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Best time to visit the Lavender Fields of Furano! Top Six Selection

Furano / Biei / Sounkyo

A must read for people who want to visit the lavender fields in Furano! Starting with the world-famous Farm Tomita, our local reporter will share inside tips and the best period to visit various lavender fields in the Furano region. This summer, wouldn’t you like to see the lavender-covered hills and become enveloped in the refreshing scent drifting softly in the breeze? Let’s explore the lavender fields of the North!

Introducing the Super Popular Sapporo Maruyama District ! Visit Maruyama Park and Hokkaido Shrine!

Sapporo / Chitose Other Amusement

The Maruyama Zoo and Hokkaido Shrine in Sapporo City’s Maruyama District have become hot spots to visit in recent years. The stylish cafes dotting this residential area give it a stylish atmosphere. Take a few steps further and you are in the vast natural beauty of a pristine forest. An increasing number of foreign visitors come here to experience Japanese culture amidst the verdant surroundings and scenes of frolicking animals. These can be found in Maruyama Park, the increasingly popular Maruyama Zoo, and the Hokkaido Shrine.

[MOVIE] DRUM TAO’S MANGEKYO – a Kaleidoscope of Taiko Drums

Shinagawa Shows

Japan’s traditional drums, taiko, conquered video games, modern pop music, and stages all over the world alike. Ranging from small to so big that they tower over whoever plays them, taiko drums have held an important place in Japanese culture ever since the 6th century. One group, however, has taken the traditional art of taiko drumming and adapted it to the global style of the 21st century in the most fascinating fashion imaginable. Meet DRUM TAO and their Martial Art of Drumming!

Sightseeing, Gourmet, Shopping! The Best of Hakodate

Hakodate Downtown

Hakodate is the most representative city of the Donan Region. Since opening in 1859, it has developed as Japan's first international trade port. Because it was directly influenced by European culture, it is speckled with buildings that retain the image of those old-fashioned roots. It is also famous for its stunning night view from the top of Mount Hakodate and the delicious gourmet seafood of the Tsugaru Strait.

Tasting Umaibo – Japan’s Favorite Junk Food Snack!

Sapporo / Chitose

Practically every culture has its tempting snack foods, and Japan is no exception! Umaibo – literally, “tasty stick” – are particularly popular in the country. Made of puffed corn and coming in unique flavors, they have a suggested retail price of 10 yen (less than a dime) – easily affordable by and appealing to kids. Many Japanese likely have warm memories of when they were children and would go to a neighborhood dagashiya (candy shop) and grab either a mentai aji (walleye Pollack roe flavor) or a corn potage flavor and gobble it up on the spot!

8 Things I Regretted About My Japan Visit (And How You Can Enjoy Your Time Better!)

Tokyo's Surrounding Areas

Now more than ever, the number of people who decide to spend time in Japan is dramatically increasing. More and more new travelers head to the Land of the Rising Sun to experience its landscapes, food, entertainment, and culture. Yet, Japan is a unique country and it serves to learn from people who have already been here or who live here to obtain a better insight on how to plan your first trip to this beautiful land.

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