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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

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: Odori 9 Chome – 12 Chome

Odori 9 Chome Citizen Square: Ban-ei Race and Model Barn Ban-ei Race is a kind of hourse racing which is held in Obihiro city, Hokkaido. The horses used in the races are crosses of Percheron, Breton, and Belgian breeds. ...

Snow Miku in Odori 10 Chome

Snow Miku was expressed as a relief sculpture in this year due to last year’s unsuccessful experience. Warm weather condition had made Snow Miku’s head fall down, which had a huge head supported only skinny...

Feb 6: Event Schedule of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

February 6: Odori Venues 1 Chome Thomas and Friends Character event by Cartoon NetworkHD 11:00 – 11:30 14:30 – 15:00 Ultra Hero Show by Channel NECO-HD in JCOM Square 13:00 – 13:30 15:30 – 16:00...

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...
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

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,...
Uryunuma Marsh, the paradise of alpine plants

Uryunuma Marsh, the paradise of alpine plants

Uryunuma Marsh is located in the Shokanbetsu Teuri Yagishiri semi-National Park(暑寒別天売焼尻国定公園), the northwest of Hokkaido, the foot of Mt.Minami-Shokanbetsu-Dake(南暑寒別岳). This is one of...
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.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes

Shiretoko Goko Lakes

Shiretoko Goko Lakes is one of the wildest and untouched lakes in Japan. Goko means five lakes, so Shiretoko Goko Lakes contains five lakes,...
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...
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...

Temples / Shrines

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.

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 Mashike town, story1

Mashike is a small town but one of the most flourished and historical place in northern-Hokkaido. Maruichi Honmake, Kunimare Sake Brewery, Mashike Itsukushima Shrine, these are valuable historical places. Drivi...

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...
Gokokujinjya

Hakodate Gokoku Jinjya Shrine

The Shrine was originally constructed in 1869 in order to warship soldiers died for Hakodate War. The existent building was built in 1942. There are about 50 graves of soldies of the Meiji Government. Lookin...

Shomyoji Temple

Shomyoji(称名寺) is located in Funami-cho, the south-west of Hakodate. Near Koryuji and the former Russian Consulate, Shomyoji is the 2nd oldest temple next to Koryuji in Hakodate. It is said that a priest n...

Historical Place

Hakodate Bugyo sho

Hakodate Magistrate’s Office (函館奉行所/Hakodate Bugyosho)

Hakodate Bugyosho(函館奉行所) refers to Hakodate Magistrate's Office, which was settled by the Edo Shogunate in 1864, when Goryokaku was built at the same time. This was the base of Hokkaido defense.
#9643

The Old Good Days’ Black Heavy Machine: The Steam Locomotive...

The Steam Locomotive #9643 The series of #9600 had been made by Kawasaki Zosen-jo(docyard) for 14 years from 1913, those amount were 770 locomotives.
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...

Nikka Whisky Factory Tour In Yoichi

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, is the leading person of Japanese Whisky. He studied abroad to Scotland for making whisky. This is the first factory he built in Japan. The factory tour with a...
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...
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;