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Hokkaido’s “Asahikawa Natsu Matsuri” is an annual festival that’s packed with plenty of events to enjoy. The festival takes place over the course of 3 days in Asahikawa.
The festival’s opening is marked by the “Doshin Noryo Fireworks Display,” during which around 4,500 fireworks are launched into Asahikawa’s summer night sky. Other fun events include dances, parades, and mikoshi (portable shrine) carrying!
Jozankei is a hot spring town in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Featuring tourist attractions such as Futami Suspension Bridge, as well Jozankei's forests and gorges, a fantastic light performance taking advantage of the local topography is held here from June to October.
Hokkaido’s Furano City is home to an interesting summer festival, the “Hokkai Heso Matsuri,” or “Bellybutton Festival.”
The festival falls on July 28th and 29th every year, and around 4,000 dancers and 70,000 tourists visit over those two days.
Shiroi Koibito ("White Lover" in English) is a type of langue de chat cookie with an established name as a souvenir of Hokkaido. ISHIYA Seika, the company that manufactures it, also operates a theme park dedicated to sweets.
Along with delicious sweets, visitors can enjoy the rose garden where its namesake flowers proudly bloom.
The HAKODATE GOURMET CIRCUS is the largest food event in Hakodate. Of course you’ll find an impressive array of local Hokkaido specialties, but also local specialties from other cities around Japan with close relations to Hakodate, as well as some food from other countries. This event is a great opportunity to enjoy fresh local seafood and regional cuisine from various areas.
Ever wanted to experience ski jumping? Head to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s Okurayama Viewing Point!Read Later
Sapporo prides itself in having something to offer everyone: tourist attractions, gourmet food, and nature galore! And ever since hosting the Winter Olympics in 1972, it’s earned itself a spot on the map as a city of sports as well!
The Okurayama Viewing Point’s 134 meter ski jump is used by athletes for practice all year round, and it is the seasonal home of many international competitions.
Hokkaido YOSAKOI Soran FestivalRead Later
The Hokkaido YOSAKOI Soran Festival is a fusion between Koichi Prefecture’s famous “Yosakoi Festival” and Hokkaido’s traditional folk works, Soran Bushi. The festival is held across 20 venues in Hokkaido’s Sapporo City. Various teams, equipped with wooden clapper instruments called “naruko,” fans, and banners, put on dancing displays. There are paid seats available, but typically every venue’s performances are available to view for free.
Winter Trip to Hakodate [Day 1] ~Hakodate’s Morning Market, Bay Area, Motomachi, and more~Read Later
I visited Hakodate for 3 days and 2 nights over the winter. There was no end to things I wanted to do, but I was more than satisfied with being able to take the photo I wanted of Hakodate in the winter being both “sunny” and “snowy.”
This article will introduce the things that I did on my first day in Hakodate, including visiting the Hakodate morning market, the bay area, the Motomachi church, and foods around Hakodate!