Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is a popular winter destination for tourists thanks to its Snow Festival in February and many ski resorts. There are, however, lots of things to do in Hokkaido during the other seasons too. Hokkaido was home to the indigenous people of Japan – the Ainu as well, so it really does have a rich history and is well worth a visit.
Shiroi Koibito park (literally translated as “white lover park” in English), Hokkaido’s “Chocolate Factory”, is a must-visit for chocolate and sweet lovers, for families and those interested in the origin of chocolate and chocolate making. There is a beautiful park with a luxurious European style building at the heart of it. If you spend some time in the garden you can see beautiful flowers, a treehouse, seasonal decorations and small colorful play houses for children to enjoy. After entering the building, you can buy a ticket to go on a tour. You will be able to see the Auror
Where to eat.
Sapporo is very famous among the Japanese for its culinary tradition of serving bigger portions compared to any other area of Japan, as well as for its traditional dishes and flavors. In Sapporo, you can find many types of food to satisfy your taste buds. If you are a fan of sushi, for example, eating at any kaiten sushi place (sushi served on a conveyor belt) in Hokkaido is an experience not to be missed, and you’ll immediately notice the difference in the size of the portions. Sapporo also offers a wide variety of cuisines from all over the world, from Chinese to Mexican, you’ll be able to satisfy any special craving you have during your trip. In this article, we would like to tell you about the best places to eat in the town, some of them might not be very well known by tourists, but the locals recognize their quality and great service.
The Best of the Yuki Matsuri 2014
Sapporo’s Snow Festival, also known as the Yuki Matsuri, is the biggest and most important winter festival in all of Japan. It’s during this time when people from all over the world puts on their coats and boots, ready for some fun in the snow, regardless of the cold temperatures. This is the ideal time to enjoy live shows, taste the best of Sapporo’s food or have a romantic date in the snow. Every year, snow and ice artists participate in this festival, which has the support of many volunteers and even the Self-Defense Forces of Japan, making this an event that joins people together from Hokkaido, Japan and from around the World.
Every year, the Yuki Matsuri’s sculptures surprise and amaze the audience, and this year was no exception. Even if the only official competition is the International Snow Sculptures Contest, the main attractions are the enormous sculptures that also act as a stage for the live and light shows. This makes it very hard to choose which sculpture is
Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, the northern island and second largest island of Japan. In 1857, Sapporo’s population consisted of just 7 people; today, it has become the fifth largest city of Japan, with a population around 2 million. The development of Sapporo began in the Meiji period, after Hokkaido was officially recognized as Japanese territory, and the authorities decided to make Sapporo the administrative center of the island. Due to the fact that it is a relatively new city, Sapporo is characterized for having a modern architecture, lacking the traditional Japanese style. However, this does not mean that it doesn’t have a long history. Its name comes from the Ainu language, an ethnic group aborigin of Hokkaido, and means “important river that flows among a plain.” In 1972, Sapporo became a worldwide famous travel destination after hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, and even today, it still is the host of many international sporting events, which has