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Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo in summer Many cute animals for you to make friends up close

Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo in summer Many cute animals for you to make friends up close

Asahiyama Zoo is an interesting place to visit near Asahikawa. It is a place you can go spend an entire day without getting bored. It's more popular in winter as there is a special penguin parade show. However, in summer, this place is not any less fun to visit. Aside from the many animals (both local Hokkaido species and animals from around the world), the key highlight of this place is the many interesting and up close ways you can interact with the animals that are unlike any other zoos.

Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu

Sapporo

5-420, Nishi, Minami 8 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-0808 

  • 3 minutes on foot from Nakajima Koen Station (Exit 2), Sapporo Municipal Subway, Nanboku Line

  • 8 minutes on foot from Susukino Station

  • 10 minutes by car from the north gate st Sapporo Station

Distance from hotel

about 2 hours by car from Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Sapporo

5-1, Nishi, Minami 4 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-8509 

  • 1 minutes on foot from Susukino Station (Exit 4), Sapporo Municipal Subway, park Line

  • 10 minutes by car from JR Sapporo Station

  • About 20 minutes by free shuttle bus from the north gate at JR Sapporo Station to Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Distance from hotel

about 30 minutes by car from Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Sapporo Snow Festival An art museum made of snow

Sapporo Snow Festival       An art museum made of snow

February is the coldest month in Japan, and that means a lot of snow. Sapporo has found a way to use all that snow to their advantage, and for the past 63 years, they have held one of Japan’s largest winter events—the Sapporo Snow festival. Millions of people from around the world come to see the snow sculptures that make Odori Park a winter wonderland.

Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu

Sapporo

5-420, Nishi, Minami 8 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-0808 

  • 3 minutes on foot from Nakajima Koen Station (Exit 2), Sapporo Municipal Subway, Nanboku Line

  • 8 minutes on foot from Susukino Station

  • 10 minutes by car from the north gate st Sapporo Station

Distance from hotel

about 10 hours by car from Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Sapporo

5-1, Nishi, Minami 4 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-8509 

  • 1 minutes on foot from Susukino Station (Exit 4), Sapporo Municipal Subway, park Line

  • 10 minutes by car from JR Sapporo Station

  • About 20 minutes by free shuttle bus from the north gate at JR Sapporo Station to Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Distance from hotel

about 10 minutes by car from Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo in summer Many cute animals for you to make friends up close

Hokkaido: Asahiyama Zoo in summer Many cute animals for you to make friends up close

Asahiyama Zoo is an interesting place to visit near Asahikawa. It is a place you can go spend an entire day without getting bored. It's more popular in winter as there is a special penguin parade show. However, in summer, this place is not any less fun to visit. Aside from the many animals (both local Hokkaido species and animals from around the world), the key highlight of this place is the many interesting and up close ways you can interact with the animals that are unlike any other zoos.

Sapporo Snow Festival An art museum made of snow

Sapporo Snow Festival     An art museum made of snow

February is the coldest month in Japan, and that means a lot of snow. Sapporo has found a way to use all that snow to their advantage, and for the past 63 years, they have held one of Japan’s largest winter events—the Sapporo Snow festival. Millions of people from around the world come to see the snow sculptures that make Odori Park a winter wonderland.

Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Sapporo

5-1, Nishi, Minami 4 Jo, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-8509 

  • 1 minutes on foot from Susukino Station (Exit 4), Sapporo Municipal Subway, park Line

  • 10 minutes by car from JR Sapporo Station

  • About 20 minutes by free shuttle bus from the north gate at JR Sapporo Station to Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Distance from hotel

about 10 minutes by car from Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel

Japan's Best Sake for 2017 "Fukushima Pride" has become the new standard

Japan's Best Sake for 2017     "Fukushima Pride" has become the new standard

Last week the 2017 results of the authoritative “Annual Japan Sake Awards” were announced by the National Research Institute of Brewing. The title of “Best Sake in Japan” is again Fukushima. This marks the 5th consecutive year Fukushima prefecture has been awarded the most Gold Prizes in the century old contest.

Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel

Urabandai

Aza-arasuna-sawayama, Oaza-Hibara, Kitashiobara-mura, Yama-gun, Fukushima 969-2701 

  • 30 minutes from Inawashiro Station on the JR Banetsu Nishi Line (Shuttle bus service via scheduled bus; reservation required)

  • 100 minutes by car from JR Koriyama Station

  • 90 minutes by car from JR Fukushima Station

Distance from hotel

about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel

Fukushima Waraji Festival Fukushima's summer festival opens with vibrant parade

Fukushima Waraji Festival    Fukushima's summer festival opens with vibrant parade

Named after the traditional 'waraij' straw sandals, Fukushima's annual festival to mark the summer kicks off in early August. While you therefore understandably might see a lot of straw sandals on display, the centrepiece is the 12 m long, 2 ton giant version hoisted down the street to mark the parade's opening (sadly missing from this video though!).

Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel

Urabandai

Aza-arasuna-sawayama, Oaza-Hibara, Kitashiobara-mura, Yama-gun, Fukushima 969-2701 

  • 30 minutes from Inawashiro Station on the JR Banetsu Nishi Line (Shuttle bus service via scheduled bus; reservation required)

  • 100 minutes by car from JR Koriyama Station

  • 90 minutes by car from JR Fukushima Station

Distance from hotel

about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel