Introducing Four Delicious Strawberry Desserts This Summer in Hokkaido

27.July.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

Hokkaido is a popular tourist destination for Japanese people as well as foreigners. During the winter, it is the perfect place to go skiing and during the summer, you will not suffer under sweltering heat like the rest of Japan. Hokkaido not only flourishes with wonderful tourist locations and delicious gourmet seafood, but also beautiful and stylish cafés.

 

Instagrammer Kei @607keih) uses his account to introduce the world to delicious desserts and meals. Today, he will be introducing you to the delicious strawberry-flavoured desserts that Hokkaido’s capital Sapporo has to offer.

 

holidays pancake/ Susukino

Strawberry Pancake with Raspberry Sauce: ¥1200

holidays pancake is only open on Sundays. It is located inside a beer bar called es CRAFT. I ordered the strawberry pancake with raspberry sauce. The plate was stacked with three pancakes which were deliciously covered in fresh cream, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, strawberries and raspberry sauce. The pancakes were soft and spongy. The flavour of the ricotta cheese really came through. Overall, this pancake is a very unique pancake to Hokkaido. 

 

The sweetness of the raspberry sauce and sourness of the lemon juice balanced out for a slightly sour tinge. The fresh cream and vanilla ice cream toppings can be obtained for free by simply following the café on Instagram. The variety of toppings add a whole new range of flavours and colours for you to mix and match, so there is no getting bored. You can reserve your spot simply by sending them a direct message on Instagram, or by referring to their story! These pancakes are a rare find in Hokkaido, so you must try them.

 

▼holidays pancake

Address: 1st floor N-place Building, 3-2-1, 4 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo

Access: 3-minute walk from Susuki Station/Hosui-Susukino Station  

Opening Hours: 11:00 ー 16:00(Last orders: 5:30)

Closed: Mondays ー Saturdays

Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyujitsulab/

 

BerryBerryCrazy/ Susukino

Berry Berry Crazy is located on the 2nd floor of the building between 5-chome and 6 chome of Tanuki-Koji. The desserts here are made using strawberries sourced from Urakawa Sugano Orchard in Hokkaido. The species of strawberry used in the desserts is completely dependent on what is received upon the delivery of the ingredients that are received on the day. The parfait I ordered was made using a species of strawberry called Kaorino.

The parfait contained fresh strawberries and strawberry compote, whipped cream, strawberry granita, pie crust, chiffon cake, and milk ice cream. You can tell that this parfait is full of strawberry goodness just by looking at it. Not only are the strawberries delicious, but the strawberry granita and strawberry compote were also to die for. This combined with the delicious whipped cream enhances the rich flavour even more. 

 

▼Berry Berry Crazy

Address: 2nd floor, 5-20-2, Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo

Access: Approx. 5-minute walk from Odori Subway Station/Susuki Station

Opening Hours: 18:00 ー 24:00 (Last orders: 23:30)

Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/berryberrycrazy/

 

Café Blue/ Chuo Ward


Condensed Milk Strawberry Pancake: ¥1380 ※ Can change pancakes to waffles

A mountain of whipped cream sits on the pancakes served at this popular café. The condensed milk strawberry pancake intrigued me for quite while so I decided to order it. 

The plate is stacked with three pancakes, fresh cream and condensed milk. This is then drizzled with strawberry sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream. The pancakes were fluffy and the cream balanced the overall flavour, making it moderately sweet. The sweetness of the condensed milk and the sourness of the strawberry sauce were so delicious that there was no way I could get bored. 

 

▼ Café Blue

Address: 16-9-12, Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo

Access: 5-minute walk from Ropeway iriguchi Station

Opening Hours: 9:00 ー 19:00, (last orders: 18:00) 

Breakfast: 9:00 ー 11:00, lunch/dinner: 10:00 ー 19:00, desserts: 10:00 ー 19:00,

Open all year round.

