Hokkaido Things to Do

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Hokkaido Things to Do

  • City Overview

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Pales in comparison to Hakodate's which is more pedestrian friendly. Mainly a street of seafood vendors and restaurants. Prices are steeper than Hakodate - suggest you give it a miss if you have visited the one in Hakodate.

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  • Sapporo Snow Festival

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Yes, Dec isn't really snow festival in Odori Park. The snow festival starts from Feb. There are a number of displays installed and lighted up. Nice and not so crowded. The Park has a few sections (separated by roads) and each section is different. The main prominent feature is the tower standing tall and proud at one end of the park.

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  • Sapporo Beer Garden

    Sapporo Things to Do

    A must, as Sapporo Beer is famous in every nation. Even if you're a non-alcoholic person, this visit will certainly be an educational experience. Pictured here: the Brewery. Getting there: 10 mins bus ride, or if you have time, 45 mins slow walk north east from Sapporo Station's north exit. Simply put, the Brewery is located on "North 7,...

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  • Shiraoi Ainu Museum - Day Trip

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Dried fish outside the Ainu hut (can't recall what they call their house, sorry...). The Ainu house made of reed has an entrance in the west, 3 windows in the east & the south. It has only one room disposed a hearth in the center, being partitioned with a grass mat at need.

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  • Odori Park

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Odori Park is the broad median of Odori ("large street") in the center of Sapporo, separating the city into North and South. The park stretches over twelve blocks and offers pleasant green space during the warmer months, while staging the annual Sapporo Snow Festival in February. I visited Sapporo in May 2008 and there were tulips and other...

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  • Sapporo Clock Tower

    Sapporo Things to Do

    The Clock Tower, the symbol of Sapporo, was constructed in 1878 as a drill hall of Sapporo Agricultural College. Inside is a panel exhibition introducing the history of the Clock Tower, a description of clock mechanisms on large screens and a display of clocks of the same model. Admission to the museum is 200 yen for adults.

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  • Nijo Fish Market

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Nijo Market is a public market in central Sapporo, where locals and tourists shop for fresh local produce and seafood such as crabs, salmon eggs, sea urchin and various fresh and prepared fish. The Nijo Market is open from around 7am to around 6pm on all days of the week, with individual shops maintaining their own opening hours and closing days....

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  • Sapporo TV Tower

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Sapporo TV Tower is located in Odori Park. It is red in colour and resembles the Tokyo Tower. Its Observation Deck is 90.38 m above ground level and is accessible in 60 seconds by elevator and has commanding views of Odori Park and the whole city of Sapporo. In the basement of the tower are restaurants, cafes and shops. Sapporo TV Tower was opened...

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  • Historical Village of Hokkaido

    Sapporo Things to Do

    The Historical Museum is not a really "recommended" site because it is a little far from the city centre. But there are many interesting houses of the Meiji and even Edo period. Some of them are original buildings. The best part about the museum is watching the staff dressed in period costumes walking around the museum and the walks through part...

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  • Sapporo JR Tower

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Opened in March 2003, the view from JR Tower's 160-m high Observatory "Tower 38" is overwhelming. Around the JR Tower are major shopping centers like Stellar Place Sapporo, Daimaru, Seibu, and Isetan.

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  • Shiroi Koibito Park

    Sapporo Things to Do

    The Shiroi Koibito chocolate snacks are very popular with tourists to Hokkaido and almost everywhere, you'd see it being sold as souvenirs. I thought a visit to the factory would be boring and touristy but was somewhat surprised by the amount of stuff we could see and experience there. Interesting to know about the history of chocolates, even more...

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  • Jozankei Onsen Area

    Sapporo Things to Do

    we went to an onsen nr Jozankei, about 60 mins by bus from Sapporo. This one was not linked to a hotel and was a natural area of hot volcanic spring water coming directly from the ground. The location was stunning; a natural pool on the side of a wooded mountain. Snow was falling on us as we lay over rocks in the HOT water, steam rising. (minus 10...

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  • Mount Moiwa

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Not amazingly tall, but at 531 meters, you can enjoy beautiful views over the city from here. There is an observation platform and a reasonable cafe/restaurant where we had lunch. You order your food from vending machines, sit at the picture windows and see the city spread out below. We spent a terrific afternoon up here in February, took the...

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  • Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Tanuki Koji shopping arcade. It is seven blocks of everything and anything you can think of! Recycled clothes, movie theatre, internet/comic book arcade. I even saw a Wicca school! The two blocks on either side of the arcade are filled with boutiques.

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  • Former Hokkaido Government Office...

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Built in 1888, this building is known as "red bricks". It was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1909. Restoration was finished in 1911. Inside there is a tourist information office, a museum shop and some exhibition rooms. Admisiion is free.

