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…

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…

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…

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…