How to enjoy Matsumae-jo seeing Sakura festival in April, The Most Northern Castle in Japan
2024.04.28
Historical Place

How to enjoy Matsumae-jo seeing Sakura festival in April, The Most Northern Castle in Japan

Matsumae Castle is located in Matsumae Town, the southernmost part of Hokkaido, facing Aomori Prefecture across the Tsugaru Strait. In 2015, the new H…Read More

How to enjoy The Sakura Festival in Matsumae town: A Stunning Collaboration of Castles and Cherry Blossoms
2024.04.28
Sakura

How to enjoy The Sakura Festival in Matsumae town: A Stunning Collaboration of Castles and Cherry Blossoms

It's said that there are around 10,000 cherry blossom trees of approximately 250 varieties in Matsumae-jo park. Here in Matsumae town, Early-bloomi…Read More

How to Get to Tobetsu Trappist Monastery, Trappist Butter and Cookies make for great souvenirs.
2024.04.27
Temples/shrines

How to Get to Tobetsu Trappist Monastery, Trappist Butter and Cookies make for great souvenirs.

You can purchase Trappist butter, Trappist candies, and Trappist cookies made at the monastery from the on-site shop. These products have been famous …Read More

Hokkaido Jingu, Hokkaido Shrine in Sapporo
2020.02.11
Temples/shrines

Hokkaido Jingu, Hokkaido Shrine in Sapporo

Hokkaido Jingu is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Sapporo. Located at the west end of downtown Sapporo, called "Maruyama(円山)". About H…Read More

Ryu-unkaku(龍雲閣) in Shizunai, opened in Sakura Festival
2020.01.07
Historical Place

Ryu-unkaku(龍雲閣) in Shizunai, opened in Sakura Festival

Ryu-unkaku(龍雲閣) is located at the end of Nijyukkendoro Sakura Namiki(Cherry-blossoms road). You can park at Ryu-unkaku. Ryu-unkaku is built for Emper…Read More

Bun-kou, Firedog in Otaru
2019.11.12
Historical Place

Bun-kou, Firedog in Otaru

Bun-kou (ぶん公) a dog that was a smart dog like a Hachi-kou (ハチ公) at Shibuya Station. Kou (公) indicates peoples familiarity to their loved one such as I…Read More

Shikinai Odori near Otaru Canal, Otaru
2019.11.05
Historical Place

Shikinai Odori near Otaru Canal, Otaru

This area was called "Wall street of North Japan" in the Taisho and the beginning of Showa era. Otaru had been more thriving city than Sapporo at that…Read More

History of Hokkaido, Ainu Culture Promotion Center, Sapporo Pirka Kotan
2019.10.20
Ainu

History of Hokkaido, Ainu Culture Promotion Center, Sapporo Pirka Kotan

Ainu Culture Promotion Center (Sapporo Pirka Kotan アイヌ文化センター サッポロピリカコタン) is a museum for understanding Ainu culture in Hokkaido. Pirika means beautifu…Read More

Hanada Banya, the biggest lodging house for herring fishermen called ‘Banya’.
2016.08.10
Historical Place

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 m…Read More

How to enjoy Otaru Canal
2016.02.22
Historical Place

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 ricksh…Read More

Hokkaido Museum
2015.10.27
Museum

Hokkaido Museum

Hokkaido museum is dedicated to the history and culture of Hokkaido. You will deeply understand what Hokkaido is. This is the largest museum about Hok…Read More

Yoshitsune Jinjya Shrine
2015.08.23
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 e…Read More

Kayano Shigeru Nibutani Ainu Museum
2015.08.23
Museum

Kayano Shigeru Nibutani Ainu Museum

Kayano Shigeru was one of the leader of Ainu not only Nibutani but also Hokkaido and Japan. He had devoted his life for recovering Ainu's rights as na…Read More

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum
2015.08.23
Museum

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum is one of the most substantial museum for Ainu culture. Nibutani is a sacred place for Ainu and the most famous place for…Read More

How to walk in Mashike town, story1
2015.07.10
City&Town

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 It…Read More

Itsukushima Shrine in Mashike
2015.07.09
Historical Place

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 …Read More

Maruichi Honmake, the former merchant house in Mashike
2015.07.08
Historical Place

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,…Read More

Kawamura Kaneto Ainu Museum, Asahikawa
2015.05.21
Museum

Kawamura Kaneto Ainu Museum, Asahikawa

Kawamura kaneto Ainu Museum is a private museum for Ainu culture since 1916. This is the oldest and historical museum about Ainu. You can deeply under…Read More

How to walk in Matsumae
2015.05.17
Historical Place

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 t…Read More

Otokoyama Sake Brewery and Sake Museum in Asahikawa
2015.05.13
Factory Tour

Otokoyama Sake Brewery and Sake Museum in Asahikawa

This is called 'Sugitama(杉玉)' or 'Sakabayashi(酒林)'. It is made by leafs of Japanese cedars. When the brewery has made a new Sake, they are supposed t…Read More