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Hokkaido’s Sensational Shishamo Festival Serves Smiles All Around to More than 20,000 Visitors!

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On September 6, 2018, Hokkaido was hit by the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi earthquake. Among the affected areas was Mukawa which was struck with violent tremors measuring an intensity of 6 on the Shindo scale, causing great damage to the town (the highest seismic intensity of the earthquake measured Shindo 7). While Mukawa has been in the spotlight because of the earthquake, it has always been famous for its Mukawa Shishamo Festival, a delicious food event held in autumn that is all about shishamo smelt. Usually held in October, this year transformed the traditional one-day festival into a recovery event held on November 3 and 4, bigger and busier than ever! We visited this lively gourmet hot spot and its people!

Discover the Japanese Ice Cream Vending Machines that are Super Popular with Tourists!

Ezaki Glico’s ever-popular Seventeen Ice Cream vending machines are increasingly being visited by more foreign visitors to Japan. We were curious as to the reason behind this phenomenon, so we visited the company to learn more. Perhaps the biggest reason that Seventeen Ice Cream Machines are so popular to those from other countries is that they are so uncommon outside of Japan. In most countries, vending machines are few and far between compared to Japan and even then, they are usually stocked with drinks, not ice cream. So how does it work? In case you haven’t tried it yet, we’ll give you a quick tutorial.

Dining, Entertainment and more! A Close Look at the New Chitose Airport Terminal Building (Part 1 – Shopping & Gourmet)

Sapporo / Chitose Sushi

The New Chitose Airport is the aerial gateway to Hokkaido through which more than 20 million visitors pass each year and it is also the largest airport in Hokkaido. Since the terminal buildings were renovated in 2011, the airport has been transformed into a commercial complex hosting a wide array of new shopping and dining experiences. In addition, entertainment and relaxation facilities have also been added further adding to the attractions offered. Let’s take a closer look at these exciting new facilities in the terminals.

Free Wi-Fi: Staying Connected in Japan

Despite Japan’s reputation as a country on the cutting edge of technology, travelers to Japan may find that the nation is not as generous with Wi-Fi accessibility compared to other major tourist destinations. One thing that you will notice about Wi-Fi in Japan is that is as although there are many available hotspots, places will often require registration (either with an e-mail address or social networking account) as well as the use of a password. Additionally, if it is your first time connecting to a public hotspot, note that you will want to connect to the SSID indicated and then navigate to a website in your browser to complete registration. As Tokyo prepares to welcome more tourists leading up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, Japan is working on ways to alleviate Wi-Fi connectivity problems by updating its citywide Wi-Fi network and making access to Wi-Fi hotspots as smooth as possible. In addition, multi-lingual directions and support are available in a variety of languages including English, traditional and simplified Chinese, Korean, and Thai. For information on Wi-Fi apps, city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, pocket Wi-Fi, and sim cards, use this guide to help you connect during your stay in Tokyo!

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