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Hokkaido Dining: Enjoying a Bowl of Traditional Sapporo Ramen at Sumire Nakanoshima Honten

Sapporo / Chitose Ramen

You might say that Hokkaido is Japan’s isle of ramen. In fact, ramen in Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa and Kushiro are known as the “Four Great Ramen of Hokkaido” and are each very popular nationwide. But out of all the different varieties of ramen in Hokkaido, the one most widely regarded is Sapporo ramen. Sumire is a particularly famous ramen shop located in the highly competitive area of Sapporo and constantly has a line of people waiting to get a bowl of their ramen. Theirs is the Sapporo ramen style with rich miso flavor soup, firm textured thick curly noodles made with eggs, and vegetables toppings such as bean sprouts. It has its roots tied to another ramen shop of the same name which established the Sapporo ramen style. And here, we'll introduce you to this famous ramen shop!!

The Curiously Unusual World of Japanese Pizza

Ueno Pizza

Just about everyone knows that the birthplace of pizza is Italy. However, where can you find the most unique pizzas in the world? For many people, the answer is Japan! It may come as a surprise, but Japan is home to some of the most interesting pizzas you can find. Pizza shops in the country regularly feature what outsiders would probably consider to be some very unusual toppings. Like many other western food imports, Japan certainly puts its own unique spin on pizza, creating pies that are curiously delicious!

[MOVIE] DRUM TAO’S MANGEKYO – a Kaleidoscope of Taiko Drums

Shinagawa Shows

Japan’s traditional drums, taiko, conquered video games, modern pop music, and stages all over the world alike. Ranging from small to so big that they tower over whoever plays them, taiko drums have held an important place in Japanese culture ever since the 6th century. One group, however, has taken the traditional art of taiko drumming and adapted it to the global style of the 21st century in the most fascinating fashion imaginable. Meet DRUM TAO and their Martial Art of Drumming!

Hokkaido Travel Guide: Top 5 Must-See Places in Otaru!

Sapporo / Chitose Other Architecture

Japan's northern island of Hokkaido was fully pioneered only around 150 years ago! Otaru, one of the leading port cities of Hokkaido, holds much of that history. The Otaru Canal in the port and the surrounding stone warehouses have much to tell of the city’s proud form of long ago, which paved the way to prosperity beyond Sapporo and the cultivation of Hokkaido. There are many historical buildings that still stand around the Otaru Canal from 100 years ago, which provide a nostalgic atmosphere that you can enjoy as you walk around. Here are some of the best places to check out during your visit.

Tasting Umaibo – Japan’s Favorite Junk Food Snack!

Tokyo Station

Practically every culture has its tempting snack foods, and Japan is no exception! Umaibo – literally, “tasty stick” – are particularly popular in the country. Made of puffed corn and coming in unique flavors, they have a suggested retail price of 10 yen (less than a dime) – easily affordable by and appealing to kids. Many Japanese likely have warm memories of when they were children and would go to a neighborhood dagashiya (candy shop) and grab either a mentai aji (walleye Pollack roe flavor) or a corn potage flavor and gobble it up on the spot!

Visiting Tokyo in September: Best of Autumn in Tokyo

Tokyo Station Summer

Are you thinking about coming to Japan? Did you miss the summer festival season in July and August? Can you not wait until early spring for the cherry blossom parties to take over? If you are longing to come to Japan but feel like you missed a good season, you are in luck. Japan has so many great and varied things to see and do that any time is a good time to visit. Each month provides a wide range of events, attractions, tastes, natural beauty and sites to experience. Here are just some of the great things going on in September in Tokyo and surrounding areas.

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