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Hokkaido’s Unkai Terrace: Sea of Clouds and Staycation at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu!

No need to hike to experience the breathtaking sea of clouds atop mountains where one can feel like he’s on top of the world, even higher than the clouds!

There is a breathtaking spot in Hoshino Resorts Tomamu where you can see unkai (sea of clouds) just by taking a gondola. Japanese as well as foreign visitors come to visit during the peak season to enjoy this fantastic phenomenon that is unique to Hokkaido!

UNKAI TERRACE: Hoshino Resorts Tomamu
北海道勇払郡占冠村字中トマム
Shimukappu-mura Yufutsu-gun, Hokkaido, Japan
Landline: +81 167-58-1111
Website: https://www.snowtomamu.jp

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HOKKAIDO AUTUMN: Awesome Itinerary!

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HOKKAIDO AUTUMN: Awesome Itinerary!

Hokkaido is surely popular as a winter destination, but you might just change your mind after seeing this autumn itinerary we’ve prepared…

Traveling around Hokkaido is one of the best things you can do in Japan in autumn. Due to its northern location, Hokkaido sees the autumn leaves before anywhere else in Japan. The area is packed with a number of famous fall foliage spots, including many exciting bucket list-worthy attractions such as the Sea of Clouds in Unkai Terrace, Blue Pond, the flower fields of Biei and many more!

It may not be the first choice for many travelers going to Japan, but for most who have been to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, Hokkaido is exactly the next Japan adventure we are all looking for! Good thing, you can now conveniently fly from Manila to Sapporo in less than 6 hours! No more stopovers in Tokyo, unlike my previous trips.

And, of course, this guide won’t be complete without the local dishes that are in season. Check out our list from sights, to autumn foliage spots, to incredible landscapes, to food and even shopping!

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Hokkaido’s Unkai Terrace: Sea of Clouds & Staycation at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu!

 

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HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL

Hokkaido
You can now fly directly from Manila to Hokkaido!

Winter in Hokkaido is an exciting season marked by gorgeous snow festivals and winter activities held throughout the country. It transforms into a gloriously white winter wonderland, filled with exciting bucket-list-worthy experiences from sparkling winter wonders, to thrilling snow activities and heartwarming onsen spas.

It may not be the first choice for many travelers going to Japan, but for most who have been to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Hokkaido is exactly the next Japan adventure we are all looking for! Good thing, you can now conveniently fly from Manila to Sapporo in less than 5 hours! No more stopovers in Tokyo, unlike my previous trips.

Hokkaido

Here are my top 10 recommended experiences you should try when visiting Hokkaido…

Hokkaido Series:
-HOKKAIDO: 10 Experiences to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-Hokkaido Eats: 10 Dishes to Try in Hokkaido! @flyPAL
-SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)
Noboribetsu Hot Spring Village: Warm Your Body and Soul in a Traditional Onsen!
-HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?! 

-HAKODATE ASAICHI (MORNING MARKET): HOKKAIDO CRAB, TUNA, SQUID, AND SEAFOOD GALORE! 
-LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!
Hokkaido’s Unkai Terrace: Sea of Clouds & Staycation at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu!
HOKKAIDO AUTUMN: Awesome Itinerary!

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HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!

Goryakaku Area

Let’s explore charming Hakodate, home to beautiful sceneries, historical sites, hot springs and delicious food. It continuously inspires visitors with its natural beauty that goes hand in hand with its history and urban charm.

Here are my top 7 favorite places in Hakodate…

Hakodate Series:
HAKODATE: 7 Awesome Places You Should Visit in Hakodate, Hokkaido!
HAKODATE FOOD TRIP: WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT?
Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market): Hokkaido Crab, Tuna, Squid, and Seafood Galore!
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse: Romantic Charm of Hakodate’s Bay Area!
MOUNT HAKODATE: “Glimmering Jewelry Box” Night View from Mt. Hakodate!
LUCKY PIERROT: HAKODATE’S NO.1 BURGER CHAIN!

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HAKODATE Food Trip: What and Where to Eat?!

Food

Come and discover Hakodate in Hokkaido. Known as the “City of Gourmet Food,” it is overflowing with mouthwatering eats–from freshly caught seafood and excellent sashimi, to Japanese pub fare, shio ramen, and various specialty desserts.

Their fatty salmon and tuna, sweet hairy and king crab, and amazing squid sashimi are among what tourists from Japan and overseas always rave about while here. You’ll surely be impressed by the taste and freshness of their seafood!

Check out our guide on what to eat and drink when you’re in Hakodate, Hokkaido…

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Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse: Romantic Charm of Hakodate’s Bay Area!

Red Brick

Hakodate was Japan’s first international trading port in 1859.

Several red brick buildings formerly used as warehouses survived the test of time, and have been converted into one of Hakodate’s famous sightseeing spot housing different beer halls, restaurants, sweet shops and unique souvenir shops.

Today, it still continues to transport visitors to a feeling of nostalgia and unforgettable time. Here’s a quick guide on where to eat, what to do and shop at Kanemori’s Red Brick Warehouses

KANEMORI RED BRICK WAREHOUSE
14 – 12, Suehiro-cho , Hakodate City
Telephone: 0138-27-5530
Website: www.hakodate-kanemori.com

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MOUNT HAKODATE: “Glimmering Jewelry Box” Night View from Mt. Hakodate!

Night View

During the night, the city of Hakodate glows from the surface of the world with bright lights and incredible beauty.

Awarded with three stars in the Michelin Guide, the night view of the fan-shaped town of Tsugaru Strait and Hakodate Bay is a must-see when visiting Hokkaido.

Hop on a ropeway to the summit of Mt. Hakodate and be satisfied with this fantastic view.

 

Mt. Hakodate Ropeway
19-7, Motomachi, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido, 040-0054 Japan
Telephone: +81 (0138) 23-3105
Website: http://www.334.co.jp

 

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Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market): Hokkaido Crab, Tuna, Squid, and Seafood Galore!

Hakodate Moring Market

If there’s one thing you can’t miss when visiting Hokkaido, it’s their seafood!

Fatty salmon and tuna, sweet hairy and king crab, and amazing squid sashimi are among what tourists from Japan and overseas always rave about when in Hokkaido. You’ll surely be impressed by the taste and freshness of their seafood.

The Hakodate Morning Market is conveniently located near the JR Hakodate station and opens daily from 5 am (6 am during winter) until noon. Various types of seafood are on sale here such as crabs, squids (Hakodate’s specialty), tuna, salmon eggs (ikura), sea urchin, as well as fresh produce like Hokkaido’s famed sweet melons. There are also many restaurants in the market offering fresh seafood donburi.

Here’s a quick guide to enjoy the bustling Hakodate Morning Market…

Hakodate Morning Market
Japan, 〒040-0063 Hokkaido Prefecture, Hakodate, 若松町9−19
Phone: +81 138-22-7981
Website: www.hakodate-asaichi.com

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JOZANKEI YUKITOURO: Snow Lanterns on a Clear Winter Night!

Sapporo Snow Festival

One cold winter night, a stillness settles over the small hot spring village of Jozankei as they watch in silence the full-scale installation of flickering lights from lamps made of ice and snow, creating this simple yet magical site.

Jozankei Yukitouro starts early February, the same period as the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Here’s a short photo essay of our experience…

Jozankei Yukitouro
Jozankei Shrine, Higashi 3 Chome, Minami-ku Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
February 2-5, 2017 (18:00-21:00)
Website: www.jozankei.jp/yukitouro/

Related Blog Post: SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL: Winter Wonderland in Hokkaido! (First Timer’s Guide)

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