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  • Motorcycle Rental

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Yes, Motorcycle rental in Hokkaido is not only possible, it is highly recommended. From May till October Hokkaido offers motorcycle riders some of the most scenic routes in the world. There are a number of places that rent Motorbikes. My favourite is Eagle Motorcycles in Sapporo. Bikes available range from 1300cc to the 50cc Honda Cub. The Honda...

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  • Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence

    Sapporo Things to Do

    Come and see an orange carpet at Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence in autumn You can walk through the garden of the residence from 8:45 to 5:30 daily from the end of April till November. In autumn, you can enjoy the change of the colors of the trees. The ground covered with the fallen leaves looks like a luxury orange carpet.

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  • Yosakoi Soran Festival

    Sapporo Things to Do

    This year (2005) I went to the Yosakoi Soran Festival in the second week of June. If you are in Sapporo at this time it is a must see! Yosakoi is a type of Japanese dancing. At this festival there are many teams that compete along the roads of Odori Park. The teams have a wide range of ages with little ones as young as 2 or 3 and older ages as...

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  • Sapporo Old City Hall

    Sapporo Things to Do

    The Old City Hall is an European-style building that now works as a museum. There's a good depiction of the history of the city, and the entrance is free. But, to tell the truth, I went inside just to take shelter from the snow storm!

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  • Eiffel tower-Sapporo style

    At the east of Odori Park is the TV Tower. It is 90 meters high and has a 360 degree of the city and souvenir shops below it. It's one of the hard to miss landmarks of the city. Admission is 700 yen and opens from 930 am to 9 pm.

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  • Visit Farm Tomita in Kamifurano.

    Furano is known for its lavenders...Even if we were a bit too late because we didn't visit Hokkaido until autumn, we still made it a point to go to Furano and see the endless hills of flowers. Most of these flowers are actually located in Kamifurano so you still need to take a train to Kamifurano from Furano but the ride is relatively shorter....

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  • Furano: Smell the flowers at Farm Tomita

    Most visitors to the farm arrive from early July to catch the lavender season in summer, when Farm Tomita's lavender field (and the surrounding hillsides) is awash in purple and the scent of lavender is hangs sweetly in the air.However, besides its lavender blooms, the farm also cultivates a wide range of colourful flowers, from poppies and tulips...

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  • Anui Village

    Anui is the native of Hokkaido, the Anui village tells how the native lives and also their culture. Also dont missed the Anui mini museum. Drop by to my travelogue to find out more about Anui.

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  • Go to an Ainu Village

    The Ainu today are the descendants of the original peoples of Honshu & Hokkaido.The Ainu culture was forced to assimilateto Japanese culture and as a result muchof their culture has been lost.Some of the Ainu I met look very different than regular Japanese. I felt as if some ofthem resembled American Indians more so than Japanese.The Ainu village...

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  • NISHIN GOTEN (Herring mansion) at OTARU

    OTARU is a port town on the coast of the sea of JAPAN, located at 30 kms from SAPPORO.NISHIN GOTEN was the house of a magnate of the herring fishing industry. Originaly build in 1897 in Tomaru village it was relocated to OTARU.Admission : 1000 yens

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  • Ainu museum at Shiraoi

    Ainu means Human. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Hokkaido, they have their ownculture and language.This museum recreate an Ainu village on the shore of lak Poroto. There is some Ainu's houses, a botanical garden and a museum.Traditional Ainu's dances are performed. It's an interesting place for information on Ainu's culture.

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  • Visit to MATSUMAE Castle

    Matsumae is the southermost town in HOKKAIDO. This small town played and important role in the trade and warfare with the AINU tribes , and also in the boshin war of 1868/1869.The castle officially named "FUKUYAMA castle" is the only one in HOKKAIDO and the last Japanese style castle to be built in Japan.It's was rebuilt in 1959, the original...

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  • The Sapporo Ice Festival: Spectacular

    ...At the time of my visit in 2010, the Sapporo Ice Festival had been going on for 61 years and showed no signs of getting old. In fact, at this festival the Japanese Army (yes, the Army) was in the process of building the tallest sculpture ever to be featured at the festival -- a 26-meter high model of a greman cathedral....Since we went to...

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  • Lake Shikotsu-ko: ice free with ice...

    ...Lake Shikosu-ko is well-known as Japan's northernmost ice-free lake, which results from its depth. A calderic lake, it's clear blue water makes it look inviting for a swim, even in the middle of winter. Surrounded by mountains, it is clearly a jewel of Hokkaido, though the shore is more built up than one would expect for a National Park....In...

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  • Try the Lavender Ice Cream

    While in Farm Tomita, don't forget to try the Lavender Ice Cream, it costs only 250 yen and it's quite a delicacy ;-)

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  • Shop and dine or just stroll in Otaru

    Otaru is just half and hour away from Sapporo but you'd feel like you're transported to another far away place. It's a canal town and played an important part in the herring industry. It is attractive and picturesque and it's a favorite afternoon or weekend gateaway of locals and foreigners alike. Just stroll along the different shops, have some...

