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TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Hokkaido mountains, my home. Photo:Hokkaido mountains, my home. TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Hokkaido’s Cherry Blossoms: 5 Recommended Spots and Related Tips Photo:Hokkaido’s Cherry Blossoms: 5 Recommended Spots and Related Tips TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information HOKKAIDO, The Islands of Adventure Photo:HOKKAIDO, The Islands of Adventure TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Japan’s First Fall Foliage of the Year! Hokkaido’s Top 8 Fall Spots Photo:Japan’s First Fall Foliage of the Year! Hokkaido’s Top 8 Fall Spots TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Enjoy Snow Sports! Hokkaido’s 15 Best Snow Resorts: Access and Features Photo:Enjoy Snow Sports! Hokkaido’s 15 Best Snow Resorts: Access and Features TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information A Unique Phenomenon! How to Enjoy Hokkaido’s Drift Ice Photo:A Unique Phenomenon! How to Enjoy Hokkaido’s Drift Ice TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Shikaribetsu Kotan: A Village of Snow and Ice! Activities and Sights Photo:Shikaribetsu Kotan: A Village of Snow and Ice! Activities and Sights TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Enjoy Hokkaido’s Hot Springs in Winter! A Relaxing Stay at Noboribetsu Onsen Photo:Enjoy Hokkaido’s Hot Springs in Winter! A Relaxing Stay at Noboribetsu Onsen TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Sapporo: Little-Known Fun Places to Visit in Hokkaido’s Capital City Photo:Sapporo: Little-Known Fun Places to Visit in Hokkaido’s Capital City TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Coexisting with Nature: Hokkaido’s Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park Photo:Coexisting with Nature: Hokkaido’s Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Hokkaido Outdoor Fun in Akan-Mashu National Park: Hiking, Canoeing, and More! Photo:Hokkaido Outdoor Fun in Akan-Mashu National Park: Hiking, Canoeing, and More! TRAVEL INFO. Travel Information Akan-Mashu National Park highlights Photo:Akan-Mashu National Park highlights HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Vivid flowers cover the slopes Photo:Vivid flowers cover the slopes HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Kaminoko ike Pond: magical blue color generated by volcanic action Photo:Kaminoko ike Pond: magical blue color generated by volcanic action HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sunflowers in full bloom beside Memanbetsu Airport Photo:Sunflowers in full bloom beside Memanbetsu Airport HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Once-every-four-year potato flowers in full bloom Photo:Once-every-four-year potato flowers in full bloom HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido 2 million flowers form main feature as Sunflower Festival opens in Hokuryu Photo:2 million flowers form main feature as Sunflower Festival opens in Hokuryu HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Three thousand ‘floating hydrangea’ in 6 colors decorate Matsumae Park Photo:Three thousand ‘floating hydrangea’ in 6 colors decorate Matsumae Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Magical glow on floodlit lavender hill Photo:Magical glow on floodlit lavender hill HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Northernmost rose garden in Haboro reaches its peak Photo:Northernmost rose garden in Haboro reaches its peak HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Amur daylilies embellish Mt. Rishiri Photo:Amur daylilies embellish Mt. Rishiri HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Morning mist tunnel Photo:Morning mist tunnel HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Garden Festa with 1,100 ㎡ flowerbed begins Photo:Garden Festa with 1,100 ㎡ flowerbed begins HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Ishikari Lighthouse forms the backdrop for the peak of the ‘Japanese-rose’ viewing season Photo:Ishikari Lighthouse forms the backdrop for the peak of the ‘Japanese-rose’ viewing season HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Lake Kussharo covered in sea of clouds Photo:Lake Kussharo covered in sea of clouds HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Aerial stroll – the heart amid a rapeseed blossom field Photo:Aerial stroll – the heart amid a rapeseed blossom field HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Tarumae Garo, cliffside covered in green moss Photo:Tarumae Garo, cliffside covered in green moss HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Explore Lake Toya’s ‘Zero Point’ – the remnants of an underwater volcano Photo:Explore Lake Toya’s ‘Zero Point’ – the remnants of an underwater volcano HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hillsides colored yellow with rape blossoms at Kuroda Farm in Otofuke Photo:Hillsides colored yellow with rape blossoms at Kuroda Farm in Otofuke HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sargent’s cherry blossoms bloom in Kushiro – the latest in Japan. Photo:Sargent’s cherry blossoms bloom in Kushiro – the latest in Japan. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Flower raft brings color to Goryokaku moat Photo:Flower raft brings color to Goryokaku moat HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Asian fawnlily in full bloom at Otokoyama Nature Park Photo:Asian fawnlily in full bloom at Otokoyama Nature Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Yoshino cherry blossoms bloom 6 days earlier than normal in Matsumae Photo:Yoshino cherry blossoms bloom 6 days earlier than normal in Matsumae HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido 【Kamuy landscapes】 Migrating birds in the morning mist – Bibai Photo:【Kamuy landscapes】 Migrating birds in the morning mist – Bibai HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido New rules for the use of Lake Shikotsu include canoeing, SUPs and playing in the water Photo:New rules for the use of Lake Shikotsu include canoeing, SUPs and playing in the water HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Areas that require caution included in revised version of Kushiro River canoeing guidelines Photo:Areas that require caution included in revised version of Kushiro River canoeing guidelines HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Eniwa Flower Tour tourism program of 6 city gardens registered on national system Photo:Eniwa Flower Tour tourism program of 6 city gardens registered on national system HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Teshio River Canoe Touring Competition" back on July 17 after two-year absence Photo:"Teshio River Canoe Touring Competition" back on July 17 after two-year absence HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Walking the difficult ‘knife ridge’ to Mt. Toyoni-dake in the Hidaka mountain range Photo:Walking the difficult ‘knife ridge’ to Mt. Toyoni-dake in the Hidaka mountain range HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Relaxed seals appear in Kushiro Port Photo:Relaxed seals appear in Kushiro Port HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Cyclists "impressed" with views of Kamishihoro bridge arches from frozen Lake Nukabira Photo:Cyclists "impressed" with views of Kamishihoro bridge arches from frozen Lake Nukabira HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mt. Soranuma-dake’s winter-only frozen swamp crossing Photo:Mt. Soranuma-dake’s winter-only frozen swamp crossing HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Two " netted deer " tangled in fishing net spotted at Notsuke Peninsula Photo:Two " netted deer " tangled in fishing net spotted at Notsuke Peninsula HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Students impressed by marimo awaiting the arrival of spring during observation at commemorative graduation event at Lake Akan Photo:Students impressed by marimo awaiting the arrival of spring during observation at commemorative graduation event at Lake Akan HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Fukujuso flowers bloom in Southern Hokkaido's Hakodate Photo:Fukujuso flowers bloom in Southern Hokkaido's Hakodate HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Windbreak trees look like tapestry Photo:Windbreak trees look like tapestry HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mysterious clouds above the sea off Rausu, the southern limit of the drift ice Photo:Mysterious clouds above the sea off Rausu, the southern limit of the drift ice HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Doing nothing" Utoro-style just watching the sights while drift-ice bathing Photo:"Doing nothing" Utoro-style just watching the sights while drift-ice bathing HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Abashiri’s drift-ice sightseeing reaches its peak Photo:Abashiri’s drift-ice sightseeing reaches its peak HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Niseko’s "snow cabbages" sufficiently sweet Photo:Niseko’s "snow cabbages" sufficiently sweet HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Wintertime Shiretoko Cape Chashikotsu, a world of ice Photo:Wintertime Shiretoko Cape Chashikotsu, a world of ice HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Rime covered trees appear on Mt. Horohoro almost like a gang of monsters Photo:Rime covered trees appear on Mt. Horohoro almost like a gang of monsters HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Photographers enthralled, setting sun sinks into drift ice at Cape Puyuni Photo:Photographers enthralled, setting sun sinks into drift ice at Cape Puyuni HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Magical scene of frost mist and light at the Kussharo lakeside Photo:Magical scene of frost mist and light at the Kussharo lakeside HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Animal snow figures appear on the trunks of trees in Maruyama Park Photo:Animal snow figures appear on the trunks of trees in Maruyama Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido ‘Drift-ice walk’ to experience floating with the ice floes Photo:‘Drift-ice walk’ to experience floating with the ice floes HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Morning river fog on the Tokachi Plain Photo: Morning river fog on the Tokachi Plain HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mt. Tokachidake recognized as Japan Geopark to become 6th region in Hokkaido Photo:Mt. Tokachidake recognized as Japan Geopark to become 6th region in Hokkaido HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sounds and scenery – Mysterious sounds from the frozen surface of Lake Nukabira Photo:Sounds and scenery – Mysterious sounds from the frozen surface of Lake Nukabira HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Breathtaking snow scenery at Mt. Mokoto Photo:Breathtaking snow scenery at Mt. Mokoto HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Ezo red fox explores drift ice surface Photo:Ezo red fox explores drift ice surface HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Cows’ whiskers freeze as temperatures drop below minus 25 Photo:Cows’ whiskers freeze as temperatures drop below minus 25 HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Garinko-go departs as first day of drift ice is confirmed in Mombetsu Photo:Garinko-go departs as first day of drift ice is confirmed in Mombetsu HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Floodlights create magical view of giant icicle at Engaru’s Yamabiko Falls Photo:Floodlights create magical view of giant icicle at Engaru’s Yamabiko Falls HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Art made from jewelry ice shines golden in the morning sun Photo:Art made from jewelry ice shines golden in the morning sun HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Visitors cheer first sunrise from Bihoro Pass Photo:Visitors cheer first sunrise from Bihoro Pass HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Frost flowers – the brief, white meadows of Lake Toro Photo:Frost flowers – the brief, white meadows of Lake Toro HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Seals cared for at a center in Mombetsu released back into the sea Photo:Seals cared for at a center in Mombetsu released back into the sea HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Popular cold-weather proof Tsurui campsite, with gear rental options Photo:Popular cold-weather proof Tsurui campsite, with gear rental options HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Experience Yubari winter, "ice carousel" appears at Lake Shuparo in late January Photo:Experience Yubari winter, "ice carousel" appears at Lake Shuparo in late January HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvesting ice wine grapes, concentrated sweetness at below zero temperatures Photo:Harvesting ice wine grapes, concentrated sweetness at below zero temperatures HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sun pillars and halos appear in Kitami as freezing temperatures hit the Okhotsk region Photo:Sun pillars and halos appear in Kitami as freezing temperatures hit the Okhotsk region HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The making of ‘satcep’ – traditional Ainu whole-dried salmon – begins Photo:The making of ‘satcep’ – traditional Ainu whole-dried salmon – begins HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Rebun Island Tourist Association workation test tour Photo:Rebun Island Tourist Association workation test tour HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hot-spring footbath digging and dog & campervan accommodation form part of Marukome Onsen’s new plans Photo:Hot-spring footbath digging and dog & campervan