Sapporo Night View

Sapporo White Illumination

Shiroi Koibito Park, Sapporo

Shiroi Koibito Park in Sapporo

The wonderland ! The First Impression ! Now who wants to stay in these pretty houses !! Chocolate tin collection Inside the Chocolate tunnel The people behind the yummy chocolates The wonderland ! Chocolates! The word itself is bliss! Sinful indulgence or not, chocolates are a friend for every mood! And those who love chocolates […]

Street Market in Central Sapporo

An eye-catching sign aims to draw tourists into a shop The market is home to several shops selling crabs and other fresh seafood An English sign claims the best prices in the market An eye-catching sign aims to draw tourists into a shop When you the see forklifts carrying boxes of fresh produce or seafood […]

Surf’s Up Hokkaido

Wind and surf Surf is Up, Japan Style That is not a white sand beach…it’s snow Wind and surf (Photo: Daita Saru) Hokkaidō is Japan’s second largest and northernmost island and is home to hundreds of miles of untamed coastline and a variety of waves including beach, reef, and river mouth. Being the most northerly […]

Takino Snow World

The first impression at Takino Snow World The east entrance to the Takino Snow World Tube-sledding at Takino Snow World Just hop into the tube and get pulled up all the way Kids participating in ski lessons in groups The ‘Family Slope’ at Takino Snow World The first impression at Takino Snow World Back from […]

The Botanical Gardens of Sapporo

Welcome to the botanical gardens in Sapporo A perfect day for a visit to the gardens The sakura blossoms are almost done Welcome to the botanical gardens in Sapporo Spring time in Sapporo means going for walks in city gardens and experiencing nature in full bloom. Conveniently located a short walk from both of the […]

Miyagi’s Annual Snowball Tournament

Blue team rushes to position after the starting whistle.  A poster advertising the 2014 event.  You must take great take care making snowballs. Snowballs that are too hard or too big are removed by judges. Most team's are Japanese, but two teams from Thailand also participated in the 2014 tournament! The junior tournament's champion team […]

Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021

Venue: New National Stadium When: Jul 23rd – Aug 8th 2021, 10:00am – 5:00pm The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until 2021 due to the impact of the global coronavirus situation — stay tuned for more updates as more details are announced. March 5, 2021 – The games are tentatively still occurring. Decisions to […]

Hotel Mystays Premier Sapporo Park

Western style restaurant Deluxe room Twin room Seeing the cityscape from hotel room Suite room Buffet with large selection of delicious food Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Well known for its ramen, beer and annual snow festival, Sapporo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. […]

Hotel Mystays Sapporo Nakajima Park

The reception of Hotel Mystays Sapporo Nakajima Park is classy and has a restful atmosphere Bare concrete; minimalist yet sophisticated. An eco-friendly key concept installed in the rooms of Kita hotel. The stylish interior furnishing of the lift lobby. The living room of the spacious hotel suite in Kita hotel. The beds, lower than usual, […]

The Stay Sapporo

10th floor dining area 10th floor kitchen area Basin area Shower Private double room Exterior of The Stay 10th floor dining area Sapporo is a great city to explore and if you don't want to spend all your money on accommodation then consider staying at The Stay Sapporo, one's of Sapporo's newest Hostels. The Stay […]

A Hokkaido Adventure: From Hakodate to Sapporo

A cityscape of Hakodate Fresh donburi Goryokaku Fort Trappistine Monastery Hokkaido Shrine Odori Park A cityscape of Hakodate (Photo: 663highland / CC BY-SA 3.0 ) Hokkaido’s most famous cities, Hakodate and Sapporo, offer many splendid vistas and experiences to the modern-day traveler. Enjoy all that they have to offer with ease and comfort by using […]

A Hokkaido Adventure: From Obihiro to Kushiro

Lake Akan in Kushiro Obihiro Airport Kofuku Station Lake Shikaribetsu Ikeda Wine Castle Marimo balls Lake Akan in Kushiro (Photo: 663highland / CC BY-SA 3.0) Hokkaido is a prefecture with plentiful nature—but many people stay confined to Sapporo or Hakodate and underestimate its other sights. Don’t overlook how easy it is to get between these […]