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  • Endless hills of Biei

    Biei is a favorite among artists and nature-lovers. The open fields, often covered by lavender and poppies are so different from the mainland that you'd often wonder if you have left Japan? Some famous sites include the Ken and Mary Trees, the Seven Stars Tree, the Family Tree and some of the famous arts and galleries like Takushinkan. Visit it...

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  • Shop and eat at the Fish Market!

    Nijo Fish Market is one of Sapporo's best. Buy a bowl of rice and select your own sashimi toppings, gawk at fresh delicacies or sit down at a shop. Prices are reasonable and seafood are fresh. Fresh Salmon and Salmon Roe over rice is our favorite. Snow crabs are very popular, too! It's open from 7am to 6 pm although individual shops will have...

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  • Stroll along Odori Park

    Odori Park is is a major city feature. Dividing the city north to south, it is the site of many events throughout the year. But what is nice about it is the greens and flowers that dot the entire park and the benches around it. It's just nice to have a stroll or sit on the benches and do people-watching. If the sun is out, the feeling of sitting...

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  • Asahikawa: Sample Otokoyama Sake

    In the Hokkaido's second largest city, sample one of Japan's historic brands of sake at the Otokoyama Sake Brewery & Museum. Inside the building, you can find out more about the history of the company, how sake is made and also view a large woodblock print (ukiyo-e) collection.With the compound, is a lovely garden to stroll in and have some...

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  • Sapporo: Sapporo Brewery

    This is the original site of the Sapporo Brewery, which was the first brewery established in Japan back in 1876. Visitos can find out how the beer is brewed and also the history of the company. At the end of the tour, visitors can of course sample the variety of beer on the tap, accompanied by cheese and crackers.Some quirky souvenirs available at...

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  • Otaru: Wander its quaint cobbled streets

    Otaru is a small town in central Hokkaido, a couple of hours away from Chitose. The main attraction here is the Otaru Canal, where most tourists gather for a picture. Lining the canal are small stalls selling all sorts of souvenirs and you can even have your picture taken on the trishaws parked at the nearby junction.Away from the canal, there are...

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  • Sapporo: Take a stroll through Odori...

    Odori Park is located in the middle of the City. In spring and summer, the flowerbeds are covered with flowers of every colour! It is a very popular place for the workers in the city to rest here, stroll here or come here during lunchtime with their bento boxes.In winter, the park is also the place where the ice sculptures for the Snow Festival are...

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  • Freeze in the Ice Pavilion

    If you visit Hokkaido in spring or summer, you'll not get to experience the very cold Hokkaido winter, during which the area is buried in snow and ice. But you can feel what it'll be like at the Ice Pavilion, where the temperature is kept under 0 degrees celcius and the walls and ceiling are caked in ice.Don't worry if you have not brought winter...

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  • Sapporo: Explore the Nijo Fresh Seafood...

    The Nijo Fresh Seafood Market is typical of a market in Southeast Asia, with 50 small shops under one roof. The difference here is that the shops sell mainly seafood - fish of all kinds, Hokkaido's ubitquitous hairy crabs, unagi (eel), sea urchins, and so on. In one of the nooks and crannies, you may find a little eatery. When I say 'little', I...

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  • Shiraoi: Learn about the Ainu culture

    The Ainu people are one of Hokkaido's well-known native tribes. The village serves as a centre showcasing the Ainu tribe's culture and history. Here, visitors can learn about how the tribe survived by hunting and then later by bartering, their weapons and other hunting tools, and the clothes they fashioned to keep warm.Visitors will also be treated...

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  • Sounkyo: Water falls at Sounkyo Gorge

    Mount Daisetsuzan is accented by dramatic columnar cliffs that are lined with picturesque waterfalls. Two in particular are worth stopping for - the Meteor Falls and the Milky Way Falls, which are conveniently located next to each other.In winter, the falls freeze in mid-flow, forming a silver slivers of ice across the rockface, like a fragile...

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  • Noboribetsu: Get a whiff of Hell Valley

    If you never attended science lessons in the lab and don't know what sulphur looks or smells like, you'll find out here!Hell Valley, or Jigokudani, is a sulphurous valley that is popular with visitors both local and foriegn. The air in the valley and the areas around it is heavy with the smell of sulphur, which visitors get used to after a while....

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  • Otaru - Freshly cooked seafood while you...

    It's worth the wait, seafood is YUM!Pictured here: A shopkeeper grilling freshly caught scallops... mmmm!

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  • Best eating places in Sapporo

    Sorry to say but the red light district near Susukino in South eastern Sapporo has really great tasting food to offer. City area marked by the strange looking clock monument. Ramen, Gengis-khan (sp?), Yakitori, Udon, to name a few cuisines.

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  • kasemthailand's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Japanese (people and flowers are punctual)
    I went to Furano on June, no flowers bloom yet. Flowers bloom after July only.

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