Historical Village, Hokkaido

One of the most elaborate and relatable interactive museums on Japanese culture and history I’ve been to is Historical Village, Hokkaido. It is an expansive open-air museum that contains sixty typical buildings from the Meiji and Taisho periods from different parts of Hokkaido. Flowers from the trees had been falling to the train tracks which…

Hinode (Sunrise) Park, Kamifurano Hokkaido

Hinode (Sunrise) Park has rolling hills of lavender and other flowers.  In the fullness of its time, rows of bright colors will look like a glorious rainbow field. Though not quite at this time. More sunshine, water, and tending need to work the process in. A view of the Tokachi Volcanic Group is clear from here….

Hokkaido Dairy, Corn, and Other Produce

Hokkaido is famous for its premium dairy products… cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, and milk. Its undulating picturesque hills are perfect nurturing pastures for its cows and sheep. It is also famous for its exceptionally sweet corn, potato, and melon. We stopped by a rest area with a little market selling Hokkaido’s specialties. “Be patient,…

Rainbow-coloured Shikisai Hills: Hokkaido

Shikisai Hills has an Alpaca Farm and rainbow-coloured flower fields!! Except… the blooms were just hinting at what they will become as they were still in the process of growing.  In the fullness of time, these hills would look like a multi-colored carpet bursting with color! In certain seasons of our lives, we’ve already planted…

Kamifurano Lunch Stop by Miyamatoge Art Park: Hokkaidoo

We had a barbecue lunch by Miyamatoge Art Park.  We didn’t have time to go inside the museum but just went to the adjacent Yakiniku restaurant. The view is beautiful, the photo can’t quite capture the natural beauty of this poetic landscape. I liked the sausage for the yakiniku but the other meats were a little…

Shirahige Falls, Biei, Hokkaido

A very short drive away from the Biei Blue Pond is the Shirahige Falls. The flowing water to the beautiful turquoise waters below resembles a “White Beard” and that is the meaning of its name, “Shirahige.”  The waterfall descends from 600 meters above sea level. We can view this pretty waterfall from Shirogane (Blue River)…

Lavender Farm Tomita, Hokkaido

Ever since I saw in Provence how the lavender is hailed for its medicinal, culinary, decorative, aromatherapy, domestic application uses, my esteem for this plant has blossomed. It’s been my longtime dream to come to the Lavender Farm Tomita in Furano City, (Hokkaido Island) and wade in a purple sea of flowers. So much excitement…

Hokkaido: Chateau Furano

Not far from the Furano Cheese Factory  is Chateau Furano in Hokkaido. They use local ingredients for their wine production.  A visit to the factory allows you to learn about how they make their wines with a walk-through to the wine cellar/ aging warehouse. Free wine samples are available. There is also a gift shop…

Hokkaido: Furano Cheese Factory

Furano Cheese Factory (富良野チーズ工房, Furano Cheese Kōbō) has an open window for guests to see how the Japanese Camembert cheese is made. Squid ink cheese and other cheese samples welcome you. Informative displays and vintage dairy memorabilia are on display. Interactive displays are available for guests to explore: Educational workshops are also available. Besides the…