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Ichimura Soba in Niseko

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Japan Rail in Furano

Arriving at Naka-Furano Station The gateway to the region of Furano Only a ten minute walk from Naka-Furano Station Rent scooters and bikes in Naka-Furano Down the line at Furano Station Find maps and get advice at the station Arriving at Naka-Furano Station I arrived in the region of Furano on a local train after […]

Japanese Beer in Hokkaido

Enjoy a beer, Japanese style Sapporo Beer Sapporo beer For many, beer is an important aspect of society. It is the world’s oldest alcoholic drink and ranks as the third most popular drink over all, falling short just behind water and tea. Many first-time visitors to Japan will be surprised by the convenience of beer […]

Jiyouken Ramen in Hakodate

Hakodate shio ramen, simple yet delicious Jiyouken storefront in Hakodate Simple decor, with tables and counter seats Sizeable menu with ramen, chahan and drinks Shio ramen and chahan Atmosphere is traditional and authentic Jiyouken is Hakodate shio (salt) ramen at its simplest and finest. Located off a small, quiet street about 10 minutes' walk from […]

Jolly Jelly Fish in Hakodate

Jolly Jelly Fish – a quirky bar and restaurant Store from the outside Menu in Japanese only Vintage decor with a surf theme Steak and rice pilaf (sutepi) Margherita pizza French fries Jolly Jelly Fish is a unique Japanese-Western restaurant near the Mt. Hakodate Ropeway in Hakodate with great atmosphere and delicious food. Open for […]

JR Hokkaido’s Kushiro Station

JR Hokkaido‘s Kushiro Station Arriving at the station on the Senmo Line Well wishes from Japan Rail Chapel next to the station Plenty of taxis available Helpful travel center inside the main lobby JR Hokkaido’s Kushiro Station Whether you want to move north to the Akan National Park region, to Nemuro and the easternmost part […]

Juntara Indian Restaurant

Coconut chicken curry and garlic naan Posters on the wall fool you into thinking you're in Nepal Never a dull moment at Juntara Vegetable soup curry, served with a bed of soft safron rice Vegetable curry and plain naan Decorations adorn the inside of Juntara In my opinion, food is much more than a means […]


If you’re dining in a group of four, I recommend ordering at least two monja dishes Cooking monja is quite enjoyable. The restaurant offers instructions in Japanese, and the friendly staff can also cook for you Jyuzo also specialises in okonomiyaki, the chefs prepare it on a giant hotplate right before your eyes I highly […]

Kame – Niseko’s Secret Restaurant [Closed]

The Secret Restaurant Open plan kitchen Sashimi and grilled fish lunch set Everything on the plate is local produce Kame Kame is surrounded by beautiful gardens and farmland The Secret Restaurant (Photo: Clifford Bernstein) Archived content The location on this page has been reported permanently closed. Last updated: May 11, 2021 As a Hotel Manager […]

Katte Don at Kushiro’s Washo Market

My Katte Don at Washo Fish Market in Kushiro Washo Fish Market in Kushiro, Hokkaido Be careful not to get carried away The Katte Don stall I selected Plenty of seafood to choose from and take home A popular market for the locals My Katte Don at Washo Fish Market in Kushiro I always lean […]

Kawayu Onsen’s Kinkiyu Hotel

The Kinkiyu Hotel in Kawayu-Onsen An increbile and generous seafood feast Delicious sashimi The Kinkiyu Hotel in Kawayu-Onsen My first experience enjoying a Kaiseki meal at a traditional ryokan in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto was a seminal moment in my travels in Japan. I was amazed at the intricate blade work, the perfectly executed […]

Kawayu-Onsen Station

Kawayu-Onsen Station on JR’s Semmo Line Entrance to the station North or south, your choice Waiting for the train to Abashiri Traditional woodstove heats the station Japanese comfort food 101 Kawayu-Onsen Station on JR’s Semmo Line The Semmo Line on Japan Rail’s network of trains in Hokkaido offers its riders access to some of the […]

Kezudenki Kutchan

The entrance to K’s Denki on the intersection of Route 5 & 478 in Kutchan The store features an inviting and accessible single level layout Friendly staff will assist you as best as possible if you have any inquires Clear signage makes navigating K’s Denki a little less daunting compared to larger electronic stores K’s […]

