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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.
Asahiyama Park (旭山公園) is a park at Mt. Asahiyama with 295 m in height in the eastern part of Asahikawa city. There are famous Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園), Asahiyama Miura Garden (旭山三浦庭園) asn Asahiyama Snow Village at the site, too.Read More
Miyajima Swamp (宮島沼) is a small swamp in Bibai city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. In a spring and an autumn, Migratory birds such as Wild Goose, Bean Goose, Whistling Swans come flying, and about 60,000 wild birds stay at the Miyajima Swamp on a day when a lot of the migratory birds arrive.Read More
Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence (北海道知事公館) is an apartment house for the Governor of the Hokkaido in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and was built as a second house of Mitsui in 1936. The building has been used as the Hokkaido Governor's Official Residence since 1952.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
Road to Heaven (天に続く道) is a straight road with about 28 km in total length in Shari town, and was named after stretching to the sky. There are 2 views, 18 km or 28 km on the internet.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!
Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Hot springs spring 7000 liters everyday, so a quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too. 1.8 million tourists come here, and is one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉).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
Fukiage Onsen (吹上温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamifurano town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. There are Fukiage Roten-no-Yu (吹上温泉露天の湯) and Fukiage Onsen Rest Center Hakugin-so (吹上温泉保養センター 白銀荘) at 1200 m above sea level. Those are popular for high quality hot springs and a sense of openness.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!
Blue Pond (青い池) is a man-made pond near Shirakaba Road (白樺街道 * Hokkaido Road 966) in Shirogane district, Biei town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is surrounded by trees at about 500 m above sea level.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
Lake Shumarinai (朱鞠内湖) is a man-made lake in Horokanai town located in the northern part of Asahikawa city, and is well-known for the largest man-made lake in Japan. 13 big and small islands float on the surface of the lake, and a feature of the lake is complicated topography like a fjord. The perimeter of the lake is about 40 km. The maximum water depth is 40 m.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!
Sumire (すみれ) is a popular ramen restraunt based in Nakanoshima, Toyohira ward, Sapporo city. Sumire corp. runs it, and Mr. Nobuyoshi Muranaka (村中 伸宜) is a company president. Mrs. Akiko Muranaka (村中 明子), his mother, established Sumire (純連) in 1964.Read More
Seiyodo Nanbantei (西洋堂 南蛮酊) is a popular restraunt near Toya Station in Kushiro town next to Kushiro city, and is almost adjacent to Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園). The restraunt run by Mr. Kunio Fujino (藤野邦雄) was founded in 1980.Read More
Mirupisu Store (ミルピス商店) is a popular juice store near Cape Kustugata in Kustugata, Rishiri island, and is located in the western part of the island. Speaking of the Rishiri, Kombu or Mirupisu (ミルピス) are famous. The mirupisu is well-known as a homemade lactic acid drink sold only in the Rishiri Island.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.
Donguri (どんぐり) is a famous bakery founded in 1983 in Sapporo city, and is run by Donguri corp. The bakery is well-known for making Chikuwa Bread (ちくわパン * Tube‐shaped Fish Paste Bread), and has been laoved by Sapporo people.Read More
Sapporo Racecourse (札幌競馬場) is a racecourse near Soen Station (桑園駅) in Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is an unusual racecourse next to Hokkaido University in the center of the big city.Read More
Asahikawa Ramen Aoba (旭川らぅめん 青葉) is a famous long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1947 in Asahikawa city. The foundation year is same as Hachiya (蜂屋), a famous long-established ramen restaurant in the Asahikawa, and the Aoba is well-known as one of the root of Asahikawa Ramen.Read More