A Must-Experience when visiting Otaru in Winter; the Highlights of the Otaru Snow Story!

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Otaru City, Hokkaido.
Highly famous as a tourist trap throughout the year, with winter being the recommended season to experience what Otaru’s tourism has to offer.

For when it becomes winter, an event known as the “Otaru Snow Story” is held throughout the city. Glass art showcases, angelic illuminations… with its romantic designs, it offers an escape into a snow-capped land of fantasy, its alluring and ethereal beauty tempting visitors to forget reality.

On this occasion, please allow us to introduce in detail the “Otaru Snow Story”, its highlights and its locations and hosting period.

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Top 5 Recommended Scenic Seaside Cafes of Minatomachi, Hakodate [Refreshing Sights Galore♪]

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Hakodate, a city surrounded on all sides by the sea. The sight of that majestic body of water, which can be seen from various locations, imparts a touch of convalescence for hearts fatigued by the humdrum of everyday life.

Compared to its townscape with its unique foreign flavor and its beautiful night scenery, the vistas of the sea is quite overlooked in Hakodate’s tourism.

However, the sea, which can be seen from a number of angles such as from the Tsugaru Strait and from the Hakodate Bay, is able to be enjoyed by anyone and everyone precisely because it is in Hakodate.

Such delightful a sight can be taken in from various places, though ones where you can safely relax and unwind while watching the sea are few and far between.

So with that, please let us introduce 5 cafes where you can enjoy the sight of Hakodate’s sea.

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Going by JR makes it even more fun. The Charm of the Winter Eastern Hokkaido Railway.[PR]

Staring with the spectacular view of the drift ice that can only be seen in winter. Welcome to East Hokkaido. A world full of snow and ice, that you must see at least once in your life.

Let’s imagine that you do visit, how will you travel around. That is something that many prospective visitors worry about. Snow filled roads are difficult to handle in a rent-a-car.

 

Which is why propose that you use JR for your winter travels.  Not just as a mode of transportation, but with JR there are many ways to enjoy your trip.

That is why, we will show the different way in which you can enjoy your JR trip.
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Is this really Japan?! Top 10 Handpicked Exquisite Snow-white Hokkaido Vistas That Can Only Be Seen in Winter

純白のマイルドセブンの丘

When talking about the premier season to visit Hokkaido, summer is without a doubt the go-to answer. Summer, the king of all seasons, where rolling grasslands encompass the visible horizon in a blanket of living green. Summer, where fields of flower bloom wildly under the mercies of the sun, shining like stars that have fallen to the earth.

Yet in the cold, silver court of wintertime Hokkaido, where everything seems motionless in white save for the whisper-soft snowflakes that fall from the sky, are you aware of supremely beautiful spots that await you?

Supremely beautiful spots that can only be seen precisely because of the current season, and never in the summer?

Are you aware of these gems hidden in ice?

With that, please allow us to introduce the top 10 handpicked exquisite wintertime Hokkaido vistas that we would very much love for you to see and experience at least once in your life.

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What should you actually do when touring through Shiretoko? Here’s a little show-and-tell on Shiretoko’s sights and ways of enjoying them!

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The season for summer traveling is just around the corner! For those who are nature enthusiasts, a great many of them might be thinking “This year I’ll definitely go and visit Shiretoko!”
With that said however, you might also hear a lot of confusion and uncertainty from people who do not know how to properly enjoy Shiretoko; “where should we go?”- “Umm, the Shiretoko Go Lakes?” are usually the way these things go.
So to amend that, today we will introduce several ways to enjoy Shiretoko’s beautiful locale, list its most famous hot spots and guide you to a smattering of trial experiences on offer!
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The Otaru Snow Light Path! The Local Way

雪まつりの路の風景
Otaru, a historical port town located near Sapporo is frequented by visitors all year round. The Otaru Snow Light Path is an annual event that will be marking its 20th year. This popular event lasts only 10 days, but is able to welcome up to 500,000 visitors every year.

When people talk of Hokkaido, the most famous event that comes to mind is the Sapporo snow festival. When it comes to the the Otaru Snow Light Path words such as phenomenal or romantic would be more suitable to describe this event.

It would probably not be an overstatement to say that this event is well suited for couples. It is also recommended by locals as a must see event for tourists  We will let you know how to prepare, and our recommendations for the day you visit.
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Hakodate’s Hidden Gems: Several Great Sightseeing Spots for a Daylong Drive

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Hakodate: One of the Hokkaido’s leading sightseeing spots.
A rich selection of guidebooks has been prepared for the many tourists who visit Hakodate every year.

However, many of them leave you unsure where exactly to go or in what order you should visit, and the ones who do suggest an itinerary mostly stick to the most standard, iconic spots.

That’s why I’ve put together this plan for a one-day drive through Hakodate, touring some sightseeing spots off the beaten path.
The plan is just about the same one I’ve used on one of my own day trips to Hakodate.

If you stick to the same order, you should be able to hit every spot in just one day, but there are a few spots where you’ll need to make reservations in advance, so be careful.

The drive mostly sticks to the outskirts of Hakodate, so there’s a decent amount of mileage involved. Remember to drive safely, and have fun enjoying what Hakodate has to offer!

Contents
1. Hakodate Carl Raymond House Motomachi
2. Hasegawa Store
3. Trappistine Convent
4. Carl Raymond Headquarters Factory
5. Hakodate Wine Vineyard Main Store
6. New Hakodate Hokuto Station
7. Hokuto Fishery
8. Trappistine Monastery
9. Michi no Eki Misogi no Sato Kikonai
10. Hotel Seabreeze (Hotel Umi no Kaze)
In Closing

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Downtown Retro – Gourmet Stroll Best 8: Sapporo Tanukikoji District

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Located in central Sapporo near Odori Park, the Tanukikoji district is famously known for its many new fashion buildings. In actuality, it is a location with many retro-style buildings leftover from the Showa period, which makes it the perfect area for this “stroll around town.”

On this occasion, we shine a spotlight on the Tanukikoji district ―particularly the West 2nd block to the West 8th block ― as we take breaks, eat loads of food, and close with tasty yakitori (grilled chicken). We selected the best 8 discoveries that only a local writer could recommend.

Please enjoy!
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You want to enjoy your stay and discover Otaru? Visit one of its popular hot springs!

湯の花朝里殿It’s not a vacation without a trip to the onsen hot springs!

Hokkaido has an amazing number of hot springs, if only because of its large size, and their respective qualities and atmospheres are equally amazing. However, many people have never heard of the Otaru hot springs, perhaps because there are so many interesting places throughout Hokkaido.

Still, this city is one of those interesting places, so why not visit an onsen in Otaru and get to know what kind of hot springs are there?

This time we’ve come up with a Special Edition focusing on Otaru’s hot springs. With a rich selection featuring everything from day trips to overnight hot spring experiences, step in and let the waters wash away your fatigue.

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