Spotlight: Poroto Kotan (Hokkaido)

Hokkaido is Japan's final frontier, a vast (VAST) island of mountains, lakes and stretches of emptiness that seem otherworldly in a country so densely populated as this one. It is also the home island of much of Japan's only remaining indigenous culture, the Ainu. Pushed to the far northern reaches by the race that became known... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Sapporo

On my first trip to Sapporo four years ago, I never got to see the city's manhole covers. They were buried under at least two to three feet of snow and I wasn't about to go digging around on the streets and sidewalks to find them. They were much easier to spot this past July, when... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Picchu (Sapporo)

UPDATE (Aug 2014) - Picchu has moved! You can now find it just a block from the Susukino metro station (Exit 2 or 4). Check the website for an updated map. __________________________________________________________ Sapporo is known for its beer, cheese and crab, and don't get me wrong, I ate my fair share on our trip to... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Odori Park (Sapporo)

When I first saw Odori Park, it was covered in a blanket of snow. A thick blanket of snow. Enough snow to make the huge snow sculptures for which Sapporo is famous in the winter. Sapporo in the summertime is a wholly different affair. That icy covering in winter actually hides a host of activities for... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: Kani-Shogun (Sapporo)

If you're up in Sapporo for the skiing or the snow festival, you won't find a shortage of worthwhile restaurants. For a simple supper, a walk along Ramen Alley may suffice. But if you're hankering for a heartier meal, you can't go wrong with a multi-course crab dinner at Kani-Shogun. There are a number of... Continue Reading →

Experience: Sapporo Snow Festival

While those of us who reside on the island of Kyushu are just starting to feel the  occasional balmy breezes of early spring, the northernmost island of Hokkaido is far from welcoming warmer temperatures. In fact, this week, the city of Sapporo is in the midst of celebrating the wonder of winter with its 64th... Continue Reading →

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