accommodation form part of Marukome Onsen’s new plans HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Peak moth orchid shipping season in Akabira Photo:Peak moth orchid shipping season in Akabira HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Northern mangoes cultivated using excess heat from biogas power plant Photo:Northern mangoes cultivated using excess heat from biogas power plant HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Maeda wins Grand Prix with photo of inverted snow-capped Rishiri Fuji Photo:Maeda wins Grand Prix with photo of inverted snow-capped Rishiri Fuji HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Snow capped Shiretoko mountain range clear against the blue sky Photo:Snow capped Shiretoko mountain range clear against the blue sky HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Shiretoko Salmon Fisherman has 20,000 followers on TikTok with fish filleting videos Photo:Shiretoko Salmon Fisherman has 20,000 followers on TikTok with fish filleting videos HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Large amounts of scallops landed in Nemuro Port for the first time this season Photo:Large amounts of scallops landed in Nemuro Port for the first time this season HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The ‘shape of the north’ – windswept forests created by the harsh winter winds Photo: The ‘shape of the north’ – windswept forests created by the harsh winter winds HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Otaru’s Onze becomes first Hokkaido ski area to open Photo:Otaru’s Onze becomes first Hokkaido ski area to open HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Promoting amazing Rishiri Island sites with live camera stream Photo:Promoting amazing Rishiri Island sites with live camera stream HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Betsukai’s ‘Kenjo Nishibetsu salmon’ sway in the cold breeze Photo:Betsukai’s ‘Kenjo Nishibetsu salmon’ sway in the cold breeze HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Blue Otaru Canal" illuminated by ten thousand lights Photo:"Blue Otaru Canal" illuminated by ten thousand lights HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Shiretoko sunrise, sky color changes from moment to moment Photo: Shiretoko sunrise, sky color changes from moment to moment HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Diving for sea urchin begins early in Nemuro due to damage from red tide Photo:Diving for sea urchin begins early in Nemuro due to damage from red tide HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Light-up starts at Blue Pond in Biei Photo:Light-up starts at Blue Pond in Biei HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvesting of rice-paddy art Photo:Harvesting of rice-paddy art HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido 1,396 whooper swans fly in to Lake Fuuren and Onneto Marsh in Nemuro Photo:1,396 whooper swans fly in to Lake Fuuren and Onneto Marsh in Nemuro HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Autumn Hokkai shrimp fishing seasons begins in Notsuke Bay, Betsukai Photo:Autumn Hokkai shrimp fishing seasons begins in Notsuke Bay, Betsukai HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Beautiful forest shadows created by yellow larch leaves and oblique light Photo:Beautiful forest shadows created by yellow larch leaves and oblique light HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Stream walking to waterfall in Shiraoi River Photo:Stream walking to waterfall in Shiraoi River HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Fluffy kochia color the park Photo:Fluffy kochia color the park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Forests of moss in the Shiretoko mountains where the sound of streams can be heard amid the silence Photo:Forests of moss in the Shiretoko mountains where the sound of streams can be heard amid the silence HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Minus 5.6 degrees in Shibecha as season’s lowest temperatures recorded in regions around Hokkaido Photo:Minus 5.6 degrees in Shibecha as season’s lowest temperatures recorded in regions around Hokkaido HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The mountains are white and first snow falls on the plains in the three cities of Wakkanai, Asahikawa and Abashiri Photo:The mountains are white and first snow falls on the plains in the three cities of Wakkanai, Asahikawa and Abashiri HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Summer tourism trump card MTB test-ride event in Niseko Photo:Summer tourism trump card MTB test-ride event in Niseko HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Akan Tourism Association hold monitor tour with the aim of introducing a program in which Ainu culture is experienced by means of camping Photo:Akan Tourism Association hold monitor tour with the aim of introducing a program in which Ainu culture is experienced by means of camping HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Autumn leaf watching with umbrellas to maintain optimal distance Photo:Autumn leaf watching with umbrellas to maintain optimal distance HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Greater white-fronted geese blanket the sky during "take-off" at Bibai'sMiyajima Marsh Photo:Greater white-fronted geese blanket the sky during "take-off" at Bibai'sMiyajima Marsh HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Early winter contrast beautiful at Tokachidake Mountain range Photo:Early winter contrast beautiful at Tokachidake Mountain range HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Lake Kussharo’s sea of clouds and the primeval forest that appears at sunrise Photo:Lake Kussharo’s sea of clouds and the primeval forest that appears at sunrise HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido ‘Shiretoko Goko’ autumn foliage peaks one week earlier than usual Photo:‘Shiretoko Goko’ autumn foliage peaks one week earlier than usual HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First time in 9 years Mt. Asahidake’s first light covering of snow has occurred as late as October Photo:First time in 9 years Mt. Asahidake’s first light covering of snow has occurred as late as October HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sunflower viewing returns for first time in 2 years at Kuroda Farm in Otofuke Photo:Sunflower viewing returns for first time in 2 years at Kuroda Farm in Otofuke HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Yokozuna"Japanese beech in national forestland, candidate for new popular Esashi spot Photo:"Yokozuna"Japanese beech in national forestland, candidate for new popular Esashi spot HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mystical sunsets enthrall tourists as autumn arrives in earnest at Lake Shikotsu Photo:Mystical sunsets enthrall tourists as autumn arrives in earnest at Lake Shikotsu HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvest of big, sweet ‘La La Shine’ Shine Muscat grapes begins in Niki Photo:Harvest of big, sweet ‘La La Shine’ Shine Muscat grapes begins in Niki HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Brown bears --- Highlighting the need for harmony between human society and nature Photo: Brown bears --- Highlighting the need for harmony between human society and nature HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Autumn foliage peaks at Taisetsu Kogen Onsen, Sounkyo Photo:Autumn foliage peaks at Taisetsu Kogen Onsen, Sounkyo HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvest autumn mosaic Photo:Harvest autumn mosaic HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvesting of rice begins in earnest as ears turn golden Photo:Harvesting of rice begins in earnest as ears turn golden HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Detailed aerial images of Mt. Iou fumaroles captured by drone Photo:Detailed aerial images of Mt. Iou fumaroles captured by drone HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Crested kingfisher concentrates on diving for fish Photo:Crested kingfisher concentrates on diving for fish HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Akkeshi-based Kushiro Ohta Agricultural Cooperative deploys drone as bear countermeasure and to assess food damage Photo:Akkeshi-based Kushiro Ohta Agricultural Cooperative deploys drone as bear countermeasure  and to assess food damage HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Quiet Lake Kussharo for future generations Photo:Quiet Lake Kussharo for future generations HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Upper atmospheric lightning ‘Sprite’ successfully filmed Photo:Upper atmospheric lightning ‘Sprite’ successfully filmed HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Specially selected Yamasachi grapes make high quality wine Photo:Specially selected Yamasachi grapes make high quality wine HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sockeye salmon turn a bright crimson breeding color at Chitose Aquarium Photo:Sockeye salmon turn a bright crimson breeding color at Chitose Aquarium HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Silent prayers to mourn the 44 who lost their lives in the Eastern Iburi Earthquake 3 years ago Photo:Silent prayers to mourn the 44 who lost their lives in the Eastern Iburi Earthquake 3 years ago HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Chipmunks’ cheeks full of fruits of autumn Photo:Chipmunks’ cheeks full of fruits of autumn HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvesting of ‘highest quality’ Kamifurano hops reaches peak Photo:Harvesting of ‘highest quality’ Kamifurano hops reaches peak HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Magical "lake bottom railroad" at Lake Shikaribetsu garners attention Photo:Magical "lake bottom railroad" at Lake Shikaribetsu garners attention HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Glasswort blanketed in vermillion at Notoro lakeside in Abashiri Photo:Glasswort blanketed in vermillion at Notoro lakeside in Abashiri HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Peak of potato harvest in Obihiro, Tokachi Photo:Peak of potato harvest in Obihiro, Tokachi HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First catch landed in Taiki as autumn salmon fishing begins on the Pacific coast in eastern Hokkaido Photo:First catch landed in Taiki as autumn salmon fishing begins on the Pacific coast in eastern Hokkaido HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Brown bears head to the sea in search of salmon Photo: Brown bears head to the sea in search of salmon HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Matsumae Kagura in buckwheat fields Photo:Matsumae Kagura in buckwheat fields HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Circle of light at Tokachidake mountain range, a Nakafurano "solar halo" Photo:Circle of light at Tokachidake mountain range, a Nakafurano "solar halo" HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Pika relaxes with tummy up in the air Photo: Pika relaxes with tummy up in the air HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Fifty large boats leave three ports to fish for Pacific saury off the coast of eastern Hokkaido Photo:Fifty large boats leave three ports to fish for Pacific saury off the coast of eastern Hokkaido HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Broadnose sevengill shark in Shibetsu Offing caught in net and displayed at Salmon Science Museum Photo:Broadnose sevengill shark in Shibetsu Offing caught in net and displayed at Salmon Science Museum HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A green heart floating amid the Shakotan blue Photo:A green heart floating amid the Shakotan blue HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sea Otter’s grooming protects the young Photo:Sea Otter’s grooming protects the young HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Pacific white-sided dolphins attract females with dynamic jumps Photo:Pacific white-sided dolphins attract females with dynamic jumps HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First ‘gravel’ cycling event held on forest trails in Niseko Photo:First ‘gravel’ cycling event held on forest trails in Niseko HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido As the winter wheat turns golden, harvesting in Tokachi begins in earnest Photo:As the winter wheat turns golden, harvesting in Tokachi begins in earnest HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Black-browed reed warbler chirping resounds amidst a wave of sound Photo:Black-browed reed warbler chirping resounds amidst a wave of sound HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Polar bears get salmon presents Photo:Polar bears get salmon presents HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Best time to view rice-paddy art in Asahikawa Photo:Best time to view rice-paddy art in Asahikawa HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Taisetsu Mountain Range "alpine plant path" in full bloom Photo:Taisetsu Mountain Range  "alpine plant path" in full bloom HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Peregrine falcon, a clifftop speedster Photo:Peregrine falcon, a clifftop speedster HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Enjoy the amazing nature of Tsurui on a bicycle Photo:Enjoy the amazing nature of Tsurui on a bicycle HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First red-crowned cranes to visit Haboro in two years Photo:First red-crowned cranes to visit Haboro in two years HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Red-necked phalaropes journey to Arctic Circle Photo:Red-necked phalaropes journey to Arctic Circle HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Olympian joins stone carrying and path maintenance