Official Website: https://cafeblue.exblog.jp/

 

SHIRAYUKI/Tanuki-Koji 

Fruit Squash: ¥500 each

Shirayuki is located in Tanuki-Koji. The fruit squash here comes in four flavours and each contains popping boba. Today I ordered the Strawberry Squash. Strawberry sauce is drizzled into a cup of carbonated water. Popping boba is then added. The drink is topped with strawberries. 

The bubbles of the carbonated water makes it the perfect way to cool down in the summer. This drink is only available until August 15, so if you want to try it, get there soon.

 

▼SHIRAYUKI

Address: Shirayuki Sapporo Aiseikan Building, 5 Chome, Minami 1-jo nishi 5, Chuo Ward, Sapporo

Access: Approx. 5-min walk from Odori Subway Station

Opening Hours: 12:30 ー 19:00

No regular holidays

Official Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/shirayuki.hokkaido

 

So how about it? Kei’s Instagram account is full of desserts and meals that you absolutely must try. If you are going to visit Hokkaido, make sure to check out Kei’s Instagram so you know exactly which restaurant or café you want to visit!

 

Original article information and photographer: Kei (@607keih)

 

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    Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s islands and a popular tourist location with both locals and overseas visitors, enjoyed for its winter sports like skiing, hot springs and more. It is also enjoyed for its cool climate, being the coldest region in Japan. It’s home to many tourist spots and seafood restaurants, but today we’re covering its countless cute cafes.

     

    Kei, a Japanese Instagrammer, posts his visits to the many cafes of Sapporo―the capital of Hokkaido―on his Instagram page

    607keih). Today he will introduce us to 6 must-visit cafes in Hokkaido with the cutest pancakes.

     

     

    Fafi Tamago no Pancake g-plus (Susukino, Sapporo)

    This popular little cafe in the district of Susukino showcases its assortment of pancakes in a glass display. The cafe now sells affordable pancake and purin sets. I ordered the “Fruits and Milky & Chocolate Purin” set (¥980).


    The fluffy pancake is made with Fafi’s famous eggs which have a rich flavour and big yolks. The milky cream is sweet and silky smooth. Inside the pancake is delicious pineapple and strawberries which add a deliciously fruity accent.

     

    Their pancakes are noticeably smaller at g-plus but since it comes with a purin in the set you’re sure to be nice and full after. The set is perfect to share too.

     

    ▼Fafi Tamago no Pancake g-plus (Japanese: ファフィたまごのパンケーキ g-plus)

    Address: 9-1019 Minami 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Business Hours: 11:30-19:00 (Last Orders 18:00)

    Closed: Thursdays & Fridays

    Official Website: https://g-plus.owst.jp/

     

     

    Café ZIKKA (Kiyota, Sapporo)

    Café ZIKKA serves a variety of pastries and desserts. Their elusive strawberry pancakes are a limited-time-only offer. These fat and fluffy pancakes have a distinctly different taste to other places. Heaping with strawberries, the fruit and pancakes marry in the most sumptuous of flavours when eaten with the yogurt ice cream centre. The strawberries also come in a variety of forms including whole, compote and sauce, making for a variety of succulent textures.


    The fresh cream isn’t overly-sweet making for a lighter pancake. It’s also topped with crushed almond for added texture. The size of the pancakes aren’t huge but since it’s served with two and many toppings you’ll absolutely be satisfied afterwards.

     

    ▼Café ZIKKA

    Address: 11-12 Hiraokakoenhigashi, Kiyota Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Business Hours: 11:00-20:00 (10:00-19:00 in January and February)

    Closed: Wednesdays (Open on national holidays)

    Official Website: http://yoshidacoffee.com/index.html

     

     

    Kaze o Kanjite (Motomachi, Sapporo)

    This cafe is just a 5-minute walk from Motomachi Station via the Tōhō Line. Simply exit from Exit 1 of the station, make a right and you’ll arrive right there.

