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Complete guide to the night view of Hakodate! Securing the best sightseeing spots on Mt. Hakodate from getting there up to the best view times

Hakodate Other Townscapes

The night view of Hakodate is one of the most famous ones in Japan. Many tourists who come to Hakodate make it a point to go to the top of Mt. Hakodate which is reputedly the best place for seeing the night view. How do you get to the top of Mt. Hakodate? Are there shops and restaurants there? What is the best time to head up there? We will answer these questions and tell you all you need to know about how to get to the top of Mt. Hakodate and the best times for enjoying the night view.

LeTao Makes Japan's Amazing Dairy Even Better - With Tasty Chocolate Treats!

Sapporo / Chitose Gift Shops

Hokkaido’s LeTao confectioner is well known for its two-layer “Double Fromage” cheesecake, and has rapidly grown in popularity both in and outside of Japan. Originally a chocolatier, LeTao produces chocolates using special techniques and the finest ingredients from all over the world. LeTao’s Nouvelle Vague LeTao Chocolatier opened at New Chitose Airport in December 2016 and the main Nouvelle Vague store in Otaru followed in January 2019. Here are some of the delicious chocolates that attract tourists to the New Chitose shop.

Japanese Gardens - From the exotic to the meditative

Sapporo / Chitose Gardens

There is no denying that gardens in any country are beautiful, and Japanese gardens are no exception! In general a Japanese garden makes use of its own natural qualities, and due to their meditative aspects it will come as no surprise that some of the most famous gardens in Japan can be found around temples. There are different styles of gardens that have been perfected over centuries and it somewhat goes to show how popular they are by the fact that nowadays Japanese gardens can be found around the world. Probably a popular conception of the design of a Japanese garden is that of the rock garden, which Zuisenji Temple in Kamakura is a great example of. But another kind of Japanese garden which is probably embedded in popular culture is that of the beautiful snow covered garden seen at the end of the movie Kill Bill Vol 1!

Japan's Kiroro Resort is so Popular We Made an Entire Access Guide About it

Otaru Skiing & Snowboarding

Kiroro Resort is a winter resort that offers world quality powder snow right through until “Golden Week” in May. During the season’s peak, the snowfall can reach up to 5m near the summit! There are various ski slopes for beginners to advanced skiers, so there’s something for everyone. On the vast resort ground, there are facilities such as the entrance to the skiing area "Kiroro Mountain Center,” which is in "Kiroro Snow World,” adjacent to it is the accommodation “Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort,” and “The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido” which is connected to a shopping mall and hot spring facility. The accommodation creates incredible winter vibes alongside the crisp white snow. To reach Kiroro Resort, there are busses from New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Otaru, and Niseko. Otaru is an especially accessible location, which only takes about an hour. We’ve made a detailed guide on how to reach Kiroro Resort from the major areas of Hokkaido. Text & Images:Kawashima Nobuhiro

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