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

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

Banya (番屋) is known as the herring fishermen’s house in Hokkaido, especially Japan-Sea side area of Hokkaido. From the end of Edo era(1800s) to the middle of Showa era(1950s), plenty of herring had been caught every year. Herring was one of the major...
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How to enjoy Otaru Canal

How to enjoy Otaru Canal

Rickshaw around Otaru Canal Kotaro is a rookie rickshaw driver. But he has been getting famous thanks to a local TV program, which showed some rickshaw drivers at Otaru Canal.  He is shy but have a great passion for showing visitors nice places...
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A Big X’mas Tree 2015 in Sapporo Factory

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 Obihiro city. Lightening-up hour is from 16:00 –.....
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Nibutani Dam and Historical Museum of the Sarugawa River

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 people not only Ainu also other...
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How to walk in Mashike town, story1

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. Driving to Mashike, It takes 2 hours and 20 minutes fro...
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Itsukushima Shrine in Mashike

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.
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Kunimare, the northernmost sake brewery

Kunimare, the northernmost sake brewery

Kunimare is the northernmost Sake Brewery in Japan. It is located in Mashike town, south of Rumoi city, 20 minutes by car. Kunimare was founded by Taizo Honma who was from Sado, Niigata prefecture, the founder of Maruichi Honma that deal...
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Maruichi Honmake, the former merchant house in Mashike

Maruichi Honmake, the former merchant house in Mashike

Maruichi Honmake had a great deal of influence from Meiji to the middle of Showa era. The founder, Taizo Honma was managing a general store from 1875, but it was burned down in 1880 and he lost everything. Soon after that, he immediately...
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How to walk in Matsumae

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 located in the north of Matsumae Park(松前公園). Ma...
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Beautiful town Esashi keeping on good old day’s style

Beautiful town Esashi keeping on good old day’s style

The good old route called ‘Inishie Kaido(いにしえ街道)’ attracts visitors by its beautiful style of old town as the Edo period. Esashi is one of the oldest town like Matsumae, so that there are some old house and buildings in former times. ...
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Matsumaejo, Matsumae Castle, The Most Northan Castle in Japan

Matsumaejo, Matsumae Castle, The Most Northan Castle in Japan

Matsumae-jo(castle) is located in Matsumae town, the most southern Hokkaido, facing to Aomori prefecture over Tsugaru straits. Now, The new Shinkansen Line called ‘Hokkaido Shinkansen’, will be opened in 2015 from Aomori to Shin-Hakodate. There is ...
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Matsumae house

Matsumae house

This is a theme park about Matsumae in the Edo era. You can experience the old Matsumae town and cultures. There are 14 buildings that open to public. Kimono dress-up is available for a charge, also other events and crafts for...
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