     

    This cafe’s aim is to bring it lots of students to eat their pancakes which are both cheap and delicious. I ordered the berry sauce pancakes.


    The cafe’s homemade strawberry jam contains pieces of fresh strawberry which alone already make the pancakes tantalising enough. They are served with a side of fresh fruits like extra strawberries as well as orange slices. The pancakes served here are so good that I personally count them as the best in Sapporo. That, and the prices are amazing for the huge portions you get. I want more people to get to know about this place, and not just students.

     

    ▼Kaze o Kanjite (Japanese: 風をかんじて)

    Address: Kita House 1F, 17-2-3 Kita 24 Johigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Last Orders 17:00)

    Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays

    Website: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010202/1058705/

     

     

    ROJIURA CAFÉ (Susukino, Sapporo)

    ROJIURA CAFÉ is another cafe located in Susukino round on the backstreet of Round One. They serve pancakes and parfaits right into the early hours of the morning.

     

    Their caramel sauce has salt in it to add a mouthwatering salty flavour that draws out the sweetness of the fresh cream. The nuts only add to this delectable delight of a pancake.

    Fine and fluffy pancakes fit for the gods. Whether it’s a dessert like pancakes or parfaits or even meals, ROJIURA CAFÉ’s doors are open to  you from the evening until the deepest hours of the night.

     

    ▼ROJIURA CAFÉ

    Address: TAKARA6.3, 3 Chome Minami 6 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Business Hours:

    [Mon-Thurs] 18:00-03:00 (Last Orders 02:00)

    [Fri-Sat] 18:00-04:00 (Last Orders 03:00)

    [Sun & Holidays] 18:00-01:00 (Last Orders 00:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: http://sapporo-rojiuracafe.com/

     

     

    OJ Coffee (Kotoni, Sapporo)

    You’ll find OJ Coffee just a few minutes’ walk from Kotoni Station in Nishi Ward, Sapporo. This cafe serves exquisite coffees and boasts an abundant menu consisting of soba noodles, curries, steaks and more. They also serve pancakes so I decided to give them a go.

    Fluffy, moist and glorious. The pancake is topped with custard and served with a side of fresh cream, both of which aren’t overly sweet and go perfectly with the sweet beaten eggs of the pancakes. Decorated the outside of the plate is an assortment of fruits, maple syrup and other tempting treats for a variety of flavours. The coffee flavoured soft serve ice cream is a great palate cleanser too. The ice cream doesn’t have the bitterness that comes with coffee but it’s very coffee flavoured. It’s close to Kotoni Station so if you’re strolling around Nishi Ward looking for a cafe I highly recommend visiting here.

     

    ▼OJ Coffee

    Address: D Planning Bldg. 1F, Kotoni 2 Jo, Nishi Ward, Sapporo

    Business Hours: 7:30~22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://www.oj-coffee.com/

     

     

    Café Blue (Ishiyama-dori, Sapporo)

    Café Blue, built up from a renovated old house, is currently selling a new lemon and yogurt pancake for a limited time.

     

    Their pancakes never fail to be anything less than fluffy. The generously drizzled yogurt sauce is fairly refreshing and sweet while still retaining that yummy yogurt flavour. The lemon curd sauce, too, is refreshing and combines well with the pancakes as lemon always does. The lemon also has honey in it making for a satisfyingly sweet and sour combination.


    The ice cream on top is salt flavoured which bring out all the sweet flavours of the dessert. The crunchy almonds are nice and nutty and bring a great texture to the soft and sticky combinations. When I eat pancakes this is the  kind of thing I’m looking for!

     

    The sauce was refreshing and the pancake overall was delicious and very easy to get down. The yogurt sauce really is amazing!

     

    ▼Café Blue

    Address: 16-9-12 Minami 19 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Business Hours: 9:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:00)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Website: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010104/1036972/

     

     

    Did you enjoy Kei’s picks? Be sure to check out their Instagram page for more recommended desserts and foods to try in Sapporo. There’s a wealth of choices on there that will make for great reference when travelling to Hokkaido.

