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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,...

The best Jingisukan in Sapporo: Daruma

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Many of Japan’s towns and regions boast a local speciality or two; a unique product of that environment with a distinctive flavour found nowhere else. As such, they are loved by locals and evolved over generations. The late 1800’s saw the introduction of sheep...

Isezushi: Michelin Star Sushi in Otaru, Hokkaido

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The town of Otaru is a port town in Hokkaido, not too far from Sapporo. It has a charming canal running through town and a distinct Western influence in the architecture. Otaru was once so prosperous that it was referred to as the ‘Wall...

Menya Saimi, one of the best ramen in Sapporo

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Japan’s diverse geography and climate are to thank for the array of regional cuisines and styles that have developed over generations. A visit to each region (and a glance at the souvenir stores) will quickly inform you of the beloved local specialties of the...

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