Snowmobile Snowcapade, Furano Hokkaido

Snowmobile Tips: *Dress appropriately. They say there is no such thing as “too cold weather,” only “wrong clothing.” *Right handle = accelerate . *Left handle = brakes *Stay 100 meters away from other snowmobilers *Oops, did I say turn on the engine? Patrice and I on the snowmobile. I overcame my fear of driving it…

Snowshoeing at White Koala, Furano Hokkaido

Benefits of Snowshoeing: Nature Therapy Fitness Forest bathing Detox 2 things made Snowshoeing easier on my 2nd try: 1-Choose a snowshoe not too big 2-Use walking sticks (with snow basket) Biru-san, our snow forest guide, said: *use waterproof winter jacket & pants *waterproof winter boots only *mind the Left and Right snowshoe. *put boot far…

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…

Sweet Secrets at Shiroi Koibito Park, Hokkaido

Behind this wall, Cookie Disneyland! Langue de Chat [Lengua de Gato] sandwich with white chocolate filling.  Maybe you’re familiar with the famous cookie! In the unlikely event that you are not, Langue de Chat means “cat’s tongue” to connote the oval shape and thinness of the delicate French cookie that “melts” easily in your mouth. Ishiya’s…

Otaru 2: Canal Cruise

Otaru’s iconic symbol, the Otaru Canal, was completed in 1923 when Western influence penetrated Japan and ships coming in to Hokkaido came through Otaru’s port. Large shipping vessels used to unload their goods to smaller ships which in turn brought the supplies to the warehouses that lined the canal. In the 1980’s, a private citizen…

Sapporo City Trek

After watching the Filipino film Kita Kita, I got so excited to see Hokkaido which was filmed in this region! [Kita Kita Filming Locations] Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo, is a convenient base for the region. Getting around (except for the Furano lavender area) is easy with trains, even from the New Chitose Airport. With a little…

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…

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…