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  • Sapporo Clock Tower
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitaichijounishi 2-chome Former Sapporo Agricultural College Demonstration Center
    The clock tower familiarly, called “Sapporo Clock Tower” was originally constructed as a drill hall for the former Sapporo Agricultural College, the predecessor of Hokkaido University. Originally there was no bell tower but only a mechanism of pulling a rope to ring a small bell, however, the bell tower was constructed in 1881 under the direction of the Governor Kiyotaka Kuroda and since then a Howard pendulum type clock has been in use. It is about 10 minutes on foot from the nearest Odoori Station. The first floor serves as a museum displaying the history of the clock tower and on the second floor you can experience the atmosphere of the historic drill hall and view the workings of the clock.

    Its really interesting to see this colonial preserved building stand proudly in the middle of the concrete jungle. There is a small museum inside and gives you a nice overview of the history of...

  • Sapporo TV Tower
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 1
    Built in the eastern end of Odori Park, this television tower has a height of 147.2 meters. It was constructed when television broadcasting first began in Sapporo. Now it is popular as a view spot that affords a 360° view of Sapporo’s urban area. One can appreciate the scenery of Sapporo’s four seasons including the abundant greenery of Odori Park, the YOSAKOI Soran Festival, and the Sapporo Snow Festival from the observatory that is 90.38 meters from the ground below. Inside the tower is a restaurant and shop selling merchandise for the television tower’s character, Terebi Otosan (TV Dad).

    Didnt bother to go up the tower itself, but the area surrounding the tower is pleasant, with Odori Park and some food stalls.

  • Hokkaido University
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Kita-ku Kitahachijounishi 5
    Hokkaido University, which first opened as Sapporo Agriculture College in 1876. After that, it has made a great contribution not only to agriculture, but also to the development of Hokkaido. The words Professor Clark left for his students on his departure from Sapporo “Boys be ambitious!” remain as the university’s motto today. The university grounds are enormous, the Sapporo campus being approximately 1.77 million square meters, which is the size of 38 Tokyo Dome baseball stadiums. Walking around the nature-filled campus with its avenues lined with poplars and elm forests is an enjoyable experience.

    Lining both sides of the roads, leading towards Hokkaido University are multi hue coloured maple trees, its leaves in crimson orange, stunning red, brown, maroon & yellow. Gingko nut trees in bright...

  • Noboribetsu Jigokudani
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuonsenchou
    This valley is all that remains of an ancient volcanic crater, and is lined with geysers and fumaroles. The hot springs sourced here run to Noboribetsu Onsen. The foaming, boiling scenery led to it being called Demon-dwelling Hell. It's also a perfect autumn leaf viewing spot, when the hillsides are painted red with autumn colors.

    Its no surprise that there are so many Onsen in Noboribetsu. The place is full of geological and thermal activity, and you can clearly see it in hells valley. The warm water is flowing freely and...

  • Farm Tomita
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    Hokkaido Sorachi-gun Nakafurano Town Near base line 15
    Farm Tomita is a tourist farm in Furano, Hokkaido, which is called “lavender heaven.” Beautiful lavender fills an entire field. The flowering period is from late June for the early blooms until early August for the late blooms. The best time to see Lavender East, the biggest lavender field in Japan, is from early until mid-July. There is also a shop on the site that handles pot pourri and perfume made from lavender as well as a cafe. Even in the off-season, you can enjoy a variety of flower fields.

    A must visit when traveling to Hokkaido during Summer where you can witness abundance of vivid colors. Access only by self drive, taxi or tour buses. The farm is beautifully managed and there are...

  • Hokkaido Shrine
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Miyagaoka 474
    Hokkaido Shrine is located about 15 minutes’ walk from Maruyama Koen Station on the Tozai Line. It was erected to worship the three deities of reclamation: Okunitama no kami, the deity of reclamation and development, Onamuchi no kami, and Sukunabikona no kami. In 1955, the Meiji Emperor, who adopted Western culture and built the foundations of Japan, was newly enshrined. Hokkaido Shrine is also known as a famous place for cherry blossoms in the spring and is popular among the local people.

    Hokkaido Jingu is a larger shrine built to commemorate the Japanese founding of Sapporo and colonization of Hokkaido in general. Its a more modern shrine - plenty of dressed stone and concrete - but...

