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Noboribetsu Onsen Day Trip: Jigokudani 'Hell Valley' And a Natural Hot Spring Footbath!

Noboribetsu / Lake Toya Rivers, Lakes & Canyons

Noboribetsu Onsen in Hokkaido is well known for its 9 different types of hot springs. There are lots of sights to see centered around these hot springs. Jigokudani (literally, "Hell Valley"), for example, exudes both gases and hot water, and Oyunuma, a super high-temperature spring, accumulates sulfur. In order to see these springs for ourselves, I decided to take a guided tour of Noboribetsu. It even ended in a natural footbath! This was truly the best tour I've ever experienced! *Taisho Jigoku and Oyunuma River Natural Footbath will be closed off from Nov 6, 2016. (You can walk up to Oyunuma). Date of reopening not yet decided. (As of May, 2018)

4 Sapporo Ice Cream Spots That Will Make You Fall in Love With Hokkaido's Winter Ice Cream Culture

Sapporo / Chitose Other Cafes and Sweets

In summer, Sapporo ice cream is some of the tastiest around. But actually, Japan has a unique culture of eating ice cream in winter. You might wonder, "why eat ice cream when it's cold?" Especially in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, where winter is absolutely freezing. But for that reason, insulation in buildings is excellent, and it's quite comfortable indoors. Which leads to the urge to eat ice cream. Here are four popular Sapporo ice cream shops, where you can experience the "winter ice cream" culture of Hokkaido.

According to a Local: 6 Unique Ways Japanese Keep Cool in Summer!

Sapporo / Chitose Summer

What do you think of when you hear the words "summer in Japan"? There are many seasonal things that Japan is famous for: fireworks, festivals, and beachside clubhouses where you can try fantastic Japanese street foods. But there is another feature you can't avoid during your stay: the weather. In fact, it can often get breathlessly hot due to humidity! Despite the country’s technological advancement, summer traditions that have a history going back hundreds of years are also still prevalent in Japan. And in many cases, these connect with each of the 5 senses. Let’s take a look at 5 unique and traditional ways that the Japanese use to keep cool in the summer!

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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  • Otaru
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