Kushiro Airport

Kushiro Airport is well served with smaller regional aircraft such as this Hokkaido Air System Saab 340B Sculpture outside the airport Inside the terminal Kushiro Airport is located in eastern Hokkaido, and serves as a gateway to the impressive nature and wildlife that can be found in this region of Japan. The airport has routes […]

Kushiro Fisherman’s Wharf MOO

Kushiro fog surrounds the market MOO’s main floor A great accompaniment to your morning coffee Wood carvings of local nature Carousels of candy Pacific Saury “Grill-master” Kushiro fog surrounds the market The cold marine air that moves in and around the port city of Kushiro and mixes with warmer spring temperatures can create unpredictable weather […]

Kutchan Co-Op

Kutchan Co-Op Great range of pre-packaged meals Huge range of pre-packaged meats often at discounted prices an hour before closing Seasonal fresh produce Local and imported wines A decent range of medicines Kutchan Co-Op When it comes to planning a holiday in Niseko, one of the things that often slides down the list of priorities […]

Kutchan Nights: A Go-Go Bus

The Kutchan Night Go Bus Hirafu Welcome Center located in the upper right corner – marked with a star Kutchan at Night The Kutchan Night Go Bus Throughout Hokkaidō, Kutchan is known for its proximity to the world famous Niseko powder snow, and is most likely the arrival point for those travelling via the JR […]

La Laiterie Nakashibetsu

Entrance Sign from the road Cosy Interior The payment counter Menu Yogurt three ways: eat, drink, and delight (ice cream) Yogurt ice cream – milk tea flavor Freshly made yogurt and cheese Limited rhubarb jam Opened in the 1990's, La Laiterie Nakashibetsu is a small cosy cafe serving fresh hand-made yogurt products in Nakashibetsu. A […]

M Pocket

M Pocket is in downtain Kutchan, a seven minute walk from Kutchan Station A range of Mexican, Thai, Indian and American foods are sold at M Pocket M Pocket stocks a great range of local whisky, some of which has won the worlds best whisky awards Although M Pocket is quite a small store, you’re […]


I highly recommend the fresh sashimi platter, it is up there with the best I have tasted in Kutchan The inviting interior is typical of most izakayas in Japan, offering counter, tatami floor and table seating A nice, clean and friendly layout (Photo: Marukyu-shoten) A sweet chili pork and onion dish is served as an […]

Memanbetsu Airport

The Memanbetsu Airport Convenience store at the airport Bus services are available at the front of the airport Memanbestu Airport is situated in Okhotsk subprefecture, Hokkaido, and offers air connectivity to Tokyo, Sapporo, Osaka, and Nagoya. The region is rich with nature activities, and Memanbetsu is the closest airport to the Shiretoko National Park as […]

Memeru: Bar & Cafe

The cute exterior of Memeru The menu with a wide range of options from seafood to hamburger steak to curry They have a cute classic stove in one corner as decoration They have counter seats, especially for those just checking out the bar Comfortable seating for an enjoyable eating experience Omelette curry, one of their […]

Monbetsu Ryoshi Shokudo

Preparing the crab meat You’re able to enjoy the fruits of your labor in various ways A daunting scene – but it certainly makes you appreciate this delicacy! The town of Monbetsu, in Hokkaido's far north east, is known for several things – primarily for the drift ice that you'll find off their coast in […]

Mozart Cafe & Restaurant, Izumikyo

To this day, the best sweet I have ever eaten! Cream cheese cake with fruit sauce Cafe & Restaurant Mozart The cafe occaisionally hosts local and national pianists and violinists for concerts The outdoor terrace offers great views of Mt Yotei The berries used for sweet dishes are grown in the garden! Mozart is open […]

Nakashibetsu Airport

Outside the Nakashibetsu Airport The lines here are often non-existent The check-in and bag drop area Nakashibetsu Airport is a smaller regional airport that serves the northeastern portion of Hokkaido. The airport operates daily flights to and from Tokyo's Haneda Airport, and three flights a day to and from Sapporo's New Chitose Airport. Due to […]