on Mt. Datemonbetsu Photo:Olympian joins stone carrying and path maintenance on Mt. Datemonbetsu HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Height of sweet cherry harvest Photo:Height of sweet cherry harvest HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Cool violet color of the flax flower Photo:Cool violet color of the flax flower HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Special ‘Pokémon Fossil Museum’ exhibition held at Mikasa City Museum Photo:Special ‘Pokémon Fossil Museum’ exhibition held at Mikasa City Museum HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Potato plants bloom in Kutchan Photo:Potato plants bloom in Kutchan HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Tens of thousands of short-tailed shearwaters gather in search of krill Photo:Tens of thousands of short-tailed shearwaters gather in search of krill HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Enjoy relaxing stay in Rishirifuji, experience pleasures of island life Photo:Enjoy relaxing stay in Rishirifuji, experience pleasures of island life HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido ‘Nature Luminarie’ begins in Jozankei Photo:‘Nature Luminarie’ begins in Jozankei HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Luxurious camping away from urban crowding, Makubetsu Nauman Onsen glamping facilities open Photo:Luxurious camping away from urban crowding, Makubetsu Nauman Onsen glamping facilities open HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido ‘Voyage stamp cards’ sold on Wakkanai-Rishiri/Rebun ferry route Photo:‘Voyage stamp cards’ sold on Wakkanai-Rishiri/Rebun ferry route HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Latham's snipes make cracking lighting noise and nose dive Photo: Latham's snipes make cracking lighting noise and nose dive HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hokkaido’s largest-scale summer ski slope opens Photo:Hokkaido’s largest-scale summer ski slope opens HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Siberian lilies welcome trains as the peak of flowering approaches at Koshimizu Genseikaen Wild Flower Park Photo:Siberian lilies welcome trains as the peak of flowering approaches at Koshimizu Genseikaen Wild Flower Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Otaru Dream Beach, first Hokkaido beach to open Photo:Otaru Dream Beach, first Hokkaido beach to open HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Tea planting in Niseko as Lupicia aims to commercialize ‘Hokkaido tea’ Photo:Tea planting in Niseko as Lupicia aims to commercialize ‘Hokkaido tea’ HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Habitat observation meeting held as large number of ‘marimo’ are washed ashore in Churui Bay Photo:Habitat observation meeting held as large number of ‘marimo’ are washed ashore in Churui Bay HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hopes for revival of ‘ciffside playground’ Photo:Hopes for revival of ‘ciffside playground’ HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Amazing pod of five-meter-long killer whales Photo:Amazing pod of five-meter-long killer whales HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Recreational fishing season opens on Lake Shikaribetsu endemic species Miyabe char fish Photo:Recreational fishing season opens on Lake Shikaribetsu endemic species Miyabe char fish HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Freelance lumberjack nurtures the forests Photo:Freelance lumberjack nurtures the forests HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Akkeshi Ayame Irises in half bloom, protected by horses Photo:Akkeshi Ayame Irises in half bloom, protected by horses HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Otaru Aquarium’s fun friends: action of pushing a newborn walrus was surprising Photo:Otaru Aquarium’s fun friends: action of pushing a newborn walrus was surprising HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Best time to view a large colony of rhododendrons swaying in the breeze Photo:Best time to view a large colony of rhododendrons swaying in the breeze HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Growing Ural owl begs for food Photo:Growing Ural owl begs for food HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hokkaido red squirrel leaps straight for nuts Photo: Hokkaido red squirrel leaps straight for nuts HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Fun climbing the famous Kamuiwakka Hot-spring Falls in Shiretoko Photo:Fun climbing the famous Kamuiwakka Hot-spring Falls in Shiretoko HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Rebun lady's slipper orchids bloom charmingly Photo:Rebun lady's slipper orchids bloom charmingly HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Black woodpeckers show affection for their young in pairs Photo:Black woodpeckers show affection for their young in pairs HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido ‘Tokapuchi 400’ selected as National Cycle Route Photo:‘Tokapuchi 400’ selected as National Cycle Route HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Best time to see wisteria trellises in Hakodate’s Goryokaku Park Photo:Best time to see wisteria trellises in Hakodate’s Goryokaku Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Installation of trees interwoven with cloth – an outdoor exhibition of work by Obihiro artist Umeda Photo:Installation of trees interwoven with cloth – an outdoor exhibition of work by Obihiro artist Umeda HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Shibazakura flowers "collaborate" with Mount Yotei scenery Photo:Shibazakura flowers "collaborate" with Mount Yotei scenery HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Full red moon, a total lunar eclipse observable even in Hokkaido Photo:Full red moon, a total lunar eclipse observable even in Hokkaido HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A brown bear and her cubs at ease in the sun Photo: A brown bear and her cubs at ease in the sun HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The glowing sunset together with Mt. Rishiri and Teshio Riverside Park Photo:The glowing sunset together with Mt. Rishiri and Teshio Riverside Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Goats let loose to graze at winery in Nakafurano Photo:Goats let loose to graze at winery in Nakafurano HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A sweet-smelling pink carpet – Takinoue moss phlox Photo:A sweet-smelling pink carpet – Takinoue moss phlox HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Happiness-bringing lilacs in Sapporo Photo:Happiness-bringing lilacs in Sapporo HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The Ezo red fox: an encounter with the unknown Photo:The Ezo red fox: an encounter with the unknown HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Blue columbine flowers