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Meet Daisetsuzan Mountain Range’s Panorama of Autumn Colors

Hiking in Hokkaido during autumn? Prepare for a spectacular display of colours at the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. Autumn leaves are changing color in Hokkaido’s Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. Under a clear blue sky at Kurodake...

Hokkaido Events: Lake Shikotsu Winter Ice Festival

Hokkaido Ice Festival
If we could recommend just one winter festival in Hokkaido, it would definitely be the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, held in late January, through February. Once you reach Lake Shikotsu, you will be astonished by its breathtaking beauty. The lake's surface is...

The Idyllic Hills of Biei: Exploring A Hidden Gem by Bike, Day 2

Biei Itinerary Day 2
Good morning, Biei! At the end of our Day 1 article, we suggested a stay at a pension in Biei’s hills. If you are up to it, wake up just before sunrise and go for a little walk. If the conditions are...

The Idyllic Hills of Biei: Exploring A Hidden Gem by Bike, Day 1

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Biei lies in the foothills of Mt. Tokachi, an active volcano in central Hokkaido. It has become beloved for its pastoral scenery and a mysterious aquatic attraction, the Blue Pond, created by happy coincidence. With an area...

Heading North? Check Out This Massive 6-Pointed Star Fort: Goryokaku in Hakodate

Ah, Hokkaido. Japan’s great white north. The country’s mysterious, Northern-most island draws skiers and ice sculpture enthusiasts from all corners of the world. (It's a hotspot for ice cream lovers, too.) Furthermore, the island has some truly intriguing points of interest to...

Get Your Seafood and Shopping Fix in Hakodate: The Morning Market and Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

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Planning to ski or snowboard in Japan? You’ll want to head to Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. It’s a verifiable winter wonderland. Every year, millions of tourists visit and carve up its snowy slopes. Meanwhile, those traveling up from Tokyo should consider making...

Exclusive Beers and A History Lesson at Sapporo Beer Museum

When planning my debut visit to Sapporo, I quickly realised I knew very little about Hokkaido. Save for a few regional delicacies (ramen, lamb, dairy), that is. However, one of the first things that came to mind was the namesake Sapporo Beer....

Why you should visit Jigokudani (Hell Valley) in Noboribetsu Onsen

Twenty thousand years ago, the eruption of Hokkaido’s Mt. Hiyoriyama changed the surrounding landscape forever. The force of it rippled for kilometres to form an eerie, steaming volcanic zone with hissing geysers and a thick sulphurous odour....

An Unforgettable White Christmas In Japan: Destination Sapporo

Thinking about mixing things up and travelling this yuletide? Here’s an idea: why not spend Christmas in Japan? Despite the prominent religion being Buddhism, Christmas is a big deal here. In the lead-up, you’re apt to come across Christmas shopping and gifts,...

Tokyo Rojiura Soup Curry Samurai, Shimokitazawa

Look up Shimokitazawa in most guides to the city, and you’ll quickly discover that it’s one of the most hipster areas around. It’s undeniably great for vintage shopping! But for a certain subset of food-loving Tokyoites, Shimokitazawa is the mecca for soup...

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