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

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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!

Child-Friendly Japanese Foods

Sapporo / Chitose Udon & Soba

“Ewww! I don’t want to eat that!” One of the best things about traveling in Japan is the opportunity to try the local cuisine. But if you intend to travel with children, you might be worried that every meal will turn into a struggle. No problem! There are plenty of dishes in Japan that are familiar enough for picky eaters. No need to cancel your dinner plans, just ask for the kid’s menu and order some—

Sapporo to Furano/Biei Japan: Visiting the Gorgeous Floral Wonderlands of Hokkaido!

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo Landscapes

The hills in Hokkaido's Furano and Biei areas are colored purple with lavender fields where a variety of flower gardens can be seen. This exquisite scenery is a source of local pride. Get out and enjoy the great views of Biei and Furano lavender fields by visiting during their blooming season, which is from mid to late July. While these fields are positioned closer to the city of Asahikawa, there are many ways to get there, making a day trip from Sapporo possible. Here we share the perfect itinerary to make the most of the region!

'What is Tofu Anyway?' Everything You Need to Know About Tofu

Sapporo / Chitose

Japanese food is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. Like Japanese culture, the flavors are often more subtle than, say, Mexican or Indian food. But within this seemingly simplistic cuisine is depth and complexity. How is this possible? The answer lies in the ingredients. Japanese cuisine uses many unfamiliar and unique ingredients. One such ingredient is tofu. Tofu can be found en masse at Japanese grocery stores and is a staple in Japanese cooking. Here’s all you need to know about this Japanese kitchen heavyweight!

Visiting Hokkaido Japan: 11 Essentials to Know Before Traveling to Japan's Wild North!

Sapporo / Chitose Other Sightseeing

Travel to Hokkaido, Japan's gorgeous northernmost island, and you'll find spectacular scenery, incredible food, and friendly people. But when planning your next vacation to Hokkaido Japan, you'll want to keep these 11 key things in mind - including the island's unique weather, local cuisine, and even the dialect!

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