Hokkaido Travel Guide 5 : Snow Festival! | wifi rental japan

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[source : https://www.hankyu-travel.com/hokkaido/sapporo/yukimatsuri/]

In my previous article, which was to introduce attractions and things to do in Sapporo, I have shortly mentioned about snow festival(yuki matusri; 雪祭り) in Sapporo. Sapporo Snow Festival is world-widely well known and popular so you’d better not miss this great opportunity to appreciate snow and ice sculptures if you are planning to visit Sapporo during festival season.

It is said that the origin of Sapporo Snow Festival comes from the story that some high school students built snow statues in Odori park, where now is used for festival. This happened more than 60 years ago and by now it has developed into a huge annual event. Every year more than 2 million people visit Sapporo to participate in this festival and see hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures.
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Hokkaido Travel Guide 4 Niseko | wifi rental japan

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[source : http://niseko-village.com/ja/]

About 2 hours away from downtown Sapporo by car, Niseko is a town located on the northern Hokkaido Island. There is a famous dormant volcano mountain called Mountain Yotei, which gives perfect geographical features on this area to build ski resorts. Major ski resorts in Japan such as Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu are located in Niseko so that annually tons of people who love winter sports visit here. There also are resorts where you can enjoy both snow and  hot springs.

The mountain view from hotels are said to be beautiful, especially when whole trees are covered by snow. If you are staying at high end hotels such as Hilton Hotel Niseko, the hotel provides shuttle bus between New Chitose airport and hotel, which takes around an hour and a half. Even if they don’t know how to play winter sports like ski and snowboard, there still are people who come and stay in Niseko to enjoy its scenery and take a rest.
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Hokkaido Travel Guide 3 Abashiri | wifi rental japan

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Abashiri is a small village with about 40,000 residents located on the eastern coast of Hokkaido. If you are expecting something like high buildings and sparkling night views of downtown, you’d better visit somewhere else. There are not very many places for shopping and dining in Abashiri; however, if you love to travel every nook and corner of a village, it will give you enough pleasure. There are tour attractions you can only experience in Abashiri such as trying ice breaking cruise or visiting prison museum.
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Hokkaido Travel Guide 3 Abashiri : Okhotsk Train | wifi rental japan

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The Okhotsk Train is a limited express train service which runs between Sapporo and Abashiri. Many tourists use this train to get to Abashiri even though it takes more than 5 hours since there are some factors people can enjoy while taking this train. Abashiri is famous for ice floe and every year many people including tourists and researchers gather here to observe huge ice floes. Then why Ice floe in Abashiri became famous?
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Hokkaido Travel Guide 2 Hakodate : Attractions | wifi rental japan

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Shopping and dining gives pretty much of pleasure to travelers; however, please don’t forget that there are some more exciting things you can enjoy in Hakodate. Similar to Sapporo, Hakodate also provides snow related attractions like ski resort. It is said that snow fall starts from November to March in Hakodate so that you can enjoy snow basically everywhere. If you are willing to spend more time in Hakodate, you may try winter activities such as skiing and and snowboarding.
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Hokkaido Travel Guide 2 Hakodate : Shopping Malls | wifi rental japan

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You feel hanging around Sapporo is not enough to explore whole Hokkaido? If so, visiting Hakodate is recommended. Hakodate is a city located in the southern part of Hokkaido and it takes around 4 hours by train from downtown Sapporo. I honestly recommend using trans rather than renting a car unless you have special plans with a car. Even if you have a car, it takes almost same hours to get to Hakodate and weather condition in Hokkaido area is hard to expect, especially in winter. Besides, the cost is going to be similar as one way ticket from Sapporo to Hakodate costs about JPY 10,000.
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Hokkaido Travel Guide 1 Sapporo : Restaurants (2) | wifi rental japan

In our previous article, we have looked for Genghis Khan, which means lamb barbecue in Japan, and soup curry. These two are definitely representative foods you can enjoy in Sapporo. However, we haven’t even started yet if we are going to start talking about food in Sapporo. I guess it will take more than 3 days if we really wish to do so, though. Probably we will have endless discussion for deciding which one can be number one that represents Sapporo.

As I mentioned in previous article, Sapporo is famous for its fresh ingredients such as seafood, vegetables, and dairy products. A bowl of ramen with a piece of butter, fresh sushi and kaisen-don(rice bowl with sashimi), crab shabushabu, cheesecakes and milk… Every single thing in this area is mouthwatering enough and perfect to satisfy your tongue.

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Hokkaido Travel Guide 1 Sapporo : Restaurants (1) | wifi rental japan

One thing you should never miss in Sapporo is to enjoy its foods. Located in the northern part of Japan, Sapporo is fifth biggest city in Japan which is famous for snow and seafood. You can enjoy fresh seafood and thick taste of dairy products anywhere in this beautiful city. In addition to this, Sapporo is also famous for beer, as here is a birth place of world-famous Sapporo beer. Everything in Sapporo will give you a pleasure by its taste, though it is a little pricey, since they will use the freshest ingredients ever.

Whatever you like Sapporo will never disappoint you. Sapporo is famous for uncountable mouthwatering dishes such as ramen, lamb barbecue, snow crab, soup curry, milk, cheese, and sweets. Yes, nearly everything you can make a connection with winter. Imagine that outside weather is freezing cold and you visit one small restaurant for having a bowl of ramen. Or it is also possible that you have a pint of beer with grilling lamb meat. In this article, we will look for dishes that we can enjoy in Sapporo.
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Hokkaido Travel Guide 1 Sapporo : Shopping Malls | wifi rental japan

A paradise for people who love winter sports! Sapporo, which was also a city for Olympics once, is a capital of Hokkaido and one of Japan’s major cities. This amazing city is famous for winter sports, snow festival, (extremely a lot of) snow, crabs, seafood, ramen, and beer. Everything related to snow and winter is famous here and every year millions of people visit Sapporo to enjoy winter sports and snow festival.
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