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Hokkaido Articles

The German Christmas Market in Sapporo

German Christmas Market Enjoy a little bit of Europe in Sapporo this Christmas holiday. The German Christmas Market in Sapporo is an even held every year from the end of November until Christmas Eve. It started in 2002 for the 30th anniversary of Sapporo and

Why Noboribetsu MUST Be On Your Hokkaido Itinerary

 Beautiful almost every season, this article will explain why your next Japan adventure should be in Hokkaido and more specifically, Noboribetsu. Noboribetsu Noboribetsu is located on the southern part of Hokkaido but in a very convenient location only 70km (5

Daisetsuzan National Park: Lake Shikaribetsu

Most of Daisetsuzan National park is located in northern Hokkaido but a sliver of it resides in eastern Hokkaido. That sliver is Lake Shikaribetsu. It is located north of Obihiro city in Shikaoi. You can get there by bus (from Obihiro Station or Shikaoi) and b

Eastern Hokkaido: Kushiro Shitsugen National Park

Kushiro Shitsugen National Park  DSC02988.jpg 15.61 MB Kushiro Shitsugen National Park contains Japan’s largest marsh, and was the first area to become a national park in Japan.  Come here to enjoy the winding river and Japan’s famous Red-crowned crane. There

Eastern Hokkaido: Akan-Mashu National Park

The Akan-Mashu National Park encompasses 3 lakes in Hokkaido. They are Lake Akan, Lake Kussharo, and Lake Mashu. These 3 lakes were created by calderas and as such are surrounded by hot spring towns. Lake AkanDJI_0008-Pano-Edit.jpg 11.49 MB               Lake

10 Things to see in Hakodate

If you hear about Hokkaido you will mostly think about the beautiful nature, good food and its biggest city Sapporo. But there is a second big city south of Hokkaido close to Aomori. Hakodate is a nice fishing city with an very old charm.  From Tokyo you can r

Hokkaido Shinkansen

IntroductionOn March 26th, 2016, history was made as Japan connected all of its 4 major islands by bullet train (shinkansen). Service from Tokyo to Hakodate runs 10 round trips per day. The Hokkaido Shinkansen has launched the last leg of the connecting servic

The First Impression of Hokkaido

Hokkaido, the “dō” in the Japanese administrative divisions commonly referred to as to-dō-fu-ken, takes up the entire Northern Island and is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. Hokkaido is a mysterious natural island, and immersing

Hokkaido—Classic Itinerary

Hokkaido is vast in territory, and it is recommended that Sapporo be the focus of your first classic trip. It can be a three- or four-day tour of sightseeing and shopping. Sapporo is also the most convenient starting point if you wish to visit other areas of H

The Best Travelling Seasons in Hokkaido

Though each of the four seasons in Hokkaido brings its own unique characteristics, the summer and winter landscapes are the most splendid. As a result, summer and winter are peak tourist seasons resulting in higher flight ticket and hotel costs, and so it is s

北海道是日本最北部的島嶼,佔有全日本五分之一的土地面積,但是人口密度極大,人口數只有東京的一半。作為一個冰雪王國,它給人的感覺就像一個''硬漢''。每年雪季結束後,它就慢慢的淡出人們的視線,好像在大家的心裡,它只與雪有關。為了證明''硬漢''也有柔情的一面,一個紫色的海洋就在這裡誕生了。今天我們就去了解一下這個被稱為紫色海洋的花田北海道富田農場。Photo by Alex Hamilton via Flickr富田農場坐落於北海道空知郡中富良野町,是一個種植有百餘種花卉的大型農場。富田農場從建場至今,已由當初的單一

Tours & Tastings in Hokkaido

When you tour Hokkaido, it's easy to understand why Japan's largest island and prefecture is widely known for its delicious foods including milk, ice cream, seafood, ramen, melons, and much, much more. In and around Sapporo, the capital and largest city in Hok

The Bullet Train To Hokkaido!

March 26 might just seem like a regular day for the uninitiated or the casual traveler. But, for those who live to ride the rails, March 26 is a historic day indeed. Once again, Japan is about to achieve a milestone in its rich history of leading the world in

Rocking the 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival

They're heeeerrrree! Well not quite yet, but they're coming! Say what? The giant, larger-than-life snow sculptures, the featured attractions at the Sapporo Snow Festival 2016 Beautiful snow sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival from Flickr cc by hirotomo t

Remembering the 2015 Sapporo Snow Fest

by Odigo Contributor KIRSTY BOUWERS First posted in February 2015. Updated January 12th, 2016 The time has come to start planning your visit to the 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan. To get an idea of what is on offer, check out this post from la

Have You Heard of the Seishun 18?

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way! - Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!Japan invented the shinkansen (bullet train), so it is no surprise the country is famous for its trains.  Ask any local expert: when visiting Japan, travel

Nightlife in Hakodate: Old World Cocktails and Classy Whisky

Coastal Hakodate is Hokkaido’s third largest city and indeed, no stranger to tourists. The town is known for the abundance of fresh seafood caught from its pristine waters. Each morning, at the Asaichi Morning Market locals and visitors alike can taste the cat

Remembering the 2015 Sapporo Snow Fest

First posted in February 2015. Updated January 9th, 2016 The time has come to start planning your visit to the 2016 Sapporo Snow Festival. To get an idea of what is on offer, check out this post from last year!What do Star Wars, the Manila Cathedral and Dorae