  • Nikka Whisky Hokkaido Factory Yoichi Distillery
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    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 7-6
    The first Nikka Whisky distillery built in 1934 by Masataka Taketsuru who after visiting Scotland became the first Japanese person to master the whisky manufacturing process. Here you can come and see for yourself the whole distillery process. Inside the distillery you can find many things of interest such as displays on the history of whisky and its manufacturing process, a whisky museum where you can sample some whisky for yourself, and you can also see the former residence of Masataka Taketsuru which was originally in Yamada Town in the suburbs of Yoichi Town but dismantled and rebuilt here in the distillery. There are nine buildings on the distillery premises which have been designated as tangible cultural assets of Japan such as the distillation building and the first whisky storehouse.

    This is a very interesting distillery, with an interesting history. Tours are only available in Japanese, but we had a guide who was able to translate into English for us. It is possible to tour the...

  • Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou 14-12
    The Kanemori Warehouses in Hakodate are a complex of warehouses now used for general purposes. There are shops, the Hakodate Beer Hall and more in the Kanemori Youbutsukan and Hakodate Street Plaza, and BAY Hakodate has cafes and a chapel. The fourth area is Kanemori Hall, which hosts concerts and other events. The warehouses are lit up at night for a totally different atmosphere from the daytime.

    This is probably the main shopping area of Hakodate. There is a wide selection of food, cafes, shops and one can spend many hours exploring this place. There is free wifi. There is also a foreign...

  • Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka
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    Hokkaido Kamikawagumbieichou Shinsei number 3
    Visitors to Shikisai-no-oka in the summer can enjoy the beautiful vistas of colorful flower fields, while in the winter they can experience standing in the midst of a vast expanse of snow. Besides the extensive flower gardens, farmers’ fields and Alpaca ranch, Shikisai-no-oka also has a farm guesthouse where visitors can stay. The farm shop sells vegetables grown locally, as well as other products sourced directly from local farmers. Shikisai-no-oka is located 25 minutes’ walk from JR Bibaushi Station.

    The flowers were very colourful and beautiful, even on a wet and rainy day. Its free to enter, and you only have to pay if you want to take the rides. Worth a visit to see the immense fields of...

  • Lake Toya
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    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen
    This is the third largest caldera lake in Japan with an area of the ninth largest lake nationally in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. While visitors can experience the magnificence of nature, it is also a hot spring resort with an abundance of hot water and many inns and hotels. It is one of Hokkaido’s most popular resort areas where you can enjoy activities such as pleasure boats, canoes and dairy experiences.

    Truly magnificent. We drove round the lake and enjoy the scenery, You could view different views from different part of the lake. Every view marks a good postcard collection.

  • Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Motomachi 19-7
    The ropeway at Mt. Hakodate is about a ten-minute walk from the Jujigai tram stop and about ten minutes by car from Hakodate Station and right next to the ruins of the Nambujinya encampment. The gondolas are large with seating for 125 people, and have two stations, one at the base of the mountain and also at the peak observatory station. The top speed is seven meters per second and the top of the 334-meter-high mountain is reached in about three minutes. The beautiful seasonal scenery from the observatory deck at the summit and night view of Hakodate is highly regarded as the world's best and is a representative of tourism in the city. It is often crowded for an hour or two after sunset with people visiting to see the night view.

    Quite crowded during the sunset time. But it was worth waiting when the lights in the city slowly brighten up. But the view is great. Eventhough it was also crowded in the ropeway during the way...

  • Main Building of the Otaru Music Box Museum
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sumiyoshichou 4-1
    This landmark of Otaru, the Otaru Music Box Museum is located on a corner of the Marchen Intersection of Otaru Sakaimachi street and Irifune street. Housed in a red brick structure built in 1912, this store displays music boxes collected from all over Japan and the world resplendent with a warm radiant atmosphere. The steam-powered clock by the entranceway announces the time every 15 minutes with a blast of steam and a melody. It is a popular photo opportunity spot.

    Various of choices for music box, no matter western style or Japanese typical. Right place to visit especially during winter, atmosphere of Christmas in the house

  • Abashiri Prison Museum
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    Hokkaido Abashirishi Yobito 1-1
    This historic museum has preserved the former Abashiri Prison barracks as an outdoor museum. It was completely renovated in 2010. The virtual prison movie titled ''Forests Where Inmates in a Red Prison Uniform Worked'' is a must-see digital stereophonic theater experience focusing on the harsh working conditions of the erstwhile prisoners captured with the latest technology. One can explore the facility on a Guided Prison Tour, or actually eat the food the prisoners were given with the Experience Prison Food encounter. Two of the structures, 8 wards, transferred here are treasured as Japan's Important Cultural Properties.

    With jpy100 we bought a little stamp booklet for our kids to do tracking and collecting stamps. A well organised museum with interesting demonstration with those wax figures. They look so real in the...

