Who’s got time for Vanilla? Here are Hakodate’s Top 6 Unique Soft-serve Ice Creams!


Ice cream on-the-go goes hand-to-hand with tourism; whenever people are out for a trip, they just can’t seem to avoid buying a sweet, cold pick-me-up.

And in Hakodate, *the* representative tourist hot-spot of South Hokkaido, there are many established parlors that serve scrumptious swirls of Soft-serve ice cream…


Let’s address the elephant in the room here. Vanilla. Sure it’s tasty. Sure it’s the staple go-to when people think of ice cream. But sometimes, Vanilla can be so boring and dull and … Basic. Sometimes you want to get away from the default and treat your taste-buds on the new, the experimental, the unique, the different, the avant-garde.

If you’re in search of new dimensions of flavor – and let’s be honest, you ARE – then rejoice!

From coffee to chocolat to pumpkins and even wine, there are MANY unique soft-serve flavors in Hakodate that just can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. And on this occasion, here are the top 6 unique soft-serve flavors that we just have to recommend!

Read more

First time touring in Hokkaido? Here are Top 7 Hokkaido Hot Springs You Should Know


Touring through Hot Springs is one of the more popular parts of Hokkaido tours.

Fitting for a place that boasts the most number of hot springs in Japan, Hokkaido houses many attractive Onsen places such as famous springs that represent Japan and hot spring villages loved by the locals as a place of rest; there are even mystical baths only known to experts!

Among the greatest joys of Hokkaido’s hot springs is that you can enjoy the great outdoors while being fully satisfied by warm hot springs.

However, Hokkaido is still a large, large place; there are only so many hot spring villages you can go to during your travels!

So on this occasion, let us introduce 7 best and popular Hot Spring picks heavily recommended for your first Hokkaido travel. We will also fill you in on their locations, commendable points, as well as the properties and effects of their spring waters!

Read more

Feast on Hokkaido Crab! Types of crab and how to eat them.


When it comes to cuisine in Hokkaido, crab “kani” is the first thing that comes to mind. If you plan on going to Hokkaido, you definitely have to try some.

In Hokkaido you can  get  typical Japanese varieties of crabs such as horsehair crabs, red king crabs, and snow crabs as well as the more peculiar blue king crabs and hanasaki crab varieties to try.

The best fishing grounds for a variety of crab in Japan can be found spread across Hokkaido.

As the climate is different in each area the type of crab that can be caught varies by region and by season. Whenever you are in Hokkaido you can eat the crab variety particular to that season.

We will inform you more about the pick of the Hokkaido crabs, the fishing zones, what makes them special and more about the different seasonal varieties. And also let you know our recommendations.
Read more

Top 5 Sushi Stores Recommended By Locals If You Visit Otaru!



Though the city of Otaru once prospered as an exporter of coals and the main hub for trading with Russian, it is also famous as a place for Sushi.

Blessed with both a harbor and an ideal geographical position, it boasts a very fresh and lively selection of sushi ingredients.

On this occasion, allow us to introduce 5 locally-recommended sushi stores that you can dine in at Otaru.

They all have an easy and casual atmosphere, so please keep them in reference whenever you are in the mood for Sushi!

Read more

More Fun If You Know♪ The History of Slopes in Hakodate Motomachi and 3 Cafe Picks


The town of Hakodate, which opened port in the Bakumatsu period, prospered mainly at the foot of Hakodate sprawling from the left as seen from the Hakodate port.

Because of that, many tourist spots are along the slopes, such as the impressive western style building “Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward” and the “Motomachi Church Assembly” where churches of various religions are all lined up. Though Hakodate tourism might have been enjoyable, there are perhaps many visitors who were hassled by the peaks and valleys of these slopes.

However did you know that such slopes in the Motomachi Ward all have names? Perhaps knowing where their name came from would make your stroll through the neighborhood of Motomachi more fun.

On this occasion, we will introduce the origins of three slopes and cafes at which you can rest your weary feet.

Read more

Shiretoko’s Snow Activities! Top 5 Voted Experiences and Events!


The natural heritage site of Shiretoko is an area at Shari and Rausu, which are located in the eastern regions of Hokkaido.

As a tourist area rich in nature, most of its main tour seasons were in Summer but in recent years activities and event which can be experienced at Winter have increased, making it more substantial and productive than ever before.

In this occasion, we will introduce ways of fully enjoying Shiretoko during the peak of Winter. There are many activities on offer that enables you to really feel the coldness of Shiretoko with your skin!

Read more

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


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.

Read more

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



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.

Read more

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.
Read more

Copyright Hokkaido labo All rights reserved.