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7 Incredible Winter Hokkaido Tours: Enjoy a World of Snow and Ice!

Kushiro Rivers, Lakes & Canyons

Cold winters create opportunities for special Hokkaido tours that can only be had under such harsh conditions. Besides winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, Hokkaido has many other winter attractions such as trekking, dog sledding, and smelt fishing. We'll tell you more about Hokkaido tours offering great winter outdoor activities you can experience in winter in Hokkaido in this article. In addition to telling you about the tours, we will also tell you about what you should prepare for them for reference purposes when deciding where to go.

Carbs on Carbs: Top 5 Weird Ways Japan Took Baked Goods to Another Level

Sapporo / Chitose

When it comes to food, some of the most unique culinary creations found in Japan are not limited to high-class restaurants, but can be found at the humble convenience store or supermarket. Often they no longer resemble the original inspiration in terms of appearance, but are distinguished by their rich and interesting flavor combinations as well. When most people think about “bread,” usually a vision of baguettes, rolls or sandwiches comes to mind. In Japan, these common varieties are joined by a unique genre known as souzai pan (“pan” being the word for bread in Japanese). Despite their being found practically everywhere in Japan, since souzai pan blend in with their common counterparts so well, most are not immediately recognized by foreign visitors. But if you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find just to what extent bread is as much a food as it is an artistic medium.

12 Vegetarian & Vegan Sushi Rolls You'll Want to Try

Sapporo / Chitose Sushi

One of the enduring images of Japanese food is of course sushi, which in a way you could call one of the world’s first fast-foods! Its roots lay in how fermented rice was great for storing salted fish, and from this tradition of storing fish with rice chefs started serving up fresh fish on rice in the Edo Period (1603-1868). The final perfected version of sushi is believed to have been dreamed up by a chef in 1824 in Ryogoku, Tokyo, and it was popular with riverside workers. Normally served at street stalls, it was certainly a larger portion of rice and fish then you see today. It was quite a different world to the modern version where sushi is popular in expensive restaurants. However, regardless of whether you are going to an expensive sushi restaurant or a more modestly priced one, a sushi restaurant isn’t going to help if you are hungry but are a vegetarian. However, sushi doesn’t necessarily mean just fish on rice. For a visitor to Japan sushi is a major attraction and actually there are many vegetarian and vegan options available. To help make your food tour absolutely perfect we have brought together some of these.

JR Hokkaido Free Passes have been updated, making travel more convenient and economical!

Sapporo / Chitose Other Sightseeing

Trains are an indispensable means of transportation for sightseeing in Hokkaido. The Hokkaido Rail Pass, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, and JR Tohoku-South Hokkaido Rail Pass for international tourists have been updated as of April 1, 2021 for added convenience. Plus, two new types of “Free Passes” are also available! Main image: Peera_stockfoto / Shutterstock.com

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