     

    Photo & Text: Kei (@607keih)

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • 2016-2018 rankings for top lodgings in Hokkaido! Best picks for foreigners included!

    03.May.2019 | SPOT

    TrustYou is a campaign aimed at encouraging tourism in Hokkaido. They have released accommodation rankings 2016-2018 to reveal which are the most highly rated hotels, resorts and lodgings based on word of mouth, and which places cater most for international guests. TrustYou’s stats also include the best picks for foreigners!

    1st place (general) : Noboribetsu Onsen Kyo Takinoya

    In 1st place is Noboribetsu Onsen Kyo Takinoya. It has a history of 102 years in the business and was founded in the 6th year of the Taisho era of Japan. Due to a large scale renovation that took place in 2008, the 61 room hotel was converted into 30 room hotel which stayed true to its traditional Japanese style whilst holding a slightly modern touch. They have many large hot springs so it is often called the  “Onsen Depart” (because it is full of variety ー like an onsen department store). Here there are four varieties of natural baths from sulphur baths to radium baths. As well as indoor baths, there are also baths on the rooftop which are surrounded by a forest view and gardens.

    Website: http://www.takinoya.co.jp/

    2nd place (general): Pension Jokura

    In 2nd place comes Pension Jokura. The building was once the main office of a northern wealthy merchant from the Edo period called Takadaya Kahei. The old wood from the warehouse was used to build a six-room boarding house.

     

    “44 years ago, I stayed in a boarding house in Central America to pursue my career. I was there for a few weeks which then led to my dream of owning and managing my own boarding house. After many years, I have finally made my dream come true!” said owner Sato-san, who manages the property with their partner. The best part about this place is the at-home atmosphere that you can only get in such a small boarding house like this. From word of mouth of the guests, it is clear that the owners are “very kind and friendly” and “their hospitality is absolutely wonderful”. They can even speak English. This level of hospitality has made them extremely loved by their guests.

     

    Website: https://hakodate-kankou.com/stay/2099/

     

    In 5th and 10th place come Shikotsu Lake tsuruga resort spa Mizunouta and Extract of Niseko Konbuonsen Tsuruga villa heather. These lodgings are run by the Tsuruga group, which manages 13 hot spring lodgings in Hokkaido.

     Shikotsu Lake Tsuruga resort spa Mizunouta

    Shikotsu Lake Tsuruga resort spa Mizunouta is a resort hotel which holds the concept of physical beauty and healing. From plentiful rest, food, walks, aesthetics and fitness to hot spring baths, this hotel covers all areas of health and well-being. The resort is located in Shikotsu-Tōya National Park and it is here that you can enjoy the beauty of Lake Shikotsu. There are a variety of exercise machines in the gym and approximately 20 types of pillows in the pillow gallery for guests. You can also pay a visit to the aqua bar which serves a variety of mineral waters sourced from within and outside of Japan. This truly is a unique hotel that provides more than enough for its guests.

    Website: https://www.mizunouta.com/

     

    After looking at the highly rated lodgings based on the language support they offer, you can see a clear distinction in the hotel locations and the other features that they offer. 3 of the top 5 English lodgings are located in Abuta District, Niseko. Each of these is suitable for long stay trips so it is clear that these places are popular amongst western tourists who stay for longer periods of time.

     

    For Chinese speakers, there are two resorts that are managed by a Chinese company. The Hoshino Resorts Tomamu The Tower and Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Tomamu ranked highly for foreign language support. These large-scale resorts are useful for making large group bookings which adds to its high popularity.

     

    TrustYou will help you find accommodation in Hokkaido so that you can be completely satisfied with your trip! For more information on the rankings, please check out the individual official lodging websites.