blooming beautifully again this year in Hakodate Photo:Blue columbine flowers blooming beautifully again this year in Hakodate HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido 300 cherry-blossom trees in full bloom again this year along a 2-km stretch of the Rokugo Kaido road in Furano Photo:300 cherry-blossom trees in full bloom again this year along a 2-km stretch of the Rokugo Kaido road in Furano HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido ‘Shirogane Falls’ – the column of water that roars with snowmelt Photo:‘Shirogane Falls’ – the column of water that roars with snowmelt HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Awesome vistas before your eyes! Tomamu’s ‘Unkai Terrace’ opens for this season Photo:Awesome vistas before your eyes! Tomamu’s ‘Unkai Terrace’ opens for this season HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Rice planting season is here Photo:Rice planting season is here HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Niseko’s Shiribetsu River rafting season Photo:Niseko’s Shiribetsu River rafting season HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The courting season of the Kingfisher – "the gem of the clear streams" Photo:The courting season of the Kingfisher – "the gem of the clear streams" HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sea urchin harvesting peak in spring Lake Saroma Photo:Sea urchin harvesting peak in spring Lake Saroma HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Matsumae sky turns pink as the sakura festival begins Photo:Matsumae sky turns pink as the sakura festival begins HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Eighty thousand greater white-fronted geese fill the sky in an epic display Photo:Eighty thousand greater white-fronted geese fill the sky in an epic display HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Grand opening of ‘Mt. USU Terrace’ at the Lake Toya Observation Deck Photo:Grand opening of ‘Mt. USU Terrace’ at the Lake Toya Observation Deck HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sightseeing boat crushes ice at Lake Akan Photo:Sightseeing boat crushes ice at Lake Akan HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Customary spring sheep-shearing in Shibecha Photo:Customary spring sheep-shearing in Shibecha HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Yezo sika deer eat budding grass and praise the spring Photo:Yezo sika deer eat budding grass and praise the spring HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Endangered common shelduck sighted off Rebun Island Photo:Endangered common shelduck sighted off Rebun Island HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Tight-knit Hokkaido red squirrel siblings bursting with curiosity Photo:Tight-knit Hokkaido red squirrel siblings bursting with curiosity HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Almost spring in Shiretoko – snow removal work on transpeninsular Odan Road opens to the press Photo:Almost spring in Shiretoko – snow removal work on transpeninsular Odan Road opens to the press HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A straight road to the sunrise – a shining, magical landscape Photo:A straight road to the sunrise – a shining, magical landscape HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Brown bear footprints confirmed in Sapporo – the first info regarding signs of emerging this year Photo:Brown bear footprints confirmed in Sapporo – the first info regarding signs of emerging this year HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Swans thread through iridescent clouds towards Russian Far East Photo:Swans thread through iridescent clouds towards Russian Far East HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Endangered species Urahoro Anemone blooms Photo:Endangered species Urahoro Anemone blooms HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Cute, white ribbon seal cubs Photo:Cute, white ribbon seal cubs HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Toyama tourism has great potential. Travel industry and farmer partnership. Minami-ku, Sapporo Photo:Toyama tourism has great potential. Travel industry and farmer partnership. Minami-ku, Sapporo HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Upgrade to "Akkeshi Kiritappu Kombumori" Quasi-National Park Photo:Upgrade to "Akkeshi Kiritappu Kombumori" Quasi-National Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Nets quiver with large herring as the fishing season peaks in the Okhotsk region Photo:Nets quiver with large herring as the fishing season peaks in the Okhotsk region HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Tourism promotion centered around Wakkanai Airport, Monitor tour by Hokkaido Airports and Otaru University of Commerce Photo:Tourism promotion centered around Wakkanai Airport, Monitor tour by Hokkaido Airports and Otaru University of Commerce HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido 140 kilometer circuit course looping around Sapporo. Immerse yourself in nature and history Photo:140 kilometer circuit course looping around Sapporo. Immerse yourself in nature and history HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Flying squirrels – the season of gazing and bashful love Photo:Flying squirrels – the season of gazing and bashful love HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Group training for Niseko area mountain rescue team Photo:Group training for Niseko area mountain rescue team HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Otaru Aquarium special display "Treasures of Hokkaido". Imparting the wonder of Kaminokoike Pond Photo:Otaru Aquarium special display "Treasures of Hokkaido". Imparting the wonder of Kaminokoike Pond HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Horsehair crabs herald spring with first landing at Oumu Fishing Port Photo:Horsehair crabs herald spring with first landing at Oumu Fishing Port HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Arial view of pond-smelt fishing on the ice of Lake Shumarinai Photo:Arial view of pond-smelt fishing on the ice of Lake Shumarinai HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Spring is a season for goodbye, red-crowned cranes leave their parents Photo:Spring is a season for goodbye, red-crowned cranes leave their parents HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Kamuy Lumina", night lakeside walks at Lake Akan, starting May 21 Photo:"Kamuy Lumina", night lakeside walks at Lake Akan, starting May 21 HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mystical sea of clouds at the Hakucho Bridge in Muroran Photo:Mystical sea of clouds at the Hakucho Bridge in Muroran HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Arrivals of the gyrfalcon – the Arctic bird of prey – are rare Photo:Arrivals of the gyrfalcon – the Arctic bird of prey – are rare HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Record