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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: Odori 1 Chome – 4 Chome

Odori 1 Chome J:COM Square A Skate Rink with a big tree for little children to adults. The Center Tree and TV Tower are lighten up at night. This was very nice and popular attraction last year and come back again. Odori ...

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...

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...

Susukino Ice Sculptures Melted and Destroyed

Due to yesterday’s warm temperature, February 8, 12 ice sculptures melted and they were destroyed by official for keeping visitor safe. This is very few happening for Sapporo Snow Festival to destroy objects during...

Feb 10: Event Schedule of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015

February 10: Odori Venues 1 Chome U.S. Army Forces Comfort Live 11:00 – 11:30 Anpanman Show by Nittere Plus 12:00 – 12:30 15:30 – 16:00 Hiroko Sato Live 17:00 – 17:30 Adoresense Live 18:30 &#821...

Big Snow Statues of Sapporo Snow Festival 2015 in progress

Sapporo Snow Festival will start from 5 February. Some of statues have emerged from massive snow. This is one of the interesting point of view of Sapporo Snow Festival. You will see them from Odori 2 Chome to 10 Chome. ...

Wild Nature

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,...
Unkai terrace in Tomamu Resort

Unkai terrace in Tomamu Resort

Unkai means a sea of clouds. Tomamu town is famous for its Unkai view. Before 5 o’clock, many people get together at the cablecar station...
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...
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...
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...
Shiretoko National Park Nature Center

Shiretoko National Park Nature Center

The Shiretoko Nature Center is the gateway to Shiretoko National Park which is located at the fork to the Shiretoko Goko Lake and...

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 ...

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 ...

Sumiyoshi Jinjya Shrine, Otaru

Sumiyoshi Jinjya is the largest shrine in Otaru city. Many visitors go to the shrine for a new year. Sumiyoshi Jinjya shrine office is a historical building designated by Otaru city. The shrine had started abou...
Ohta_jinjya

Ohta Jinjya Shrine, Not Mountain Climbing, but Ascetic Practices

Ohta Jinjya Shrine is located in Setana, the south-west of Hokkaido Japan. It is said that the shrine was built between 1441 to 1443. This is the oldest shrine in Hokkaido.
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...

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

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.
Tanuki koji

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade, The oldest shopping mall in Sapporo

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade(狸小路商店街) is a roofed shopping arcade located between Odori and Susukino, Sapporo. We are used to call Tanukikoji. From the west side of the Sosei river to the west 7 chome,...

The Ainu Museum, Porotokotan in Shiraoi

The museum is showing some houses called ‘Chise’ and displaying many traditional Ainu equipments in the building. Ainu is indigenous people of Hokkaido and most names of place in Hokkaido derives fr...
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...
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...
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...