Hokkaido Local Customs

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Hokkaido Local Customs

  • Bamba Kyogi or "Ban'ei Kyogi"

    The Ban'ei horse is a blend of Percheron,Belgian and Breton blood use for draft racing.Race in which the horse pulls a heavy sleigh over hills.The weight of the sled is the handicap and varies with age and track record of each horse.ASSABU is a small village located at 60 kms northwest of Hakodate

  • Russian presence in Japanese, yet...

    Seen the most in Hokkaido, as there are several ferries and flights (mostly seasonal) which leave from several places here, though this is not widely used by the population due to its expense and time required for strict visa rules and processing, hence people here tend to choose very much cheaper and easier travel to Korea, China, Australia, or...

  • Japan Self-Defense Forces & Northern...

    Near Shin-Chitose is one of the largest military bases of its type in Japan, and it is common to see uniformed personnel walking the streets unlike in most other cities in Japan. Also in Hokkaido there are many signboards along the roads stating their position on the Northern Isles Territories still disputed with Russia since end of 2nd World War....

  • Strange angle roof shape

    This is a unique feature of Hokkaido construction, to handle the heavy snowfall. Recently, in the newer constructed homes, I've seen completely flat roofs designed with a water collector to recycle the water.

  • Arrow markers along the road

    The purpose of the markers is to inform where the edge of the road lies, when the snow removal trucks scrape away snow in winter.

  • Hi-tech toilet seats

    In some of the hotels and rest stops, visitors may come across some toilet seats that are not of the usual variety. These are Japan's hi-tech toilet seats and offer a variety of functions.The most common function is the seat warmer. This is especially useful in winter time, or so I assume, since it gets extremely cold in Hokkaido then. Then there...

  • Going for onsen (hot spring bath)

    Around Hokkaido's well-known onsen (hot spring) areas, you'll be able to find numerous establishments offering accomodation and onsen facilities. Most of these have an onsen for hotel guests that is segregated for men and women. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a "public" bath, you should prob'ly go for a place that offers private baths...

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Hokkaido Hotels

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  • Sapporo Grand Hotel

    This is Hokkaido's first Western Style hotel, founded in 1934. It's a 5 or 6 star hotel and very...

  • Yunokawa Prince Nagisatei

    Let's start by saying that this hotel was quite a bit outside our normal budget of about 10,000 a...

  • Otaru Asari Classe Hotel

    This hotel is located about 30 min. by car from Otaru Station, though there is regular free shuttle...

  • Yunokuni Tensyo

    19-49-1 Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, 922-0298, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Paco Kushiro

    If you wanted to stay in one of the better hotels in Kushiro you would probably choose between the...

  • Hotel Dormy Inn Asahikawa

    964-1 6 Chome, 5 Jo-dori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 070-0035, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Dormy Inn Wakkanai

    2-7-13 Chuo, Wakkanai, Hokkaido, 097-0022, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hokkaido

    1,Minami 19,Nishi-7, Obihiro, Obihiro, Japan, 080-

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Oe Honke

    Onneyu-onsen, Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami, Hokkaido, 091-0170, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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