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Hokkaido’s Sensational Shishamo Festival Serves Smiles All Around to More than 20,000 Visitors!

Tomakomai Other Entertainment

On September 6, 2018, Hokkaido was hit by the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake. Among the affected areas was Mukawa which was struck with violent tremors measuring an intensity of 6 on the Shindo scale, causing great damage to the town (the highest seismic intensity of the earthquake measured Shindo 7). While Mukawa has been in the spotlight because of the earthquake, it has always been famous for its Mukawa Shishamo Festival, a delicious food event held in autumn that is all about shishamo smelt. Usually held in October, this year transformed the traditional one-day festival into a recovery event held on November 3 and 4, bigger and busier than ever! We visited this lively gourmet hot spot and its people!

Guide to 7 Popular Niseko Ski Rental Shops With Covid-19 Countermeasures

Niseko / Rusutsu Skiing & Snowboarding

During the 2020 to 2021 season, the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in some changes to the way ski rentals work in Japan. We headed to Niseko ski rental shops that are wildly popular amongst skiers and snowboarders to find out how their rental plans work and what measures they are taking against Covid-19. The recommended lineup from each shop will be introduced. Main image: Evgeniy Kazantsev / Shutterstock.com

Daisetsu Mori-no Garden: Enjoy an elegant Hokkaido holiday at this fairy-tale forest!

Asahikawa Other Sightseeing

Daisetsu Mori-no Garden is a fairy-tale forest right near Daisetsuzan or Sounkyo Onsen in Hokkaido, and is a spot you will definitely want to add to your sightseeing itinerary. In this sculpted flower garden with a view of the Daisetsu Mountain Range, you’ll enjoy spending a relaxing time in the soothing embrace of nature. There is a restaurant and café in the park that are owned by master French chef Kiyomi Mikuni, where you can also savor an elegant lunch and exquisite sweets made with the finest Hokkaido ingredients.

Free Bus?! Rusutsu Access: How to Get to Hokkaido’s Huge Ski Resort!

Niseko / Rusutsu Skiing & Snowboarding

Rusutsu Resort is Hokkaido’s largest scale winter resort where you can enjoy premium snow powder and a majestic landscape. There are 37 courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers, and they even offer fun snow activities such as dog sledding and riding snowmobiles. For accommodation, they have the “Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention” and “The Westin Rusutsu Resort,” which both offer a comfortable stay and exquisite Hokkaido cuisine. It takes about 120 minutes to reach Rusutsu Resort from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo. It also has great access as the bus arrives in front of the “Rusutsu Resort Hotel & Convention” North Wing and in front of the “The Westin Rusutsu Resort.” We’ve put together detailed routes to reach Rusutsu Resort from the major areas of Hokkaido. Text & Photos: Kawashima Nobuhiro

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