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Hokkaido Travel: Introducing 7 Charming Towns in the Ibuki and Hidaka Area - Near New Chitose Airport!

Tomakomai Other Nature

Hokkaido has many fascinating charms: hot springs, stunning scenery, incredible skiing and so much more. Also it’s an area renowned for its food - let’s take a look at the amazing sightseeing and gourmet highlights of the Iburi and Hidaka area! With quick and convenient access from New Chitose Airport, come with us to discover just how fascinating and delicious Hokkaido can be.

From Nigiri to Oshizushi! 11 Types of Succulent Salmon Sushi in Japan

Sapporo / Chitose Sushi

Salmon sushi is a popular sushi which has found fans around the world, it is absolutely delicious with a flavor and fattiness which is most pleasing and is packed with omega-3 acids without being too rich or oily. It might seem like a kind of sushi which has been eaten in Japan since forever; after all it is such a taste explosion why wouldn’t it be?

Matcha: How Powdered Green Tea is Produced

Sapporo / Chitose Other Japanese Food

As discussed before, not any powdered tea can be called “matcha” – please see Matcha – Definition and Types for an in-depth explanation. As such, the way green tea is planted, harvested, and processed is fundamental to what makes a product an authentic matcha tea.

All You Need to Know About Japan's New Departure Tax that Started in 2019!

Sapporo / Chitose

Even though visitor numbers to Japan continue to grow year by year, we find that supporting infrastructure such as foreign language signage in hotels or commercial establishments leaves much to be desired. Very little is being done in the area of foreign language communication despite glaring inadequacies, and this is a major issue the country is trying to tackle. With the goal of turning Japan into a major tourist destination, and in order to be able to create a more comfortable environment for foreign visitors in view of current needs, the Japanese government has introduced an "international tourist tax" of 1,000 yen (about US$9) per departing person - also known as the departure tax. The tax will be levied from January 7, 2019 and applies to everyone leaving Japan - whether native Japanese or foreign visitor. However, this gives rise to some questions: Who exactly does this new tax apply to? How do I pay? What is the purpose of this new system? What will the tax be used for? If you're wondering about them yourself, wonder no more, because we have all the answers for you right in this article!

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