After Dark Exhibition

Venue: Sapporo Art Park Museum When: Feb 27th – Apr 11th 2021, 9:45am – 5:00pm A special event taking place at the Sapporo Art Park Museum is titled “After Dark”, and it will explore pieces inspired by our world once the sun sets. Many of the works show thought-provoking contrasts, such as the beauty of […]

Beauty and Bureaucracy

The entrance to the grounds Nature surrounded by modernity The “urban” mallard duck of Sapporo The little ones feed the fishes The last of the sakura blossoms Manicured shrubs Turtles just catching some rays Beautiful blooms line the pathways It’s not too often that I would recommend a visit to a former government building, but […]

Buddha Hill in Makomanai

Hokkaido is a vast land of great natural splendour Its beauty is so awe-inspiring that it evokes forgotten feelings Emotions bring out our drive to live Notice Opening hours vary per attraction: Great Buddha: Apr ~ Oct 09:00 – 16:00, Nov ~ Mar 10:00 – 15:00 Mausoleum: Apr ~ Oct 08:30 – 17:00, Nov ~ […]

Cats in Art

Venue: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art When: Feb 27th – Apr 4th 2021, 9:30am – 5:00pm A special exhibition taking place at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art looks at a range of artworks that depict cats from the collection of Maneki Neko-tei. This mysterious collector has been amassing pieces for around 40 years, and […]

Sapporo Clock Tower

The clock tower maintains its ancient charm amidst skyscrapers, mega malls and office buildings. If it’s too crowded, here’s a tip: go to the building opposite, which houses Tony Roma’s. It’s usually much less crowded and offers a great angle as well! The exhibition space is not big but the authenticity of the building transports […]

Daijiro Morohoshi Exhibition

Nov 21st Jan 17th The event flyer (Photo: Kim B) Venue: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art When: Nov 21st – Jan 17th 2021, 9:30am – 5:00pm Daijiro Morohoshi (1946 -) is a Japanese manga artist who is well-known for science fiction themed comic strips and pieces based on folklore. A special event at the Hokkaido […]

Hokkai Bon Odori

The yagura of Hokka Bon Odori Yagura, the bandstand for the musicians and singers of the Obon music. Many older people also take part on this festival Three generation take part on Hokkai Bon Odori for children. A cute little girl try to dance Hokkai Bon Odori The festive of Hokkai Bon Odori Venue: Odori Park […]

Sapporo Botanical Garden

Enjoy a stroll through Sapporo‘s beautiful botanical garden A rose trellis The last of the irises Lofty trees and wide open spaces The garden paths are clearly marked The rock garden Sapporo in the summertime is a delight to stroll around, but nowhere is more pleasant to walk than the quiet paths of the Hokkaido […]

Hokkaido Jingu, Sapporo

The entrance to the Hokkaido Jingu from Maruyama Park, which is covered by trees in their fall colour. The walk through the Maruyama Park to the shrine is very enjoyable on a sunny autumn day. Girls were dressed in kimonos and boys in haori jackets and hakama trousers. Amusingly, I saw none of the birds […]

Makomanai Takino Cemetery

Just like in England. It’s cloudy. It’s the same height as the Great Buddha of Kamakura. I always thought the one on the end was an homage to the Ainu. An Assyrian winged lion statue and moai stand guard at the entrance. You won’t see this on Easter Island. The unexpected is to be expected. […]

Nakajimakoen in Autumn

Golden trees flanking a pathway in Nakajimakoen. A gorgeous display of golden leaves. When the wind blew, yellow leaves rained down. The main pond attracted many photography enthusiasts. Lover ducks oblivious to the beauty around them. The edge of the pond littered with leaves. It’s simple pleasure to sit on the park bench and watching […]

Odori Park in Early Autumn

Odori Park is full of flowers, beauty and artistry. Odori Park, TV Tower, and Sapporo! Colorful Odori Park If you are new to a city and are not sure about where to go, my answer is definitely go to a park. When I visited Sapporo, I really wanted to go to Ōdōri Kōen or Odori […]

