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Only Available This Summer! Enjoy Limited Edition Hokkaido Beer When You Travel to Hokkaido!

北海道限定ビール

What comes to mind when we talk about Hokkaido beer?
I am sure many would answer “Sapporo Beer,” and would know that its classic Black Label can be consumed all over Japan.

As such, we would like to introduce you to Limited Edition Hokkaido Beer that can only be consumed in Hokkaido this season.

Summer limited edition beer will be released this season on top of the standard Sapporo Classic that is only available in Hokkaido, so make sure you try out the Hokkaido limited edition canned beer when you visit this summer.

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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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A goal-based comparison of drift ice viewing tours

eagles on drift ice
Drift ice on Hokkaido’s Sea of Okhotsk is a phenomenon limited to the months February and March. It would not surprise me if gazing upon such an otherworldly scene, as shown on TV and in sightseeing magazines, was on many people’s once-in-a-lifetime wish list.

But you might be thinking “I have no idea how to get to such a location!”, or “I know there are many tours available, but which one would suit me best?”, or “how do the tours differ from each other, and how should I choose?”.

Here I will address those concerns by providing information on tours that will get you to Hokkaido’s miraculous drift ice, and by categorizing them by their objectives I will try to make it easier for you to find the one that suits you best. From all the tours available, I hope you will find the one that will let you enjoy yourself to your heart’s content.
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Cape Erimo: what makes braving the winds worthwhile?

Cape Erimo is well known in Japan for Shinichi Mori’s enka song Erimo Misaki. Located at the southernmost tip of the Hidaka mountain range, which is said to be the geological backbone of Hokkaido; the cape is known for its magnificent natural scenery, as well as being famous as a harbor seal habitat.

Furthermore, there are sightseeing spots at Cape Erimo such as its white lighthouse and the Wind Museum Kaze no Yakata, in addition to many souvenir shops and restaurants offering fresh sea food. Nature, sightseeing, delicious food and souvenirs; here all the essential components are present that make for a great travel destination.
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Kushiro Marsh in winter: observe Japan’s famous cranes from a canoe!

Kushiro Marsh in Winter

The Kushiro Marsh is renowned as a breeding ground of the elegant red-crowned crane, also known as the Japanese crane; or tancho, as they are called in Japanese. The area is famous for the fact that it is possible to see the cranes gracefully flap their wings from up close every year when winter comes.

On this occasion though, I am going to describe the appeal of a way of enjoying the Kushiro Marsh in winter that has recently become popular: exploration by raft or canoe. Furthermore, in this article I will also include crane viewing locations and feature the steam locomotive Fuyu no Shitsugen-go which traverses the marsh in winter, so I hope you will immerse yourself in all that the area has to offer.
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