cards for Hakodate cherry blossoms, for conservation and maintenance management Photo:Record cards for Hakodate cherry blossoms, for conservation and maintenance management HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A clash of blues of the sky and the lake surface from the summit of Mt. Fuppushi Photo:A clash of blues of the sky and the lake surface from the summit of Mt. Fuppushi HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Enjoy campfire and tree sap coffee. A Shiraoi campsite Photo:Enjoy campfire and tree sap coffee. A Shiraoi campsite HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Fishing boats await spring and the dispersal of drift ice on the Okhotsk coast Photo:Fishing boats await spring and the dispersal of drift ice on the Okhotsk coast HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Steller’s sea eagle and white-tailed eagle in aerial battle for fish over the drift ice Photo:Steller’s sea eagle and white-tailed eagle in aerial battle for fish over the drift ice HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Yellow blossoms delight visitors during peak of mimosa Photo:Yellow blossoms delight visitors during peak of mimosa HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Trains stopped until snow clearing work ends after heavy snowfalls in Iwamizawa Photo:Trains stopped until snow clearing work ends after heavy snowfalls in Iwamizawa HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The least weasel: Small, but a fierce hunter Photo:The least weasel: Small, but a fierce hunter HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Wild birds survive in severe cold of woodland along Teshio River Photo:Wild birds survive in severe cold of woodland along Teshio River HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Monitor tour to explore potential for tourism in the Toyama district of Minami-ku, Sapporo Photo:Monitor tour to explore potential for tourism in the Toyama district of Minami-ku, Sapporo HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Working with her horse by her side. An Urakawa "workation" Photo:Working with her horse by her side. An Urakawa "workation" HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Crumbling "Phantom Bridge" Photo: Crumbling "Phantom Bridge" HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The Hokkaido long-tailed tit, a much-loved fluffy ball Photo:The Hokkaido long-tailed tit, a much-loved fluffy ball HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Eighty percent of Lake Mashu freezes, creating a mosaic-like pattern Photo:Eighty percent of Lake Mashu freezes, creating a mosaic-like pattern HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sables peek out from hole in snow Photo:Sables peek out from hole in snow HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Invisible people? Frozen clothing on display. Photo:Invisible people? Frozen clothing on display. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Frost formations bloom in Sounkyo tunnel Photo:Frost formations bloom in Sounkyo tunnel HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sea otter swims leisurely amidst ocean pancake ice Photo:Sea otter swims leisurely amidst ocean pancake ice HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Flying squirrels glide from tree to tree amid the darkness Photo:Flying squirrels glide from tree to tree amid the darkness HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First drift-ice reaches coast of Abashiri in Northeastern Hokkaido on January 31, eleven days earlier than last year Photo:First drift-ice reaches coast of Abashiri in Northeastern Hokkaido on January 31, eleven days earlier than last year HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The best Tsubetsu Wagyu in Japan-The Sakota brothers victorious Photo:The best Tsubetsu Wagyu in Japan-The Sakota brothers victorious HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido See drift ice scenery online. "On the Rocks Tour" starts in February. Photo:See drift ice scenery online. "On the Rocks Tour" starts in February. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Don snowshoes and walk across thousand-meter-high snow plain in new Nanae Snowpark tour. Photo:Don snowshoes and walk across thousand-meter-high snow plain in new Nanae Snowpark tour. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Steller's sea eagle, aloof figure swathed in sun backdrop Photo:Steller's sea eagle, aloof figure swathed in sun backdrop HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mirages on freezing mornings in Kushiro Photo:Mirages on freezing mornings in Kushiro HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Special Ainu culture lectures begin at Japanese language school in Higashikawa Photo:Special Ainu culture lectures begin at Japanese language school in Higashikawa HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Lamb with cow markings born on New Year’s Day Photo:Lamb with cow markings born on New Year’s Day HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sweetness of ‘hibernated’ daikon radishes increases under the snow Photo:Sweetness of ‘hibernated’ daikon radishes increases under the snow HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Watanabe team wins special jury award in "Niseko Shootout" Photo:Watanabe team wins special jury award in "Niseko Shootout" HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Iwanori seaweed harvesting season starts. Kamome Island, Esashi Town. Photo:Iwanori seaweed harvesting season starts. Kamome Island, Esashi Town. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Towering ice stalagmites, a world of magic Photo:Towering ice stalagmites, a world of magic HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hokkaido sika deer survive by feeding on thorny branches Photo:Hokkaido sika deer survive by feeding on thorny branches HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Clearing snow off arcade cover together Photo:Clearing snow off arcade cover together HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido ‘Hibernated’ cabbages dug out in Wassamu Photo:‘Hibernated’ cabbages dug out in Wassamu HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Esashi Fishery Cooperative Union launches website to increase post-coronavirus exports Photo:Esashi Fishery Cooperative Union launches website to increase post-coronavirus exports HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido White-tailed eagles gaze on the Strait from grand pine Photo:White-tailed eagles gaze on the Strait from grand pine HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Drift ice arrives along the shores of Esashi, 17 days earlier than last year Photo:Drift ice arrives along the shores of Esashi, 17 days earlier than last year HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A group of Steller sea lions migrates the waters