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I am a around 50-year-Japanese old boy, and the concept of my blog is "Nature, Onsen, Tasty Foods and", so I index my blog posts that I found nature, tourist attractions, onsen and foods in the Hokkaido on the internet, and I mainly introduce about the Hokkaido to the non-Hokkaido people. I am bad English, so I apologize if you do not understand the meaning.
I am from Nayoro, and used to live in Kushiro and Sapporo, and have been back Hokkaido after I lived in Kanagawa prefecture for 14 years again. Compared to other people living in the Hokkaido for ages, there are a lot of things I do not know. So I discover something new every day. Although I do not write more in-depth articles, I write articles among Roundup website, Wikipedia and blog, and I want to stimulate reader's interest. My aim is that Hokkaido's charms attract readers.
By all means, please come to the Hokkaido by lust if you yield to temptation. Non-daily world such as nature, arresting roads, good sake, tasty dishes and great various onsen look forward to you. I think that it might be hard to travel the Hokkaido now due to coronavirus, but I would appreciate if my articles is useful for your Hokkaido travel someday. In addition, I and Mr. O, my ex-coworker, also created Go! Go! Hokkaido! and Touch! Hokkaido! in Japanese.
Latest posts and Hokkaido Information of SNS in Japanese are displayed.
I searched various accommodations in Hokkaido on the internet, and summarised those. But I guess that those are not all accommodations in the Hokkaido and some accommodations may close down. But it is convenient for business people and tourists to look for accommodations in specific cities, towns and villages, so my article is just for reference purposes.Read More
Trappistine Convent (トラピスチヌ修道院) is located in the eastern part of Hakodate downtown. Visitors can buy Trappistine Convent noted French Cake Madalena (フランスケーキ マダレナ), cookies and white chocolate.Read More
Edwin Dun Memorial Park (エドウィン・ダン記念公園) is a city park in Makomanai, Minami ward, Sapporo city. The park is known as a good place to see cherry blossoms in a spring and fall foliage in an autumn.Read More
Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
I intoroduce articles related to the season.
Toyohiragawa Sakura-no-Mori (豊平川桜の杜) is a park at the riverbed of Toyohira River in Shiroishi ward, Sapporo city, and is near Sapporo Junction. About 1000 cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree and Yoshino Cherry Tree have begun to be planted since 1990.Read More
Tenjinyama Park (天神山緑地) is located in Hiragishi, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city. There is Mt. Tenjinyama with an altitude of about 90 meters along National Route 453, and Tenjin Wisteria (天神藤), Soma Shrine (相馬神社), Taiheizan Miyoshi Shrine (太平山三吉神社), Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio (さっぽろ天神山アートスタジオ) and Jaoanese-style Garden (日本庭園) are at the site.Read More
Shoya Sakura Park (庶野さくら公園) is a park in Erimo town located in the southeastern direction of Tomakomai city, and is known as a good place to see cherry blossoms. The park used to be chosen as one of Best 100 Hokkaido Tourist Attractions.Read More
Hokkaido is roughly divided into 4 areas,
Northern Hokkaido, Central Hokkaido, Eastern Hokkaido and Southern Hokkaido.
Each areas have good nature tourist attractions, tasty foods and comfortable onsen.
I recommend the Northern Hokkaido and the Eastern Hokkaido if you like driving cars or riding motorcycles.
I recommend the Southern hokkaido if you like onsen and history.
The Central Hokkaido is all-around sights. Have a trip, by all means!
The Hokkaido University is a national university in Kita ward, Sapporo city, and is close to the Sapporo Station. Its common name is Hokudai (ほくだい).Read More
Tokkarisho is a beauty spot on the outer beach of Etomo Peninsula (絵鞆半島) in the south part of Muroran city, and the beautiful coastline and the blue sea can be viwed. Originally Ainu people called Txukarisho (トゥカリショ), and it means Earless Seal Rocks (アザラシ岩).Read More
Otayama Shrine (太田山神社) is one of historical shrines in Hokkaido in Taisei, Setana town located in the northwestern part of Hakodate city, and has been established since 1440s. A enshrined deity is Sarutahiko-no-mikoto (猿田彦命). The real name is Ota Shrine (太田神社). This shrine have some kind of connection to Mr. Enku Shonin (円空上人), a famous sculptor of Buddhist images, and is famous as the most dangerous shrine in Japan.Read More
Hokkaido is famous for rich hot springs, and has the most onsen places in Japan.
About 250 onsen places are located in various parts of the Hokkaido.
Types of the hot springs are the second most types after Oita prefecture in Japan.
There are a lot of the onsen places along magma zone from the southern part of the Hokkaido to Shiretoko Peninsula,
and tourists can enjoy the hot springs in famous hot spring resorts such as Yunokawa Onsen and Sounkyo Onsen.
In addition, tourists can enjoy moor hot spring, nature onsen and secret onsen, too. Enjoy taking a bath, by all means!
Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in Sapporo city suburbs, and one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). Jozankei is called a back room of Sapporo (札幌の奥座敷), and 2.4 million people per year visit the Jozankei Onsen that is near the center of Sapporo for about 60 minutes. Oversea visitors increased in hot spring boom recently, too.Read More
Toyotomi Onsen (豊富温泉) is a hot spring place located in Toyotomi town in the southern part of Wakkanai city, and is on the foot of Toyotomi Onsen Ski Resort (豊富温泉スキー場). It is far from the city area, and takes about 10 minutes by a vehicle. Toyotomi Onsen has hot springs mixed oil, and is famous for effective for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.Read More
Aurora Onsen (オーロラ温泉) is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the north part of Kushiro city. Aurora Farm Village (オーロラファームヴィレッジ) is around 1.5 km distance through a graveled path from Tsurui National Route (鶴居国道 * National Route 274.Read More
Hokkaido is well-known for rich nature. Flowers such as lavenders of Furano and sunflowers of Hokuryu
and wetlands such as Kushiro-shitsugen wetland and Sarobetsu plain and beautiful sceneries of the sea such as Kiritappu and Shakotan Peninsula
andisolated islands such as Rebun island and Yagishiri island and unique topography such as Nemuro and Cape Soya are famous.
