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Hakodate’s Hidden Gems: Several Great Sightseeing Spots for a Daylong Drive

トラピスチヌ修道院

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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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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Asahiyama Zoo and Other Places of Note: Seven Must-See Sightseeing Spots in Asahikawa!

Asahikawa sightseeing spot
If you ask someone outside Hokkaido if they’ve heard of Asahikawa, they’ll probably answer, “Asahikawa? Of course I know Asahikawa, That’s where the Asahiyama Zoo is, right?” You might be surprised to learn that there are tons of other amazing sightseeing spots in Asahikawa outside of Asahiyama Zoo!

If you’re planning a trip to Hokkaido and thinking of stopping by Asahikawa just to visit the must-see Asahiyama Zoo before moving on to another city, we hope you’ll take the time to look over this plan for a sightseeing stay in Asahikawa itself.

If you do, we hope you really will visit and tour the studios and beautiful gardens, or experience the fantastic art museums. Or perhaps you’d rather take in the elegant beauty of the mountain valleys, and enjoy many other activities in the great outdoors before wrapping up with a relaxing soak in the hot springs? Either way, you’re sure to discover for yourself heretofore unknown beauty and charm in Asahikawa. We guarantee there’s something to satisfy everyone, from couples to families, and even lone travelers.

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The Latest in Japan? Cherry Blossoms that Bloom in July, My Lake Rausu Trekking Experience!

“Lake Rausu”, is the largest lake on the Shiretoko Peninsula. Located in the middle of Shiretoko, this year marks the 10th anniversary since it was made a World Natural Heritage Site. The lake is difficult to access, so its magnificence is not widely known. Consequently, the stillness of this precious place has been preserved.
According to a local guide, you can even hear the sound of the cherry blossoms blooming on the quiet trail. This is something that even the guide has rarely witnessed, but apparently in the moment that the petals of the buds open you can hear a “popping” sound. I want to hear that sound too. So, I will now introduce you to what Lake Rausu was like when I went there in July (early spring).
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What a Beautiful Silky Snow! Why We Chose Niseko Village Ski Resort

ニセコビレッジスキーリゾート

One of Niseko’s appealing points is its “quality of snow.”
However, the quality of snow alone doesn’t make for a truly fun experience.

Niseko has several world-famous ski slopes. Especially, “Niseko Village Ski Resort.” Is famous among them.

And how is it different from other ski slopes? This time, we’d like to show you its charms.

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【From Sapporo】Five Recommended Bus Tours in Winter!

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There is an image that a bus tour is about “enjoying sightseeing in a group with a guide.”
Recently, “day-trip bus tours” for single travelers are becoming popular.

Here, we recommend five selected bus tours to enjoy Hokkaido in winter.
Please do refer to it when visiting Hokkaido!

※This information was updated in October 2016.

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Enjoy the Kiroro Resort with Abundant Powder Snow!

キロロリゾート

Ski season is right around the corner. If you sticks close to home to enjoy the slopes nearby, have you considered taking a trip to go skiing instead?

Because if you have, we’d like to introduce you to one of Hokkaido’s most explosively popular ski destinations, the Kiroro Ski Resort.

We’ve taken a first-hand look inside Kiroro Resort to examine the quality of its slopes and figure out its target demographic.
We’ll also show you some of the other features the resort has to offer.

Kiroro Ski Resort is a destination packed with all kinds of appeal, so tune in and we’ll introduce you to its most charming features!

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Enjoy Summer-Time in the vast nature at Rusutsu Resort

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Events are held in every season at Hokkaido’s Rusutsu Resort.
During the natural beauty of summer, both domestic and foreign tourists visit in great numbers and can have various experiences.

We would like to introduce Rusutsu Resort in the summer, full of Hokkaido’s charm. You will definitely want to visit!

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【Onsen In Doto】 10 Popular Onsens in East Hokkaido

温根湯温泉 大江本家

The Doto distrcit is a popular spot for tourists who visit Hokkaido.
Doto is famous for its nature and wildlife, but it also has many great onsens.

In this article, we will introduce 10 recommended onsens of Doto in three categories: “Onsens with high spring quality”, “onsens with great locations”, and “The “secret” onsens of Doto”.

we hope this article helps you when visiting Doto.

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