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Explore with Guide Lan! 3-Day Shiretoko Itinerary for a Summer Adventure & and Must-Know Travel Tips

Shiretoko Forests & Mountains

Located on the northeastern side of Hokkaido, Shiretoko overlooks the Okhotsk Sea. A natural treasure and national park, it boasts abundant wildlife and pristine landscapes and is famous worldwide for its breathtaking winter ice floes. But you know what? Shiretoko is equally impressive in the summer! Many attractions and shops are exclusively open this season, making it a popular destination among locals and tourists. With accessible driving routes and the option to rent bicycles for sightseeing, exploring Shiretoko is relaxed and full of freedom. LIVE JAPAN has invited Lan, an English-speaking Taiwanese guide, to share insider tips and must-try experiences for self-guided Shiretoko exploration, including essential tips for encountering brown bears, hiking around the Five Lakes, enjoying boat tours, and more. Lan has curated a 3-day Shiretoko itinerary, covering everything from mouthwatering local cuisine to comfortable accommodation. Join us on this journey as we explore the charms of summer in Shiretoko! Main image: "It's Hokkaido - Doto Life" Facebook page

10 Best Onsen in Hokkaido: Hot Spring Wonderlands Hidden in Japan's Deep North

Kushiro Hot Springs (Onsen) & Bath Houses (Sento)

In Japan's wild northern island of Hokkaido, onsen hot springs can be found in a variety of tranquil places. With so many volcanically active areas, such as Asahi-dake, the Shiretoko Mountain Range, Mount Meakan, Mount Io (Atosanupuri) and Mount Usu, the island is bubbling with activity. Many of these Hokkaido onsen hot springs can be found in breathtaking areas. Some can be found beside scenic coastlines, while others are nestled within evergreen-speckled valleys. What's more, there is a massive variety of hot spring water types - including some with organic plant matter. One could call Hokkaido a hot spring paradise. So what are some of the best Hokkaido onsen to visit? Here we'll introduce Hokkaido’s popular hot spring areas you'll want to add to your bucket list! (Main image: PIXTA)

'Zangi' Fried Chicken: Hokkaido's 'Soul Food' & 3 Iconic Restaurants in Kushiro To Enjoy It

Obihiro Other Japanese Food

Want to try a classic, local Hokkaido dish? Then you won't want to skip Zangi! Zangi, also known as the 'soul food of Hokkaido', is a Japanese fried chicken dish from eastern Hokkaido's Kushiro City. But Zangi isn't your average fried chicken. Today we speak to the owner of a specialty Zangi shop, Torimatsu, who tells us everything we've ever wanted to know about Zangi, including its origin, its similarities and differences from karaage and Zantare, and how it became a local specialty. Finally, we will also introduce three famous Zangi shops that you can visit in Kushiro.

Your Trip to Sapporo City: Complete Guide (Events, Activities, Hotels, Savers & More)

Sapporo / Chitose Other Sightseeing

Discover the charm of Sapporo, a vibrant city in northern Japan known for its stunning natural beauty, delicious cuisine, and unique cultural experiences. From bustling markets to picturesque landscapes, Sapporo offers a memorable adventure for travelers of all ages. Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, is a must-see destination that seamlessly blends a modern feel with nature. Renowned for its delightful cuisine, friendly locals, and year-round festivals, Sapporo promises an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a taste of authentic Japanese culture. Image: PIXTA

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