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Hakodate Guide for First-Timers: Best Places and Ideal Course for Strolling Around Motomachi

Hakodate Historical Places

A stroll around Motomachi is a sightseeing must when in Hakodate! Hakodate is a city overflowing with foreign atmosphere and many excellent photo spots, from the view of the harbor looking down from Hachimanzaka to its many other historical buildings and churches such as the Former British Consulate of Hakodate. Hakodate has many attractions such as the night view from Mt. Hakodate and Goryokaku, but this time we will introduce recommended walking courses in the Motomachi area noted for its many scenic spots which can be walked in a couple of hours or so.

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.

Crispy, Tasty & Addictive! All About Japanese "Senbei" Rice Crackers

Sapporo / Chitose Other Japanese Food

If you haven’t tried them, senbei are a type of traditional Japanese cracker that have been enjoyed for centuries. First introduced to Japan via China in the Tang Dynasty, the original senbei were made from potato and had a cake-like texture. Since the Edo period, however, a salty soy sauce variety of senbei made with toasted rice became popular and nowadays senbei are popularly made with the same toasted rice recipe.

Free Bus?! Access Guide to Hokkaido’s Huge “Rusutsu 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

Choice Spots

  • Asahikawa
  • Hakodate
  • Noboribetsu / Lake Toya
  • Otaru
  • Sapporo / Chitose

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