen...

Wild Nature

Shinsen-numa, where Gods and immortals exist, in Kyowa-cho

Shinsen-numa, where Gods and immortals exist, in Kyowa-cho

In the midst of Jun, there are the remaining snow in the faraway mountain, Mt.Chisenupuri, that is a volcano which is located in...
Sarobetsu Plain

Sarobetsu Plain

Sarobetsu Plain is located in Toyotomi town and Toyotomi town,  northwestern Hokkaido. The Marsh was registered as Ramsar Site in 2005. Sarobetsu Plain...
Hoheikyo Dam: Autumn leaves, Jozankei in Sapporo

Hoheikyo Dam: Autumn leaves, Jozankei in Sapporo

Hoheikyo Dam is located in Jozankei, Minami-ku, Sapporo and one of the most famous sightseeing place in Sapporo. It was built at the...
Rishiri Island, Enjoy Beautiful Sea and Foods

Rishiri Island, Enjoy Beautiful Sea and Foods

When it comes to visiting Hokkaido in summer, you have to go to Rishiri and Rebun island. I bet that it never let...
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...
Oshinkoshin-no-taki Waterfall in Shiretoko

Oshinkoshin-no-taki Waterfall in Shiretoko

This is well known as 'the twin beauties' fall', due to folking into two parts on the half-way down. You'll see the exciting...

Temples / Shrines

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...
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.

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 ‘...
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...

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.

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...

Historical Place

Clock Tower

One of the three major disappoint place in Japan, Clock...

Called 'Tokeidai'(時計台), it is located in the center of Sapporo, near Odori Koen Park, N1W2, Chuo-ku. This is the National important cultural asset. The style of building derives from American design and i...
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 ...
Sapporo Ramen Yokocho

Aji-no-Sanpei Who retains Traditional Taste as Sapporo Ramen

Sapporo Ramen, basically miso-based soup, is famous all over Japan. There are many Ramen noodle restaurants in Sapporo. You don't know where you should go. Neither do I! It is too many to go! But, I am sure, th...
Pouring Beer

How To Pour A Delicious Sapporo Beer Instructed by Sapporo...

Do you know how to pour a delicious beer from a can beer? When it comes to drink a beer, you don't care about it. Neither do I. But, you should know that, when you visit to Sapporo Beer Museum. A little tip mak...

Hanada Banya, the biggest lodging house for herring fishermen called...

mash-pan

This is not an Unidentified Flying Object

When you go to Sapporo Beer Garden, you'll look at the Big Pan like a UFO. But it's not one. This is a Beer Brewing Kettle(Mash pan). According to the guide panel in Sapporo Beer Garden;