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5 Fun Water Activities To Do in Hokkaido: Enjoy The Great Outdoors Near Sappporo in Summer

Sapporo / Chitose Outdoor Activities

Enjoy an action-packed afternoon of watersports in Hokkaido! The nature-filled area around Sapporo is a perfect place where you can enjoy a variety of fun activities, from kayaking to rafting, cruising to canyoning, and more. Some of the more popular areas to visit on a day trip include Chitose City and its Lake Shikotsu, plus Jozankei Onsen, Otaru City, and Furano City. Here we will share five fun water activities you can do in the green season and how to book your own experience.

Adorable Animal-Themed Desserts at Shiroi Koibito Park: Enjoy a Drink with a Long-Tailed Tit Design!

Sapporo / Chitose Theme Parks

Located in Hokkaido Prefecture’s Sapporo City, Shiroi Koibito Park is offering limited-edition desserts during this year's holiday season. Using many of Hokkaido’s animals as a motif, desserts will be offered during their event, Shiroi Koibito Park: A White Christmas with Hokkaido’s Adorable Animals. These original desserts are made centering around Hokkaido’s animals and the color white to remind you of snow as well as the Shiroi Koibito cookie. Additionally, this event is scheduled to have many attractions as well as limited-edition products. Shiroi Koibito Park is easily accessible from Sapporo City, so why not add it to your list of places to visit during the wintertime?

Here's The Best Hokkaido Crab (And Where To Find It At Nijo Market!)

Sapporo / Chitose Sashimi

Many people will say, "When you're in Hokkaido, you have to try Hokkaido crab!" Surrounded by the cool sea, Hokkaido is a crab hotspot. Here you can find many restaurants offering a variety of crab delights, plus companies that immediately process crabs imported from Russia and Alaska. Now we know that crab with the right amount of saltiness, deliciousness, and sweetness that fills your mouth is what you are looking for! But what kind of crab can you find in Hokkaido and when is it most delicious? We spoke with Marumi Osanai Shoten, a crab processor in Nijo Market, which is very popular with travelers, to find out!

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

Kushiro 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.

What is Robatayaki? Discover Japan's Ultimate Grilling Experience

Kushiro Other Japanese Food

Robatayaki is a Japanese cooking method where ingredients are grilled in front of restaurant guests. Translated directly as "fireside-cooking," robatayaki is said to have originated in Sendai City in the Tohoku region. Once it reached Kushiro City in eastern Hokkaido, a region rich in seafood, it spread throughout Japan. Here, we look at the long-established robatayaki restaurant, Robata, in Kushiro City to explore the history of robatayaki and how it is served.

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