Hokkaido’s largest lily garden- Onze Harukayama Yurien Otaru

Otaru is one of my favourite spots for a day tour from Sapporo in all seasons.  This old town of Hokkaido is known for its glass works, sushi, ski resorts, and a romantic canal giving it a feel of Venice. However, all this while I never knew about a secret that Otaru holds. It has the largest lily garden in Hokkaido, and probably one of the biggest in the country. The Onze Harukyama Yurien (lily garden) opens only for one short month in summer. In 2013, to attract more business, Snow cruise Onze ski resort in Otaru started this garden. Easy accessibility along with a view of stunning flowers with the Ishikari bay, makes the Onze Harukayama Lily garden, a great site for a quick visit.

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Hokkaido Potatoes

Best of what to eat when in Hokkaido

I was uncertain about many things before moving to Hokkaido. One of them was -What will I eat? Although, I was familiar with conventional Japanese delicacies, I was worried, if it will be easy to get used to it. My partner eased my fears. He assured me that Hokkaido’s food is delicious. After moving, I found out he was wrong. The food in Hokkaido is not just delicious, it is phenomenal. You might know, Hokkaido is famous for its seafood and milk. However, it is not just about seafood donburi and softserve ice cream. Hokkaido’s rich soil and cold weather yields the finest quality of fresh produce.  Do not miss these foods when you are Hokkaido. (more…)

Seafood in Hokkaido

Hokkaido Seafood Guide – Japan

Hokkaido is the Shangri-la for Seafood lovers. Tourists from all over Japan and overseas visit this island on a food jaunt to enjoy what many claim to be the best seafood in the world. The cold sea surrounding Hokkaido is filled with abundant supply of nutritious planktons that serves as an excellent habitat for high quality and delectable seafood. Use this Hokkaido seafood guide to make sure you don`t miss out on these delicacies while you are exploring in the northern part of Japan. (more…)

Soup Curry Sapporo -Five restaurants reviews

Soup curry is one of my favorite Japanese cuisines and Sapporo is the birthplace of this phenomenal invention. To know more about Soup Curry itself and its history click here. I am always on a hunt to find the best soup curry among the 200 odd Soup Curry shops in Sapporo. Below are the reviews of few of the Soup Curry restaurants in Sapporo, some of which are popular, while others are unknown gems.

 1 Okushiba Shoten Ekimae Soseiji Soup Curry Shop

2. Soup Curry Tatsuki

3. Tiger Soup Curry

4. Voyage Soup Calyi

5. Cocoro Soup Curry Restaurant

6. Asian Bar Ramai (Update)

7. Rojiura Soup Curry Samurai (Update)

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Soup Curry

What is Soup Curry and why I love it?

Soup Curry is the latest cuisine taking Japan by storm. It is a soupy delight concocted by blending the spices used in curries from South East Asian countries. The earlier version of soup curries contained spices from India and Sri Lanka. Nowadays, Soup Curry chefs are taking inspiration from countries such as Indonesia and China as well. Read along to find out what is Soup Curry and why you will love it. (more…)