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Food Hokkaido Japan Restaurants

Otaru Poseidon Sakaimachi Restaurant – Best Seafood in Otaru, Hokkaido

One of our fondest memories of Otaru is having a really good meal at Otaru Poseidon Sakaimachi Seafood Restaurant. The shop is popular among locals as it is a family restaurant, but also frequently visited by tourists because it is located along the main street leading to the Otaru canal and music box museum. Salmon …

Hokkaido Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Sapporo Snow Festival – 70th Edition 2019

This year, Sapporo Snow Festival is going into its 70th edition. The yearly event attracts million of visitors to the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido to witness the most famous winter festival in Japan. We visited the 65th edition of Sapporo Snow Festival back in 2014 and had a wonderful time there. The Sapporo Snow Festival, …

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Mori no Tokei “Forest Clock” Cafe 森の時計 at New Furano Prince Hotel Ningle Terrace

We visited the Ningle Terrace in New Furano Prince Hotel back many years ago. Deep inside the snow covered forest, there is a nice little coffee house called the Mori no Tokei 森の時計, meaning Forest Clock. This cafe and surrounding hills were made famous by the 2005 Japanese Drama Yasashii jikan《優しい時間》starring Ninomiya Kazunari (二宮和也) and Nagasawa Masami (長澤まさみ). Fans …

Hokkaido Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Yunokawa Snow Monkey in Hakodate Hokkaido 湯の川雪の猿

After our morning trip to Fort Goryokaku (五稜郭), we decided to visit some snow monkeys at the Yunokawa Onsen area. The hot spring is one of the top recommended destination in Hakodate Hokkaido, famous for it’s spa, Hot-Tubbing monkeys as well as a botanical garden. 早晨去了五棱郭之后,我们决定到湯の川温泉地区看看一些雪猴。湯の川温泉是北海道函馆最受推荐的景点之一。以温泉雪猴和植物园而闻名。 And that was the hot tub where a couple dozens monkeys …

Accommodation Event Hokkaido Japan

Ryokan Experience, Kourakuen in Otaru 小樽宏楽園温泉旅館

Staying in a Japanese Ryokan is one of the unique experience that visitors to Japan must try. These japanese-style inns offer traditional facilities like onsen, tatami floors, futon beds and multi course meals known as Kaiseki. As part of our Hokkaido trip, we went to for a day stay at Kourakuen Onsen Ryokan in Otaru. …

Hokkaido Japan Kanto (Tokyo) Places of Interest Random Japan Visiting

JR Vacation Travel Talk #1 – Can you see the shy Fujisan, Selfie with giraffe at Asahiyama Zoo, and Candid Shot at Arashiyama, Kyoto

A shot taken from the JR track platform on the way to Kawasaki. There is something about the beauty of Mt Fuji as a backdrop behind these buildings. It’s so surreal and majestic that you can’t take your eyes off it… JR Vacation’s first winter holiday in 2013. It’s a one week Hokkaido trip, using …

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12 Essential Winter Items to buy in Japan Directly

Singapore’s all-year Summer season leaves us with no experience in surviving natural snow and winter climate. As such, Singaporeans on their first trip to winter countries typically feels excited (about witnessing the snow ? ☃) and yet nervous at the same time. In fact, I was so anxious to equip myself against the cold climate that my luggage for my first …

Hokkaido Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Farm Tomita, Furano Hokkaido, Japan Summer

If you are visiting Hokkaido between July to September, I will highly recommend you to include Farm Tomita in Furano in your itnerary! You will be amazed by the gorgeous views of their purple carpet of lavender and other colourful flower fields during this blooming season! Preview of the picturesque views: In July: Full bloom of …

Hokkaido Japan Places of Interest Visiting

Seasonal Festival 1: Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival in Hokkaido

Calm blue sky, puffy marshmellow clouds, a million sunflowers – the three elements which form the ever-picturesque view on various print and digital medias, were presented right before me at the Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival in Hokkaido. This biggest sunflower field in Japan transformed into a huge yellow landscape in the Hokuryu town every summer, with its annual Himawari …