     

  • 5 Delicious Places to Eat Hokkaido Style Breakfast Around Sapporo Station

    01.October.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / Uncategorized

    Sapporo has no shortage of delicious food, and when it comes to breakfast, you’re in for a treat.

     

    Here are 5 places we recommend eating at in the morning offering a Hokkaido/Sapporo breakfast experience you won’t get anywhere else.

     

    Cafe de Nord

    Cafe de Nord is located on floor B1F of the Hokkaido Building which is directly connected to exit 6 in the underground walkway of Sapporo Station. It is also known for managing coffee roasting cafe Infinity Coffee. Going to CAFE de NORD means you can enjoy a luxurious time drinking coffee from one of their special cups while listening to some jazz. Their delicious breakfast menu includes toast with jam, cheese toast and more all of which can be enjoyed together with your favourite choice of coffee.

     

    ■Information

    Cafe de Nord

    Address: B1F Hokkaido Bldg., 4-1 Kita 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 8:00am-8:00pm / Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm

    Closed: Sundays & National Holidays

    TEL: 011-242-2221

    Info: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010101/1000431/

     

    Saera

    This coffee and sandwich shop is located on floor B3F below the underground shopping centre of Odori Station on the Toho Line side. The great thing about this place is their long menu and the ability to create your own sandwich to your liking. Popular menu items include the Red King Crab Sandwich, Fruit Sandwich and Fried Shrimp Sandwich. Whatever you order you can rest assured your sandwich will be filled to the brim.

     

    ■Information

    Saera

    Address: B3F Toshin Bldg., Nishi 2 Odorinishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00am-7:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 9:00am-6:30pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 011-221-4220

    Info: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010102/1000026/

     

    Peche Grand

    Peche Grand is a 5-minute walk from Sapporo Station on the first floor of Akarenga Terrace facing the Hokkaido Government Office. It’s inspired by cafes in Paris and was opened by Peche Mignon, a French sweet shop in Hakodate. Their breakfast menu at first was served as is, but now you can get all the French toast you like. With that you’ll also get eggs, salads, drinks, and if you’re they’re known to sometimes bring cake too. When the weather’s nice you can enjoy eating in the open terrace like a real Parisienne.

     

    ■Information

    Peche Grand

    Address: 1F Akarenga Terrace, 4 Chome-1 Kita 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00am-11:00pm / Sundays & Holidays 8:00am-10:00pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 011-206-0690

    Info: https://tabelog.com/hokkaido/A0101/A010102/1046291/

     

    Arinko

    Arinko is located in Satsueki Eat next to the east ticket gates at Sapporo Station on the JR side. They first opened in 1980 and make hand-made onigiri rice balls. If you’re going there for the first time we recommend trying their most popular choice which is cheese katsuo (cheese bonito) together with pork miso soup, a delicious combination of vegetables grown in Hokkaido and pork. It’s sure to fill you up. They also allow takeout so you can stuff your cheeks while strolling around the local sites like Hokkaido University and Odori Park. The onigiri are also made right in front of you which is exciting to watch.

     

    ■Information

    Arinko

    Address: Inside Satsueki Eat, JR Sapporo Station East Ticket Gates, 3 Chome Nishi 6 Jonoshi, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours: 7:30am-8:00pm

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 011-205-0251

    Website: http://onigiri-arinko.com

     

    Northern Kitchen All Day Dining

    This place is a 13-minute walk from Sapporo Station and is designed under the concept of ‘top quality Hokkaido breakfast.’ They serve a buffet style breakfast with each and every item prepared to the utmost perfection. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the huge selection. The inside of this eatery is also spacious and welcomes a refreshing morning meaning you can spend a calm and relaxed early start to your day.

