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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!

6 Places for Sapporo Ramen, as Recommended by Local Ramen Connoisseurs

Sapporo / Chitose Ramen

We’ll be venturing outside the heart of Sapporo City, where local ramen experts will be recommending shops that you should definitely visit to get a taste of local Sapporo ramen! To the Japanese, the flavor of ramen is close to their heart. Even in the alleys and streets that the locals' lives revolve around, you can taste the unique flavor and personality that gave rise to the renowned shops there. The shops that we are recommending have measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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!

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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