Five Historical Spots Where You Can Experience Ainu Culture!

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The Ainu are the indigenous people in Hokkaido. While the current size of the Ainu population is not large, their art and culture have a profound influence on Hokkaido residents.

This article will introduce various facilities where you can learn about the culture of the Ainu people. Please stop by during your trip.
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Such a Breathtaking Views! 10 Best Autumn-leaves Spots in Hokkaido!

Autumn Leaves of Sounkyo
The autumn leaves start appearing as early as September in Hokkaido.

Hokkaido has a vast and abundant with nature, and several spots where you can see the autumn leaves.

Here is a list of the top 10 picturesque sites, recommended by Hokkaido locals, to see the autumn leaves!

We also recommend the best ways to enjoy the autumn scenery. Please use this as a reference for planning an autumn Hokkaido trip!

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Must-See Spot in Noboribetsu ! How to Enjoy “Jigokudani” 【Noboribetsu Onsen】

Noboribetsu Onsen ・JigokudaniPhoto credit by Noboribetsu Tourist Association

Noboribetsu Onsen — One of the best Onsen areas in Hokkaido, which is consistently at the top of the rankings for the best Onsen areas in Japan!

This area offers historical, high-quality Onsen and gourmet foods unique to Hokkaido. You can’t miss its natural areas packed with the unique characteristics of Hokkaido!

In particular, Jigokudani is a must-see spot in Noboribetsu. You can enjoy the dynamic natural scenery, which is characteristic of Hokkaido.

You can find how to enjoy Noboribetsu/Jigokudani here!
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Tourist Spots and Some Model Courses in Furano and Biei!

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“Furano” and “Biei” are one of the most popular tourist spots in Hokkaido. Both of them have many famous locations that were used in dramas and commercials.

However, people who have never visited have said that they do not exactly know how best to travel around these areas.

This article will cover the recommended tourist spots and model courses in Furano and Biei.
(*This course is for the spring/summer season, and assumes that you have a rental car)

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5 recommended sunflower fields in Hokkaido!

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In Japan, sunflower is a symbol for summer. Hokkaido, with its vast nature, leads in the number of “sunflower farms” in Japan.

Sunflowers begin blooming in mid-July in the southern and central parts of Hokkaido, and you can continue to enjoy them through October in the northern and Okhotsk regions.

5 must-see sunflower farms in Hokkaido are introduced here!

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Wild Animal Paradise! 9 Animals you should watch in Hokkaido!

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Doto area (East part of Hokkaido) is known for abundant with nature in Hokkaido. So, there is higher chance of meeting a variety of wild animals.

Hokkaido is a wild animal paradise. Even for Hokkaido, the Doto eastern region is especially lush with nature, with a high possibility of meeting a variety of wild animals.

If you pay close attention, you can also find many wild animals while driving.
Ezo red foxes, Hokkaido sika deer, and raccoon dogs (tanuki) are particularly common, so the driver should be cautious of animals suddenly dashing out!
Here we will introduce nine animal species from amongst the wild animals of Hokkaido.

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Lake Kussharo ―a bath exclusively for swans―

Lake Kussharo sunayu swan
Lake Kussharo is known for the swans that gather there.

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[Hokkaido Garden Path] Enjoy the Eight Gardens

Hokkaido Garden Path
“I want to go for a drive amidst the glory of nature.”
“I’ve always had a thing for locations where I’m surrounded by grass, trees and flowers.”
“I want to try Hokkaido’s famous food.” ……

If you have any of these desires, then surely the spot called the “Hokkaido Garden Path” will make them come true.

Hokkaido… the 21st largest island in the world.
Here, there are cities, leisure areas, nature, great food, and any and every kind of tourist spot you’d want on a trip. Of these, the “Hokkaido Garden Path” is a wonderful area with “nature” and “food.”

The “Hokkaido Garden Path,” as it is fondly known, is a course that connects several sightseeing areas.
How did it get this pet name, you ask? On this page, in addition to explaining the reason and meaning of the Garden Path’s name, we’ll really get into its charms!
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Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden | A popular travel spot where you can see Japanese macaques at the hot spring

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Yunokawa Hot Spring is hot spring in Hakodate City. Yunokawa Hot Spring has an extremely popular tourist destination called Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden. Exclusively during the winter, the gardens have started a new activity where you can spend some time with the Japanese macaques that are live on the grounds.

This bold new concept has been garnering the park a lot of attention.

More people are coming to the botanical gardens just to see the Japanese macaques, but the green house, which is the main exhibit, is definitely worth checking out too.
I’ve tried to thoroughly cover all of the main highlights of the gardens in this article including “Monkey Mountain”, and the green house.

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