The Ainu Museum, Porotokotan in Shiraoi

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 from Ainu language. Visitors can learn the history of...
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Matsumae Sakura Festival Start on April 29 2015

Matsumae Sakura Festival Start on April 29 2015

Matsumae announced Sakura blooming on April 19 and the famous Matsumae Sakura Festival start on April 29. It ends on May 20. There are more than 250 types of Sakura and 10,000 trees in Matsumae. You might find Matsumae like Kyoto walking...
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The Ohfune Ruins

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Hina Doll Festival Tour 2015 in Historical Village of Hokkaido

Hina Doll Festival Tour 2015 in Historical Village of Hokkaido

Historical Village of Hokkaido held Hina doll festival from February 21 to March 21. The event shows 16 sets of Hina dolls made in Taisho era to late Showa era. These are very interesting and valuable items in Hokkaido. Date February...
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Nikka Whisky Factory Tour In Yoichi

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 guide is very nice and interesting....
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The Old Aoyama Villa

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 years old, planed a grandiose...
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Otaru Church

Otaru Church

Otaru Church is located in Touncho, Otaru. It is very near to Suitengu Shrine(水天宮). The church was founded in 1895 and the present building was constructed in 1908 which is designated as a historical building of Otaru city. It is so...
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The Former Russian Consulate

The Former Russian Consulate

The Former Russian Consulate is located in Funami-cho, the the foot of Mt.Hakodate, the west-south ward of Hakodate city. The building is almost on the end of Saiwaizaka slope and you can see a nice view of Hakodate city. Hakodate’s first...
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The Former Yoichi Fukuhara Fishery

The Former Yoichi Fukuhara Fishery

The Former Fukuhara Fishery is located in Hamanakacho, the west-ward of Yoichi town. This is the historical place referring to the history of fishery of Yoichi and Hokkaido from the end of Edo(1800s) period to the early Showa era(1900s). The Former...
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The Former Hakodate Museum No.1&No.2

The Former Hakodate Museum No.1&No.2

The Former Hakodate Museum No.1 and No.2 are the oldest museum made by Western wooden style in Japan. This is designated as Hokkaido tangible cultural property. The museum was built by Hokkaido Kaitakushi, Colonization Commission in 1879. An adviser of...
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Hassoan, Why Does Hassoan Stand here? One of the tea-ceremony/Chanoyu house by Kobori Enshu

Hassoan, Why Does Hassoan Stand here? One of the tea-ceremony/Chanoyu house by Kobori Enshu

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 and several kinds of Japanese culture arose in these...
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Seika-Tei, A Reception Room For Distinguished Guests

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 Commission. The building was designated for a reception ro...
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