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Hokkaido

Feb 4/5:   We left Honolulu for Nagoya and transfer to Hokkaido by Japan Airlines. It was a very long flight transiting in Nagoya but both flights were smooth and comfortable. Some of us tried Nagoya’s specialty food, Misokatsu (pork cutlet) while we were waiting for the flight to Chitose, Hokkaido. The first night hotel was the Air Terminal Hotel which was located within the terminal, so it was very convenient. After checking...

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With Japan’s long shape, it covers a wide range of climates – from the subtropical Okinawan sun to the cold Hokkaido snow. To celebrate these white winters, a number of prefectures host a Yuki Matsuri, or snow festival. Taking place in February, the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri is perhaps the most well-known and one of the largest winter events in all of Japan. Over two million travelers visit this 7-day long event every year in order to...

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October 16: A total of 18 people, all of them from Hawaii except one, joined the tour. The majority of them were first time visitors to Hokkaido, so they were very excited. October 17: After a long flight from Honolulu by Hawaiian Air, we finally arrived in Chitose, Hokkaido (including one hour stop-over in Sendai). Our first night hotel, The Grand Terrace Chitose, was about a 10-minute drive from the airport. The hotel was located in...

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Literally translated as “Big Snowy” or “Great Snowy Mountain”, the Daisetsuzan National Park and its neighboring Daisetsuzan volcanic group towers itself over the heart of Hokkaido. Spanning over 230,000 hectares this natural wonder formed during the Quaternary period. Today there are 16 peaks over 2000 meters high, earning it the nickname the “Roof of Hokkaido.”  Hokkaido’s tallest point, Asahi-dake of Mount Asahi, is located here...

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Located in the southern point of the Hokkaido Island, Hakodate is the gateway between Honshu Japan and Hokkaido.  While many people fly to Hokkaido, it is also possible to go from boat or train from Honshu to Hokkaido via Hakodate. If you happen to go to Hakodate by boat, don’t miss the bay area by the port.  Offering exquisite views of red brick warehouses, it gives a vintage feel to visitors and an exotic romantic atmosphere at...

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Hokkaido is known for mainly two things: its wilderness and its seafood. One of the best places to experience the wilderness and countryside is in Noboribetsu. From first glance, Noboribetsu may look like an ordinary hot spring town. While it is a great place for a weekend spa getaway, the source of these natural hot springs, in Shikotsu-Toya National Park makes for better exploration of the area. Immediately as you arrive the smell...

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