12 Sep, 2017 in Sapporo

One of the most interesting attractions in Sapporo is an open-air Historical Village of Hokkaido museum on the eastern side of the city featuring 50+ historical buildings from all over the northern Japanese region of Hokkaido from the Meiji and Taisho periods of Japan (1868 – 1926) to take you back in time to a […]

17 Aug, 2017 in Nagoya

To wrap up my visit to Nagoya last summer, I want to share a few more Nagoya gems with you that I neglected to mention so far. There are several Nagoya attractions, like the Nagoya Castle and the Toyota Museum of Industry and Technology, but most big Japanese cities are just fun to explore around on foot. […]

11 Aug, 2017 in Sapporo

Lots of curious things happened when I was staying at the Sapporo area in the northern Hokkaido region of Japan during the summer. Happened a few times that I took a bus hoping to get to one attraction and then through some misunderstanding and miscommunication with the local Japanese ended up visiting a completely different […]

21 Jul, 2017 in Sapporo

During my summer stay in the northern Hokkaido region of Japan, I was based in Susukino. Lots of funky things to see and do in Susukino, it’s quite the Japanese adventure, but here I’ll mention four of the tourist/cultural things I did during the time I was there…   Maid Cafe   Lots of Otaku […]

19 Jul, 2017 in Sapporo

Lots of curious things happened when I was staying at the Sapporo area in the northern Hokkaido region of Japan during the summer. Happened a few times that I took a bus hoping to get to one attraction and then through some misunderstanding and miscommunication with the local Japanese ended up visiting a completely different […]

7 Jul, 2017 in Sapporo

There are quite a few tourist traps in Sapporo, but perhaps the biggest one of all is the Chocolate Factory, catered especially for the mass Chinese tourist crowds. It’s run by Ishiya, a local chocolate company, that has devised a brilliant theme park like attraction around its chocolate. I’ve visited two other such disasters, the Hershey […]

16 Jun, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

I spent the last summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, and was looking for daytrips from Sapporo. Otaru was a daytrip promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it featured ‘canals’. Japanese tourists from all over Japan who flew in to cool down in the north would go to Otaru in expectation that it would […]

24 May, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

In the last few days before leaving the scenic Hokkaido region in northern Japan I took a few quick day trips around Hokkaido to see the beauty of this island. One of those were to Lake Toya and the Showashinzan cable car, with gorgeous mountain-lake scenery and some breathtaking views overlooking the lake, the coast and nearby […]

7 May, 2017 in Sapporo

During the summer I spent in Hokkaido one of my favorite things was to go up the cable cars. The Hokkaido region is perfect for that, with high mountains surrounding the urban regions. During the freezing winters, all those mountains become ski slopes, but during the summer, they make for some spectacular observation decks down […]

29 Apr, 2017 in Sapporo

My trip last summer to Sapporo was completely unplanned. I was originally planning to tour the Nagoya area following a conference, but the scorching heat of 35-38c had me looking for cooler alternatives, and Hokkaido seemed like a good alternative. And so, when I arrived in Sapporo, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. […]

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