Nijo Fish Market

Mini Salmon Ikura Don from Ohiso: the portion was generous for a mini don and oh so fresh! The fresh and huge crabs that Hokkaido is so famous for. The Nijo Fish Market is relatively quiet on a Tuesday late morning. Fresh ikura that bursts in your mouth, creating the most delicious sensation. Various types […]

Niseko’s Rakuichi

Soba, at its simple best Proprietors and chefs Midori and Rai Iberico pork shabu-shabu half way through kaiseki course Tempura fried rock-fish Rai-san preparing a fresh serving of noodles Midori-san lighting up the shabu-shabu pot Soba, at its simple best (Photo: Cliff Bernstein) Noodles are an obsession in Japan often missed as trade warriors and […]

Norbesa Entertainment Center

Mandarake Anime doll shop has every coinceivable character for you to take home in Norbesa Suskino Sapporo Noria Ferris Wheel and Neon Skyscrapers light up the skyline in Susukino, Sapporo downtown’s largest entertainment district The sky is the limit at the Noria Ferris Wheel at Norbesa Sapporo Mandarake Anime doll shop has every coinceivable character […]

Occi Gabi Winery in Hokkaido

Step up to the winery Occi Gabi Winery Occu Gabi View Step up to the winery Many people have heard of, or even visited, the famed Nikka Whiskey distillery in Yoichi, Hokkaido. Weekends especially see a lot a people getting off the train from Otaru to file through the door of this little country train […]

Okhotsk Monbetsu Airport

Okhotsk Monbetsu Airport is a smaller regional airport, but pleasant to transit through Since this is a smaller airport, you’ll generally have to walk to the building itself. Bring a jacket in winter! The mascot of Monbetsu, Monta, may be there to greet you! If you're looking to explore the far northeast of Hokkaido, the […]

Otaru Beer’s Leibspeise in Sapporo

A 500ml glass of Dunkel at Otaru Beer’s Leibspeise in Sapporo The third-floor entrance to Leibspeise displays a cupboard of beer mugs A collection of bottles line the dining room wall A 500ml glass of Dunkel at Otaru Beer’s Leibspeise in Sapporo Just after 4:00 on a Monday afternoon isn't exactly a bustling time for […]

Otaru Station

JR Hokkaido – always on-time! The canals at dusk The nearby canals of Otaru Crossing the canal Remnants of a herring dynasty JR Hokkaido’s Otaru Station Otaru Station, located less than an hour from Sapporo, is the perfect day-trip excursion from the big city. JR Hokkaido offers a number of local, semi-rapid and rapid train […]

Press Cafe in Otaru

Press Cafe is located near the Otaru canal in a renovated stone warehouse The exterior and interior of the cafe are tastefully decorated The decor of the cafe is retro and cozy Vintage car inside the cafe The menu includes Japanese pasta dishes and curries The coffee menu is stylish A great place to enjoy […]

Ramen in Sapporo at Meijinbou

The impressive and delicious Kakuni Ramen The warm, inviting glow of Meijinbou Ramen Sapporo – the city of ramen The impressive and delicious Kakuni Ramen Saying you’ve had ramen in Sapporo is like saying you’ve had pizza in New York City. Allegiances are drawn, sides are taken and loyalties are established. The task of choosing […]

Ramen Nishiya

Priced at 900 yen, the Okhotsk ramen is great for seafood fans Non seafood options are available, too! The entrance Priced at 900 yen, the Okhotsk ramen is great for seafood fans (Photo: Kim B) If you visit Monbetsu in northern Hokkaido during the winter months, one thing is a guarantee – it’s going to […]

Restaurant Yo

The Irori BBQ course is the most popular and is fantastic for large groups of up to 12 The narrow, dimly lit hallway creates a beautiful and intimate atmosphere The inviting entrance to Yo, be mindful of your head on the door Restaurant Yo is considered one of the best traditional Japanese restaurants in Hirafu. […]

Rinyu Morning Market in Otaru

Rinyu Morning Market in Otaru Time to eat lunch I’ve got the place to myself Rinyu Morning Market in Otaru It had been a relatively long walk and, after heading north with the intention of visiting the nearby Otaru Rail Museum, I found myself in front of Rinyu Market. To be pedantic and precise, the […]

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