  • Historical Village of Hokkaido
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Atsubetsu-ku Atsubetsuchou Konopporo 50-1
    The Historical Village of Hokkaido is an outdoor museum which reproduces the frontier days of Hokkaido where you can learn about frontier history. There are four separate areas which are the Farm Village, the Sea Village, the Mountain Village and the City and you can walk through each village to experience the different atmospheres. At the Frontier Village Restaurant in the museum, you can eat the simple but delicious “Imo Mochi” and the restaurant’s original Tondenhei (Settlers’) Set Meal.

    It gives a great impression of how a historic community looked like. Be it a town, fishermen or mountain village. The only downside is the following:we were visiting in December, with quite some...

  • Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill
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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Toyohira-ku Hitsujigaoka 1
    Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is one of Hokkaido's best tourist attractions. Sheep are kept on the rolling hills where the lush greenery dazzles the eyes, and the heart is warmed by the idyllic countryside scenery. A statue of Dr. William Smith Clark who served as the first vice-principal at Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University) can be seen on the observation deck. It’s a popular place to come and have your photograph taken. At the Hitsujigaoka Rest House you can have some Mongolian-style mutton barbecue food.

    Sadly, I was there at a time where the lavender was not growing. They have a very nice shop with various goods made of lavender. There is also a very good Mutton restaurant, if you are into that...

  • Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 11-13
    The Old Public Hall was completed in 1910 and constructed at a total cost of 58,000 yen, 50,000 yen of which was donated by Mr. Teppei Soma, a leading Hokkaido businessman. The building is impressive with its blue and yellow coloring and symmetrical colonial style. It is also famous for being the dormitory of Emperor Taisho when he was the Crown Prince. In 1974 it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of the country. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Suehiro-cho” tram stop.

    It looks so beautiful in photographs and was so disappointed to see the building under wraps and closed for construction.

  • Royce’ Chocolate World
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    Hokkaido Chitoseshi Bibi New Chitose Airport Terminal Building 3F Smile/Road
    Located inside the New Chitose Airport terminal building, Royce’ Chocolate World is a chocolate-related entertainment facility operated by Royce’ Confect Co., Ltd. Inside the facility there is a small-scale chocolate factory where visitors can watch chocolate being made through a transparent glass window, a museum with displays on the raw materials used to make chocolate, the history of chocolate, and other chocolate-related topics. There is also a shop selling the confectionery and pastries made in the factory. Both children and adults will have a great time here.
  • Hakodate Orthodox Church
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Motomachi 3-13
    With the beautiful contrast between its green roof and white walls, Hakodate Orthodox Church was Japan’s first Russian Orthodox church. It is located at the top of Daimi-saka going up from Benten Suehiro-dori Street. The current church was built in 1916 to replace the original church that was burnt down in the great fire in Hakodate in the Meiji period, and it was subsequently designated as an Important Cultural Property. In 1996, the sound of the bell in the tower was chosen as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan.

    A short visit will do. The exterior is nothing special. I was unable to enter thus cant comment much.

  • Kamaei (factory direct shop)
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    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 3-7
    Kamaei is a long-standing kamaboko seasoned fish paste company founded in 1905. In addition to conventional kamaboko served on a wooden plank, Kamaei offers a wide variety of kamaboko products, including Shiokaze kamaboko formed by steaming it in a plastic film to shape it; kamaboko steamed with crab and other seafood on top; and Noshi Kamaboko, a terrine-like dish made by combining layers of kamaboko. The Kamaei plant offers factory tours as well as selling kamaboko direct to customers. There's also a cafe space where you can enjoy fresh-cooked kamaboko and unusual kamaboko dishes served no place else.

    Very fresh fish cakes with amazing, different fillings. Help yourself to free flow hot tea when you eat-in. You can view their kitchen and watch how they prepare. Many locals bought frozen ones to...

  • Daisetsuzan Sounkyo-Kurodake Ropeway
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    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Kamikawacho Sounkyo
    "This ropeway joining the Sounkyo Hot Spring with Mt. Kurodake sits as the front entrance to Daisetsuzan National Park. The large-scale gondola fits 101 people, and takes you up to the fifth station of Mt. Kurodake. If you continue on by taking the lift, you can get up to the seventh station at an elevation of 1520 meters. It is used by both casual tourists, and mountain climbers headed for the peak. It takes seven minutes one-way, and comes at 20-minute intervals. On days with good weather, you can get above the ""cloud sea"" and see the Mt. Daisetsuzan Mountain Range."

    The walk around the summit requires a certain amount of dexterity but the views are very good. It can be very cold and windy so wear warm clothing. The day I was there the temperature was just below...

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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