“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” – John Donne. Unlike Sakura (cherry blossom), which comes in Southern Japan first, Koyo (autumn leaves) starts in Northern Japan. Autumn in Hokkaido arrived mid September on the highlands and moves towards the southern side of the country. It slowly changes every leaf to a colourful flower. In this harvest season, Japanese tradition is to go out for Momijigari (Viewing of autumn leaves) also called as Kanpukai in Hokkaido. With its sprawling national parks and lakes, Hokkaido has many breathtaking locations for Kanpukai. Below is an autumn travelling guide for your trip to Hokkaido with information on transport and the best seasonal seafood. (more…)
Yoichi, a small coastal town near Otaru is the birthplace of single malt whisky in Japan. Before sipping on pure malt by Nikka, I could never relate “Japan” with “Whisky”. Nikka Whisky is one of the big players in the international whisky market and holds a number of awards in its barrel including world`s best single malt in 2008. Opened in 1934, Yoichi Nikka Whisky Distillery is the first of the two distilleries opened by Nikka . Ever since, this humble place in Hokkaido produces some of the finest whiskies in the world.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page” – Saint Augustine. Sapporo is a beautiful chapter in this book that should not be skipped when you visit Hokkaido. Sapporo Sightseeing guide is second in the series of Sapporo travel blogs listing twelve of my favorite places in the city I call home. Spending a few days in Sapporo will give you enough time to explore these sites as they are all accessible by public transport.
Sapporo is the 5th largest city of Japan and the business and commercial centre of Hokkaido. It acts as a hub for tourists travelling to the far wilderness of the northernmost island in Japan. It also has a perfect balance of an urban city environment with plenty of nature around. Before you go to explore the outdoors of Hokkaido, make a stopover here and discover what the Japan’s newest city has to offer. In this series of Sapporo special blogs, I will share information on some of the best places to go for sightseeing, shopping and food in Sapporo.
Hokkaido has a rather short summer in comparison to the mainland Japan. This is when the mountains and valleys come alive with colourful flowers after being buried under snow for almost 6 months. Hokkadians too come out of their winter cocoon and go out to experience nature’s beauty. Furano and Biei in central Hokkaido are two popular destinations among the locals and tourists in summer. The region is full of beautiful flower fields, impressive landscapes and humble terrains. On one such hot weekend in July, we too went on a day trip to Furano and Biei. (more…)