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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 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...

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...

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,...

Susukino Site, Susukino Ice World 2015 in Sapporo Snow Festival...

The main theme is ‘Enjoying Ice’. There are many ice sculptures, from big scale to small scale. Competition works are also displayed which is very nice and incredible technique you find. There is a special s...

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. ...

Thailand Team Got The First Prize in The 42nd International...

Unique theme and exciting expression brought Thailand team the first prize. The title is ‘The Ubiquitous TUK-TUK’. TUK-TUK is the symbol of Thai ingenuity and artistry. TUK-TUK is one of the most popular tra...

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...
Maruyama Hachijyu Hakkasho: Urban Virgin Forest in Sapporo

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...
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...
Last 3 days Chitose Shikotsuko Hyoto Festival 2015

Last 3 days Chitose Shikotsuko Hyoto Festival 2015

Chitose Shikotsuko Hyoto(Ice) Festival will be closed on February 22. The color of ice made with water of Lake.Shikotsuko is more fantastic than...
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...
Mt.Kurodake, one of the Daisetsu mountain range where Gods are playing, called Kamui Mintara

Mt.Kurodake, one of the Daisetsu mountain range where...

23 September 2015 was the best day for climbing Mt.Kurodake. Mt.Kurodake is located in the area of Sounkyo hot spa. This is one...

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 ...

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.

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...

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...

Hakodate Episcopal Church of Japan

Hakodate Episcopal Church of Japan (函館聖ヨハネ教会) is located just next to Hakodate Orthodox Church (函館ハリストス教会) over Daisansaka slope. The church was founded by a priest Denning in ...

Historical Place

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.

A Big X’mas Tree 2015 in Sapporo Factory

Sapporo Factory’s Big Christmas Tree has been displayed in Atrium which is the symbolic zone of Sapporo Factory. The tree was donated by Hiro-o Santa land, Hiro-o town, the east-south Hokkaido near Obihir...

The Old Aoyama Villa

The old Aoyama Villa is located in Shukutsu, west of Otaru near Otaru Aquarium. This is a symbol of herring fishing. When the 2nd Aoyama family, Masakichi were thinking about the villa, his daughter Masae, 17 ...
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.
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 ...
Seikatei

Seika-Tei, A Reception Room For Distinguished Guests

Seika-Tei(清華亭) is located in the west-ward of Sapporo station, just south of Hokkaido University. It was constructed in Kairakuen, the first urban park of Sapporo city by Kaitakushi, Colonization Commissi...