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Abashiri, Hokkaido Guide
Abashiri is located on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea, 350 km from Sapporo, northeast of Hokkaido.
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Biei Blue Pond, Hokkaido
In recent years, the blue pond of Biei, Aoi-ike, has become a must-visit sight on Hokkaido Island in northern Japan. But why is the pond so blue?
Where to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido?
The northern island of Hokkaido is the last of Japan's regions to enjoy sakura blooms during spring. The latter intervenes there between the end of April and mid-May.
Mount Fuji is unique. But across the archipelago, you can find countless picturesque mountains...
Mashu-ko, the devil's lake of the Ainu
The eastern tip of the island of Hokkaido is home to one of the most beautiful lakes in Japan.
Top 3 Hanami Places in Sapporo
Located further north than the other major cities in the country, Sapporo experiences a slightly later spring bloom, around the beginning of May.
In eastern Hokkaido, 300 km from Sapporo, the city of Kushiro is the gateway to the Kushiroshitsugen and Akan Mashu National Parks.
Top Five excursions in greater Sapporo
Sapporo is known for its winter: snowy landscapes and ski slopes but the city and its surroundings are beautiful during the summer!
The spa district of Jozankei
Once a great mining town, Yubari suffered from the energy transition away from coal and lost 90% of its population in just 50 years. Learn the tragic fate of a town in the heart of Hokkaido.
Noboribetsu is a high place of volcanic activity, which can be approached to appreciate all its magnificence for centuries. And its festivals are famous for their warm atmospheres!
The village of Akaigawa
The former prefecture of Hokkaido
A small village in Hokkaido, Biei is well known in Japan. Its great location, large flower fields and beautiful scenery make it a popular destination.
Sapporo TV Tower
Enjoy a panorama of the capital of Japan's far north from the observation point of the Sapporo TV Tower.
Enjoying winter in Tomamu
Winter in Tomamu, enjoy the cold and the heat!
Hokkaido by train in autumn
Hokkaido is the first region of Japan where the autumn leaves arrive before spreading south, as it is the northernmost island of the archipelago.
Sounkyo Onsen is a peaceful onsen resort in the mountains east of Asahikawa in Hokkaido. Sounkyo Onsen is within Daisetsuzan National Park.
Wakkanai: read a guide to Japan's most northern city, Wakkanai and its attractions: Kita Market, Wakkanai Koen Park, Hyosetsu no Mon Gate and Cape Noshappu.
Abashiri is located on the coast of the Okhotsk Sea, 350 km from Sapporo, northeast of the island of Hokkaido.
Noboribetsu Onsen is known as one of the the leading hot spring towns in Hokkaido.
Asahikawa: read a guide to Asahikawa, Hokkaido's second city and gateway to Daisetsuzan National Park, famous for its fine sake and delicious ramen.
The nickname of Otaru may seem exaggerated, but this small city on the outskirts of Sapporo also experienced its heyday. Even today, the city retains traces of its glorious past.
Otaki Ice Cave
Otaki Ice Cave: join a winter snowshoe tour to see the wonderful ice stalactites, unique creature-like statues of ice, formed by water dropping through the roof of the cave.
Wakkanai guide: read a guide to Wakkanai, the northernmost city in Japan in Hokkaido and the hub for Cape Soya and the offshore islands of Rebun and Rishiri.
Rishiri Island Hokkaido
Rishiri Island: read a travel guide to Rishiri Island off the north west coast of Hokkaido famous for the imposing 1,721 m-high Mt Rishiri.
Goryokaku Fortress Hakodate
Goryokaku Fortress: read a guide to the star-shaped Goryokaku Fortress in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan's first western-style castle.
Otaru guide: read a travel guide to Otaru close to Sapporo in Hokkaido famous for its preserved historic warehouses in its canal district.
Cape Soya Wakkanai
Cape Soya in Hokkaido near Wakkanai is the most northerly point in Japan and is a place with many monuments.
Kan Yasuda Bibai
Kan Yasuda: renown Japanese scultptor Kan Yasuda has created a huge and fun sculpture park in his hometown of Bibai in Hokkaido.
Sapporo Clock Tower
Sapporo Clock Tower; read a guide to the Sapporo Clock Tower or tokeidai a cultural and historic landmark in Sapporo city, Hokkaido.
Old Hokkaido Government Building Akarenga
Old Hokkaido Government Building: read a guide to the historic, red-brick Old Hokkaido Government Building in Sapporo known as Akarenga.
Susukino: read a guide to the entertainment and shopping area of Susukino in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
The Hoheikan in Nakajima Park in Sapporo is the oldest wooden building of its type in Japan, built in 1880.
Niseko: Read a guide to Niseko, Hokkaido. Niseko is a world-class ski resort in northern Japan. Niseko attracts skiers and hikers from around the world.
Sapporo Central Fish Market
Sapporo Central Fish Market 札幌市中央卸売市場 The Sapporo Central Fish Market in Sapporo has become a popular excursion for Japanese and foreign tourists to Sapporo with many of the fresh fish retailers of
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