Hakodate in spring: the 4 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Hakodate!

The cold, snowy season is almost over in Hokkaido, and when the cherry blossom season has nearly completed its run through Honshu, Hokkaido gets to view its first cherry blossoms of the season, something the locals have all been waiting for!

In the southern part of Hokkaido, where the cherry blossoms bloom the soonest, the first blossoms begin to appear around late April, reaching their peak later in spring.

Clearly then, now is the perfect time to recommend four of the best spots for viewing cherry blossoms in Hakodate city. Come and get the most out of what Hakodate has to offer at these locations!

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【From Sapporo】Five Recommended Bus Tours in Winter!


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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Effective Ways to Rent a Car in Sapporo, and Recommended Driving Spots


A rental car is indispensable when traveling in Hokkaido. Many people think about flying to New Chitose Airport, lodging in Sapporo, and renting a car.

But there are many rental companies in Sapporo, and it’s hard to know where to go.

For that reason, we’d like to give you our suggestions for how and where to rent a car, as well as our recommendations for the best driving spots!

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Let’s Explore the Hakodate Morning Market!

函館朝市Hakodate Morning Market’ – a place brimming with energy and liveliness.
One of the joys of traveling has to be experiencing the food. Here in Hakodate, all the food available is deliciously fresh!

This time we will show you some fun things to do at Hakodate Morning Market!
For those who just want to eat delicious food, or for those who just want to have a smile put on their face – Hakodate has it all.

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Enjoy Summer-Time in the vast nature at Rusutsu Resort


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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Let’s enjoy the winter season in Furano!


Furano City, Hokkaido, known for the TV show “Kita no Kuni Kara” and lavender farms.
It is located in the central part of Hokkaido, surrounded by beautiful nature from East to West.
As a basin, there is a great difference in temperature, and in the summer, it can get above 30°C (86°F).

In the winter, the temperature gets down to around -30°C(-22°F), such that you can see diamond dust on a sunny morning.
Moreover, due to the big temperature difference in a day, delicious products can be grown in Furano.
Furano is famous for the flowers and activities in the summer, but there are many equally amazing things in the winter.

Here, we have summarized the activities, tourist spots, and food in Furano in the winter time.
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How to Enjoy Onuma Park and Four Season ~Donan, Hakodate Area~


Onuma Park is located about a 40-minute drive from one of Hokkaido’s most prominent tourist spots, Hakodate.

The easily-accessible Onuma Park can also be reached by train within 50 minutes.

Including beautiful flowers and birds during the spring, lush greenery in summer, crimson foliage in autumn, and graceful snowscape in winter, the park presents a splendid scenery every season.
Besides, there are plenty of fun activities available such as canoeing, cycling, boating, horseback riding, and Segway riding from spring to autumn.

Even during winter when the surface of the lake turns into solid ice, there are numerous charming activities such as snowshoeing, horseback riding, and smelt fishing.

A recommended place to go in Donan, Onuma Park is a place where tourists may enjoy the beautiful nature of the northern region of Japan.

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Seven Recommeded Autumn Leave Spots in Sapporo!

Autumn leaves can be seen all over the city of Sapporo, leading people to say that “the entire city turns crimson.”
In this article, we will be presenting seven autumn leaves viewing spots on the outskirts of Sapporo that are much loved by its citizens from classic spots to best-kept secrets.
We will also be talking about clothes for the autumn leaves season and hope that this will serve as a good reference for you!
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Must-See Night View in Sapporo! ~Moiwa Mountain~

The night view from Mt. Moiwa near Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido, is so beautiful that it has been listed as one of the “three best night views of Hokkaido* 1” and “three new best night view cities of Japan* 2”.
It only takes about 30 minutes from Sapporo station, and is a very important sightseeing spot in Sapporo.
This post explains the attractiveness of Mt. Moiwa and how to get there.
We hope you will get a glimpse of the beauty of Mt. Moiwa’s night view, representative view spots in Sapporo!
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