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World-famous Hokkaido seafood and produce! Introducing the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market Curb Market

Sapporo / Chitose Other Shopping

The Sapporo City Central Wholesale Market is affectionately referred to as “Hokkaido’s Kitchen”. The seas around Hokkaido are rich fishing grounds providing salmon, herring, mackerel, Atka mackerel, and several other marine products. The market also receives shipments of potatoes and other vegetables, as well as melons and other kinds of fruit, from all parts of Hokkaido. The general public is not able to enter the Central Wholesale Market—however anyone is able to shop in the Outer (or “Curb”) Market! Here products are received directly from the wholesale market supplying around 60 retailers and eating establishments with the freshest produce imaginable.

Makeup and Skincare Must-Buys at Best 100 Yen Shop Daiso!

100 Yen Shops

Fueling your makeup addiction is pricy, but being beautiful doesn't have to hurt your wallet. With a plethora of items priced at just 100 yen, it's no surprise that Daiso’s selection of beauty products have earned it legions of budget conscious fans across Japan. Enter a Daiso anywhere in Japan, and you will be surprised at the dizzying selection of beauty and skin care items in stock. It can be difficult when there’s so many products to choose from! We set out to find the best that Daiso has to offer.

Otaru: Sightseeing, food and shopping!

Otaru Downtown

The port of Otaru developed around 150 years ago as the economic center of Hokkaido during the Meiji and Taisho periods (late 19th/early 20th century). It is now is one of Hokkaido’s leading tourist destinations. The canal and the bank buildings survive today just as they were during that historic period, giving the town its distinctive nostalgic and romantic feel. Take a walk along the canal and enjoy the atmosphere of a bygone era, or go browsing in Otaru’s glassware shops - the town is renowned for its glass products! Or else sample some of the unique fish and seafood dishes served in the restaurants around the port.

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!

The Working Holiday Visa in Japan

Working holiday is a visa program that allows young people to spend time in the Japan while allowing them to engage in employment as a way to supplementing their travel funds. Only countries or regions that have signed a bilateral arrangements with Japan can benefit from it. Depending on your country, if you are between the ages of 18 and 30, you might be eligible to participate. The aim of the working holiday visa program is to offer youth from countries around the world the chance to broaden their horizons by providing opportunities to learn about a foreign country’s culture and lifestyle. Japan began their working holiday program in 1980 with Australia. As of 2016, Japan has included a total of 16 countries and regions as part of this program. Over 10,000 people have Japanese obtained working holiday visas.

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