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3 Must-Try Sushi Spots in Sapporo Recommended by Locals!

Sapporo / Chitose Sushi

There are many places in Susukino from sushi trains to luxurious shops that serve beautiful sushi at a price you can afford. Here are three shops recommended by the locals where you can experience a sushi train connected to a subway station, one where you can sample fare popular with the regular folk at a reasonable price, and one where the sushi is prepared before your very eyes catering to a more mature clientele.

Complete Hokkaido Fall Foliage Guide: Where are the popular spots? When is the best season to see colorful autumn leaves?

Asahikawa Autumn

In mid-September the summer heat is still at full strength in Kanto and Kansai. However in Hokkaido, koyo (autumn foliage) season begins. Let’s go take a look at the beautifully colored mountains and streets lined with colorful trees!

Careful! Things You "Can" and "Can't" Take Out of Japan

Almost all countries in the world have a variety of import and export regulations. Naturally Japan is no exception. In order to prevent crime and the inflow and spread of pathogens, inspections are conducted at Customs when entering and leaving the country. Most people are aware that they will be screened at Customs when entering a country, but declarations are also required when leaving a country. There is a Customs procedure counter before passing through the security check and receiving the departure inspection. One needs to be careful not to arbitrarily take items prohibited by law outside of Japan for fear of punishment. Saying "I didn't know" is not an acceptable excuse.

Prices in Japan: Expressway Toll, Gasoline, Rental Cars

Other Sightseeing

Japan’s national highways span from the northernmost Hokkaido to Okinawa all the way in the south. As of 2016, they cover a total distance of 9318.6 kilometers. For those who prefer a car to planes and trains, such expressways are the best way to get around the country. In that case, it’s essential to know about expressway tolls, as well as the price of gasoline and rental cars. Expressway tolls cover almost all highway sections, and the general image that people tend to have of Japan is that prices are high. But how high is the price of gasoline in reality, compared to other parts of the world? We’ll go over tolls, gasoline, as well as rental cars to help you plan your budget!

Yakyu: Baseball in Japan

Baseball may be known as America's pastime, but did you know the sport is also extremely popular in Japan? Today, baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan, where it is known as ‘yakyu.’ Baseball fans in Japan enjoy tournaments of both amateur and professional teams. Baseball has a very distinctive place in the life of Japanese people. Sports stadiums like the Tokyo Dome, the Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, or the Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Osaka draw crowds of people whenever a game takes place. Interestingly, instead of using a Japanese variation of the English word for baseball (typically, words of foreign origin are transcribed using the katakana writing system), the Japanese created an entirely new word, ‘yakyu’ as a name for the sport. The kanji for yakyū (野球) literally means "field ball."

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