     

    ■Information

    Northern Kitchen All Day Dining

    Address: 2F La’gent Stay Sapporo Odori, 5 Chome-26-5 Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido

    Opening Hours

    Breakfast – 6:00am-10:00am (Last Orders 9:30am)

    Lunch – 11:30am-3:00pm (Last Orders 2:00pm)

    Dinner – 6:00pm-11:00pm (Last Orders 10:00pm) / Sundays & Holidays 6:00pm-10:00pm (Last Orders 9:00pm)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 011-212-1875

    Website: http://northern-kitchen.com

     

     

    Sapporo is the gourmet city of Hokkaido, so if you’re Japan trip is taking you around the north, be sure you get a great breakfast to start your day.

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    THE LODGE will be located in the center of F Village, connecting the ES CON Field to the waterfront area. Guests will be able to get valuable tips about local attractions and one-of-a-kind experiences.

     

    In addition to a showroom where visitors can discover the charms of neighboring areas, the building will also serve as a tourism hub where tenants can enjoy outdoor activities and workshops. The location hopes to create a larger sense of community, and guests are encouraged to learn more about each unique and distinct area of Hokkaido. 

     

    Materials unique to Hokkaido (Hokkaido larch, local cedar wood, Ebetsu bricks) were used to create the space, and the roof was made to reflect the local mountain range. The creators are excited to welcome guests to this warm and inviting space next year!

  • Airbnb Reveals Top 10 Most Popular Summer Destinations in Japan

    08.June.2022 | SPOT

    Airbnb boasts one of the largest travel communities in the world, filled with users offering up lodging and those eager to visit somewhere new. The Japanese subsidiary of the company has revealed the top spots added to Japanese users ‘Favorites (Wish Lists)’ from May 1 to May 17, 2022. Where will travelers in the country be headed this summer?

     

    Golden Week is long gone and users are starting to think about where to visit during the hottest part of the year. This national ‘Wish List’ might make it easier to pick a spot, with many locations highlighting lesser-known areas!

     

    Gujo Hachiman Villa, Limited to 1 Couple Per Day (Gifu)

    This completely private rental villa was made for sauna enthusiasts. One lucky pair per day can book this suite along the Yoshida River flowing through Gujo Hachiman, known as the “City of Water and Dance.” Currently booked through the end of August, reservations for September and beyond will be available in early June. Book a stay to enjoy the gorgeous autumn foliage!

    A House Surrounded by Lush Greenery in the Countryside (Tottori)

    Hosted by a family of musicians and architects, this guesthouse invites guests to enjoy gorgeous Nordic-inspired interiors and the serene quiet of the countryside. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect spot.

    Hoshina Satomachi, Limited to 1 Couple Per Day (Nagano)

    There’s nothing like spending the summer in a traditional Japanese home. Enjoy a barbeque on the terrace and relax on the massive lawn. This is the perfect spot for families with children or pets!

    Coastal Cabin (Chiba)

    You can’t have summer without a pool. This luxurious coastal retreat boasts a 15-meter pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, bonfire space, and a barbeque. Relax by the pool while listening to your favorite songs or soak in the outdoor bath as you watch the waves crash along the shore.

    An Elegant and Peaceful Log Cabin (Nagano)

    Located at 1,300 meters above sea level on the Iizuna plateau, this log cabin is situated in the midst of a dense forest. A perfect space for couples, families, or small groups of friends, guests are welcome to enjoy hiking through this gorgeous landscape in the center of Japan!

  • NAKED’s Popular Night Walk Returns to Illuminate Jozankei Onsen in Hokkaido

    30.May.2022 | SPOT

    The JOZANKEI NATURE LUMINARIE -WATER LIGHT VALLEY- event is coming back in 2022! The event, which shows off the natural beauty of Jozankei’s rivers, valleys, and forests, from June to October. Guests can enjoy an illuminated walk along the Toyohira River in the Jozankei area of Hokkaido and wander across the picturesque Futami Suspension Bridge. 

     

    This year, the park area at the entrance to the event has been redesigned with new lights. A 2.5-meter-high blue dome will welcome guests with an image of water, and the trees and wisteria trellises will be decorated with twinkling golden lights.