Sapporo city scenes

Warm summer day at Odori Park For some reason, I feel like some corn on the cob Sapporo in full bloom Great place to “people watch” The city’s center of higher learning Art in the park at Hokkaido University Campus Looking back at Odori Park The former Governor’s residence Giant marble jelly bean! Demon at […]

Sapporo Lilac Festival

Purple perfection! Part of the festival takes place at Odori Park Odori Park has around 400 lilac trees to enjoy! Mid – Late May Purple perfection! (Photo: Creative Commons) Venue: Odori Park When: Mid – Late May 2021 The Sapporo Lilac Festival has been running since 1959 as a way to recognize the beauty of […]

Sapporo Museum of Modern Art

Fluid sculptures changed by the wind The only area of the museum’s interior you are allowed to photograph The Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo Fluid sculptures changed by the wind (Photo: RS Reynolds) Having spent a number of weeks in the small cities and regions throughout Hokkaido, I thought I’d take advantage of the […]

A Winter Wonderland

A little girl meets mascots at the festival These fish very nearly kiss in an ice sculpture A man hard at work on his snow sculpture A singer performs against the illuminated backdrop of this enormous ice sculpture A Hawaiian themed sculpture in progress An elegantly crafted ice sculpture A minion in an inner tube […]

Visiting Sapporo Snow Festival (2012)

International Snow Sculpture Contest Winner: The Leaping Dragon by Hong Kong Small World Tsuruga Castle made of snow The Taj Mahal Snow Aquarium: Gift From the Sea Be Magical by Tokyo Disney Resort International Snow Sculpture Contest Winner: The Leaping Dragon by Hong Kong February is the coldest month in Japan, and that means a […]

Sapporo Susukino Matsuri

A person standing proudly on the floats directs the action Waiting to start In the middle of the action the streets get really crowded The atmophere is very intense! A young girl directs a smaller float Walking in the crowd between the various floats is the best way to enjoy the amazing atmosphere Venue: Susukino […]

Sapporo Yuki Matsuri – Odori Park

Snow Crabs at the Snow Festival Dresden Cathedral Snack Stalls at the Snow Festival Korean Palace Tree Spirits from Mononoke-Hime Gundam Japanese Castle made by local residents Hong Kong entry for International Competition New Zealand entry for International Competition Ice Sculpture and Idols Disney Diorama Asahikawa Zoo Diorama Sapporo TV Tower Snowboarding demonstration at Snow […]

The Doraemon Exhibition (Sapporo)

Apr 29th Jun 27th (Photo: Charles Rodstrom/CC By ND 2.0) Venue: Sapporo Art Park Museum When: Apr 29th – Jun 27th 2021, 9:45am – 5:00pm A special event taking place at the Sapporo Art Park Museum centers around Doraemon, the iconic manga and anime series character created by Fujiko F. Fujio back in 1970. The […]

The Shrine Festival of Sapporo

Intently watching the proceedings at Hokkaido Shrine Performance in the park The sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar Pig muscle and beer = delicious Have you met my macaque? Tradition in Sapporo PETA supporters please look away now The “buta” master Shrine festival potato chips Freshly grilled yakitori Prizes to be won Kid catches a […]

Visual Gastronomy

Sep 19th Nov 8th The official event flyer (Photo: Kim B) Venue: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art When: Sep 19th – Nov 8th 2020, 9:30am – 5:00pm Food is a source of nourishment, of connection, and even artistic inspiration in many cases, and a special exhibition taking place at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art […]

Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo

Elegant movement meets modern interpretation Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo The drama unfolds The energy is infectious An expression of joy Nightime performance magic Early Jun Elegant movement meets modern interpretation (Photo: RS Reynolds) Venue: Odori street When: Early Jun 2021 Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be […]

Hokkaido Access Guide

Hokkaido Access Guide The Hokkaido Shinkansen Minami-Otaru Station Otaru roads Tokachi Obihiro Airport Hokkaido Access Guide Orientation Getting to Hokkaido Getting Around Hokkaido Transport Passes Hokkaido is an exciting area, filled with memorable destinations and activities. The prefecture’s remarkable airports, railways, buses, rental cars, and subways ensure that you have the means to achieve your […]

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