The Hokkaido has a lots of other good nature touris attractions, too. See those, by all means!
Cape Kamui (神威岬) is a cape with steep cliff jutting out into the Sea of Japan from Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) in Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-national Park, and is one of 3 major tourist attractions together with Cape Ogorn (黄金岬) and Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) in the Shakotan Peninsula. The kamui means a god in Ainu language.Read More
Lake Kuttara (倶多楽湖) is a circular caldera lake in Shiraoi town, and was born by volcanic activity 80,000 years ago. A road leads to the lake only from Noboribetsu not the Shiraoi, and it is nearby Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉).Read More
Ukishima Marsh (浮島湿原) at 870 m above sea level is a high moor between Kamikawa and Takinoue in the northern part of Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園), and is nearby Ukishima IC (浮島IC). 22 ha of marsh is interspersed with about 70 ponds varied in scale, and plants such as Yezo Pygmy Waterlily, Dew Grass, Geum Pentapetalum and Marsh Grass of Parnassus grow naturally.Read More
Hokkaido is called "Treasure Chest of Foods".
Vegetables such as potatoes and onions harvested in the whole of the Hokkaido
and seafood such as scallops, sea urchins and fishes caught along coastal regions
and meats such as beef, pork and chicken are famous for tasty foods.
I often discover unusual foods and tasty foods at places that I visit.
I recommend to tourists that they should eat fresh foods at the places. Eat those, by all means!
Matsuo Genghis Khan (松尾ジンギスカン) is a famous mongolian barbecue chain restraunt founded in 1956, and their head office is in Takikawa city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city.Read More
Benbeya (べんべや) is a popular pastry store based in Sapporo city, and has been established since 1990. The benbe means Benbe village (弁辺村), and the founder was from Toyoura town (豊浦 * former Benbe village), so he named his pastry store as the name of his birth place. B Ligare corp. runs it, and Mr. Daisuke Doi (土井 大輔) is an owner chef at present.Read More
I refer Japanese travel agency to readers.
If you think about a travel to Hokkaido, I hope the following is useful for you.
In Hokkaido, some festivals such as summer festivals and winter festivals are held depending on seasons.
The most famous summer festival is YOSAKOI Soran Festival held in Sapporo.
In addtion, various bon festivals are held in each cities, towns and villages.
The most famous winter festival is Sapporo Snow Festival.
In addition, some events using snow or ice are held in the each cities, towns and villages, too.
Enjoy events, by all means!
Sapporo Snow Festival (札幌雪まつり) is a snow event held in Sapporo city, and has been held since 1950, and the biggest snow festival event in Hokkaido, and one of 3 major snow festivals in the world together with Québec Winter Carnival in Canada and Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China.Read More
Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (東藻琴芝桜公園) is in Higashimokoto, Ozora town located in the southern part of Abashiri city, and is well-known as one of the largest place famous for moss pink together with Takinoue Shibazakura Park (滝上芝桜公園), and Higashimokoto Moss Pink Feastival (東藻琴芝桜祭) is famous as one of 3 major Okhotsk Spring Festival together with Kamiyubetsu Tulip Festival (かみゆうべつチューリップフェスティバル) and Takinoue Moss Pink Festival (滝上芝桜祭).Read More
Yosakoi Soran Festival (YOSAKOIソーラン祭り) in Sapporo is a dance event mixed Yosakoi Festival (よさこい祭) in Kochi with a song of the herring fishing Soran Bushi (ソーラン節 * Folk Tune Interjected as the Refrain of Soran) familiar to Hokkaido people.Read More
Hokkaido has a vast land, and is almost as large as Ireland Island, the 3rd largest island in Europe. Everything that is written on Twitter below is just right. The distance among Wakkanai, Hakodate and Nemuro is as far as Ishikawa, Wakayama and Chiba, so I guess that readers can know the vast land.Read More
Toilets are roughly divided into 3 types in the Japan. The first is a urinal for men, and the second is a Japanese-style toilet, and the last is Japanese Western-style toilet. In adittion, the Japan has 2 types of excretion treatment method, flush toilet and vault toilet, and the flush toilet is more sanitary than the vault toilet.Read More
Japanese like bathing in hot water. Because the bathing has been valued by teachings of Buddha and Shinto religion, and a cold winter comes to Japan, Japanese have a habit of warming their bodies in the hot bathtub widely. The bathing makes us feel so good, and it is the happy time for a lot of Japanese.Read More
Today's special articles are below.
Matsubara Onsen (松原温泉) is a hot spring place in Chitose city located in the southeastern direction of Sapporo city. Only Matsubara Onsen Ryokan (松原温泉旅館) is built near National Route 337.Read More
Onuma Kohan Marshland (大沼湖畔湿地) is a wetland in the east side of the Lake Onuma (大沼), Nanae town located in the northern direction of Hakodate city, and is relatively near Nagareyama Onsen Station. The lake has been registered under the Ramsar Convention since 2012.Read More
Marchen Hill (メルヘンの丘) is a tourist attraction along Nationa Route 39 in Memanbetsu, Ozora. 7-8 Japanese larch trees are planted on a ridge of a gentle hill, and it has became popular beauty spot because the scenery was used for famous Japanese movie "Dreams (夢)" filmed by Mr. Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明).Read More