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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Hokkaido Jingu, Hokkaido Shrine, Sapporo

Hokkaido Jingu, Hokkaido Shrine, Sapporo

Hokkaido Jingu is one of the most famous sightseeing spot in Sapporo. Hokkaido Jingu, Hokkaido Shrine is located at the west end of downtown Sapporo where is called 'Maruyama', a gently-sloping hill. Walking to the end of the path, an open space will appea...
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Hokkaido 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 Hokkaido’s history and nature.  The museum is located in the east of Sapporo City, called ‘Nopporo'(...
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Sapporo Pirka Kotan: Ainu Culture Promotion Center

Sapporo Pirka Kotan: Ainu Culture Promotion Center

Sapporo Pirka Kotan is called Ainu Culture Promotion Center that shows what Ainu culture is. The museum has two facilities. One is inside exhibition displaying several Ainu items for their life such as clothes, house ware and hunting. Another exhibition...
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Yoshitsune Jinjya Shrine

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 had a superior talent for battle, so his...
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Kayano Shigeru Nibutani Ainu 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 natives in Hokkaido. He was the first member of National Diet as Ainu from...
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Nibutani Ainu Culture 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 Ainu culture because of its history and place. You might deeply understand what...
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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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Kawamura Kaneto Ainu Museum, Asahikawa

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 understand Ainu culture to visit here. This is the place where real Ainu culture is...
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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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Otokoyama Sake Brewery and Sake Museum in Asahikawa

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 to hang a new green Sigitama for noticing it. Also the color of Sugitama is cha...
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