Tobetsu and Sweden Hills

Tobetsu and Sweden Hills

About 20km northeast of Sapporo cross the Ishikari-gawa, the rural town Tobetsu (当別町) is a good place to cycli…

Nibutani: Heart of Ainu Culture

Nibutani: Heart of Ainu Culture

The small riverside village of Nibutani (二風谷), northern part of Biratori Town (平取町), is a traditional heart of…

Cultural Museums in Abashiri

Cultural Museums in Abashiri

Abashiri (網走市) is the historical and cultural heart of Okhotsk Region. In 1890 the town has set up the prison …

Museums in Kushiro

Museums in Kushiro

Kushiro City Museum Located on a lakeside hill of Harutori-ko (春採湖), the crane-shaped Kushiro City Museum (釧路市…

Asahikawa Art and Craft Galleries

Asahikawa Art and Craft Galleries

Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art (北海道立旭川美術館) Located on the west side of Tokiwa Park, Northern Hokkaido’s best…

Esashi Oiwake Folk Song

Esashi Oiwake Folk Song

Esashi Oiwake (江差追分) folk song has been singing from the Edo period and is called the ‘king of min’yo (folk so…

Hakodate Goryokaku Park

Hakodate Goryokaku Park

Goryokaku (五稜郭) was Japan’s first Western-style fort built in 1864, but it was deserted after the last battle …

Temples and Shrines in Hakodate

Temples and Shrines in Hakodate

Koryu-ji (高龍寺) Hakodate’s oldest temple was founded in 1633 and relocated here in 1879 after the Boshin civil …

Hakodate’s Varied Museums

Hakodate’s Varied Museums

Hakodate’s combination tickets are available for admission to any combination of the Old Public Hall of Hakoda…

Nostalgic Port Town Otaru

Nostalgic Port Town Otaru

Otaru (小樽) is a nostalgic port town grew rapidly since the 1880s, a number of major trading companies and bank…