     

    Welcome Light Lake *Image from 2021

     

    River Road

     

    Forest Water Ripple

     

    Nature Projection

     

    Futami Valley

    Visitors will encounter a variety of unique light art as they stroll through the rich nature of Jozankei guided by the elusive kappa, known to be the guardian Gods of the region. As visitors approach, the river begins to glow while flowers bloom in this interactive art experience. By using projection mapping across the Futami Suspension Bridge and an all-encompassing light show within the canyon, the event hopes to remind visitors that nature is important and worth preserving. 

     

    How would you like to spend your summer deep in the illuminated nature of Hokkaido?

  • Gelato Pique Cafe Unveils New American Cherry Sweets Menu

    28.May.2022 | FOOD

    Summer is fast approaching, and gelato pique cafe knows exactly how to celebrate! From May 25 until July 13, guests can enjoy a selection of four sweets featuring tons of American Cherries.

     

    American Cherry Crepe

    Made with a mildly sweet American Cherry Gelato and topped with fresh cherries, this crepe isn’t just delicious–it’s perfect for posting on social media.

     

    American Cherry Gelato & Sherbet

    This blend of gelato and sherbet can only be found at gelato pique cafe. Accented with a fresh American Cherry on top, it’s perfect for keeping cool during the summer heat.

     

    American Cherry Float / American Cherry Soda

    *The glasses featured in the image will not be available at the cafe. All beverages will be served in take-out cups.

     

    With a dramatic shift in color, these fizzy and refreshing cherry beverages make a huge impact before the first taste. After making a splash last year, the soda has been re-released in a big new way to welcome the beginning of summer!

  • Minatomirai Yokohama Opens ‘Purplish Flower Garden’ Summer Event Inspired by Hydrangea

    26.May.2022 | FOOD / SPOT

    Anniversaire Cafe Minatomirai Yokohama has opened a limited-time fair inspired by beautiful hydrangea! The ‘Purplish Flower Garden’ event is currently inviting guests to enjoy gorgeous sweets and drinks inspired by these spring and summer blooms until July 10, 2022.

    Purplish Flower Plate

    Purplish Flower Pain Perdu

    Matcha Mont Blanc

    Purplish Soda / Rainy Peach

    Purplish Flower Stand Afternoon Tea

    Purplish Flower Plate Afternoon Tea

    Petits Fleur

    The menu includes three desserts, two beverages, two afternoon tea plans, and one take-out dessert perfect for enjoying beside the sea. Come enjoy an elegant moment at the ‘Purplish Flower Garden’ event if you can!

  • Rilakkuma 20th Anniversary Tour to Visit Hokkaido

    25.May.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

    Everyone’s favorite lazy bear Rilakkuma is turning 20! To commemorate this big event, Sanrio is holding a special tour that will travel around Japan. From July 13 until August 31, events will pop up in three cities in Hokkaido–Sapporo, Obihiro, and Hakodate.

     

    Merchandise

    Rilakkuma & Todok Collaboration Cotton Gloves

     

    The environmentally-friendly event will offer locally designed products made from recycled materials. A special Hokkaido Ocean Cleanup will also be held with a group in Sapporo, and those participating in the event will receive a limited edition pair of cotton gloves.


    Prior to the start of the event, the official Twitter account of the Rilakkuma tour (@rk_ensembletour) is running a limited-time campaign until May 29. 10 lucky people will win a magnet sticker not available for sale! To enter, just follow the account and retweet the tagged Tweet.

  • Extensive Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Exhibition to Open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido

    15.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    An exhibition focusing on the Mugen Train and Entertainment District Arcs of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will open at Sapporo Factory in Hokkaido from July 15 until August 7, 2022.

     

    Fans of the series won’t want to miss this huge showing of Demon Slayer materials, including a video exhibit showing off some of the best fight scenes from the film and anime series on a massive screen. 

     

    Stay tuned for more details!

     

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