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Fun Spring Festivals and Events in Hokkaido (April and May 2024)

Hakodate Landmarks

In spring, when cherry blossoms bloom and fresh greenery flourishes, Hokkaido hosts a variety of events celebrating flowers and gourmet delights. These include festivals enjoyed by locals and events that attract many people from both within Japan and abroad, varying greatly in scale. A local writer carefully selects and introduces must-visit festivals and events taking place in Hokkaido in April and May, offering a curated guide to the season's highlights.

Hokkaido Shiki Marche: A New Hot-Spot for Hokkaido Gifts and Gourmet

Sapporo / Chitose Gift Shops

Hokkaido Shiki Marche, located near Sapporo Station, is a popular food souvenir shop. Since its opening on November 1, 2022, it has consistently drawn both locals and tourists. The variety of offerings, from renowned Hokkaido sweets to local ingredient pouch meals, alcoholic beverages, and snacks, gives you the feeling of coming to Hokkaido specifically for food shopping. Notable items include freshly-baked cookie sandwiches using red bean paste and butter from Sapporo Agricultural College, and the sought-after zangi fried chicken from Take-out Hotei. Discover more about Hokkaido Shiki Marche and five exclusive souvenirs in this article.

Daisetsuzan National Park (Hokkaido) - Seasonal Guide to the Playground of the Gods

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo Parks

Daisetsuzan National Park is known as “Kamuy Mintar” in the language of the Ainu, Hokkaido’s indigenous people. “Kamuy Mintar” means “Playground of the Gods”. And when you set foot in Daisetsuzan, the largest of Japan’s land-based national parks, the reason for this nickname will be immediately obvious.

Enjoy Hokkaido's Winter Wonderland: 5 Recommended Bus Passes by Area

Sapporo / Chitose Winter

Discover the magic of Hokkaido's winter wonderland, from its powdery snow to breathtaking landscapes and lively snow festivals! While renting a car may seem convenient for exploring Hokkaido, it can be risky in the winter, especially for those unaccustomed to snowy roads. For those unfamiliar with navigating snowy roads, we suggest a safer way to explore: by bus. Our author, a Sapporo local with extensive winter travel experience, shares his insights on convenient bus passes, perfect for your Hokkaido winter adventure!

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