of Rausu Photo: A group of Steller sea lions migrates the waters of Rausu HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Swans waking elegantly in the morning mist Photo:Swans waking elegantly in the morning mist HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Snow whipped up by 87 sprinting horses Photo:Snow whipped up by 87 sprinting horses HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Pond-smelt fishing season begins at Mikasa’s Lake Katsurazawa in central Hokkaido Photo:Pond-smelt fishing season begins at Mikasa’s Lake Katsurazawa in central Hokkaido HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Breeding confirmed in multiple areas for red-crowned cranes in northern Hokkaido's Soya region, NPO holds study group in Toyotomi Town Photo:Breeding confirmed in multiple areas for red-crowned cranes in northern Hokkaido's Soya region, NPO holds study group in Toyotomi Town HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Niji no Taki waterfall in Oketo, fantastical freezing Photo:Niji no Taki waterfall in Oketo, fantastical freezing HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Spotlight returns to Northern Hokkaido’s alcohol production thanks to grapes cultivated in Nakatombetsu Photo:Spotlight returns to Northern Hokkaido’s alcohol production thanks to grapes cultivated in Nakatombetsu HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Japanese elm, glorious throughout the seasons, surviving 150 years of rain and snow Photo:Japanese elm, glorious throughout the seasons, surviving 150 years of rain and snow HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Pine grosbeak pecks single-mindedly at berries Photo:Pine grosbeak pecks single-mindedly at berries HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mizunara oaks cut for whiskey casks, Akkeshi Hokkaido prefectural forest Photo:Mizunara oaks cut for whiskey casks, Akkeshi Hokkaido prefectural forest HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Jewelry ice glows golden Photo:Jewelry ice glows golden HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The short-eared owl, a disarmingly charming "underdog" Photo:The short-eared owl, a disarmingly charming "underdog" HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Japanese mustard from Tokachi – the challenge of cultivating for harvest Photo:Japanese mustard from Tokachi – the challenge of cultivating for harvest HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Stop drift ice! A shield for scallops. Lake Saroma. Photo:Stop drift ice! A shield for scallops. Lake Saroma. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Arial Footage: Blue Pond, Seasonal Snow Photo:Arial Footage: Blue Pond, Seasonal Snow HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Peak of Gemini meteor shower brings streaks of light to the freezing night skies Photo:Peak of Gemini meteor shower brings streaks of light to the freezing night skies HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Yet another luxury hotel in Niseko with the opening of the "Ritz Carlton" on December 15 Photo:Yet another luxury hotel in Niseko with the opening of the "Ritz Carlton" on December 15 HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Fuyuhime" asparagus harvest ramps up in Bihoro Photo:"Fuyuhime" asparagus harvest ramps up in Bihoro HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Morning sunlight paints red-crowned cranes orange as they call to each other Photo:Morning sunlight paints red-crowned cranes orange as they call to each other HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Lake Nukabira ice bubbles Photo:Lake Nukabira ice bubbles HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Experience-oriented tourism summit, Preparations proceeding for Hokkaido hosting, Some voice concerns Photo:Experience-oriented tourism summit, Preparations proceeding for Hokkaido hosting, Some voice concerns HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Café opens at summit of Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort Photo:Café opens at summit of Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Mountain hare changes to pure white winter coat Photo:Mountain hare changes to pure white winter coat HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Zenibako is hot! Some say it's the "Kamakura of the North" in Otaru. Population and new shops upsurge. Photo:Zenibako is hot! Some say it's the "Kamakura of the North" in Otaru. Population and new shops upsurge. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Port entrance ceremony in Mombetsu for long-awaited arrival of Garinko-goⅢ Photo:Port entrance ceremony in Mombetsu for long-awaited arrival of Garinko-goⅢ HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Birdwatchers gather in Betsukai to observe Brent geese flying in to Notsuke Bay Photo:Birdwatchers gather in Betsukai to observe Brent geese flying in to Notsuke Bay HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Heart-shaped pair of Ural owls Photo:Heart-shaped pair of Ural owls HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A group of sea otters relax in the water Photo:A group of sea otters relax in the water HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido brown bear cub learns to live by copying its mother Photo:brown bear cub learns to live by copying its mother HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Salmon run spins the thread of life up Kushiro River tributaries Photo:Salmon run spins the thread of life up Kushiro River tributaries HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Stormy sea art "spume" on Rumoi coast Photo:Stormy sea art "spume" on Rumoi coast HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Eurasian nuthatch Photo: Eurasian nuthatch HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvest season: Wheat loaded and shipped from Abashiri port facility Photo:Harvest season: Wheat loaded and shipped from Abashiri port facility HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Aerial stroll – Mt. Yotei Photo:Aerial stroll – Mt. Yotei HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Fixed salmon nets: Fishermen move together to pull in full catches Photo:Fixed salmon nets: Fishermen move together to pull in full catches HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sarobetsu turns golden in late autumn Photo:Sarobetsu turns golden in late autumn HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Red and yellow trees reflected on Hachironuma Pond Photo:Red and yellow trees reflected on Hachironuma Pond HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido The Hokkaido red squirrel Photo:The Hokkaido red squirrel HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Nakayama Pass, the curved Muine-Ohashi Bridge Photo:Nakayama Pass, the curved Muine-Ohashi Bridge HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Blue Pond floodlit fantasy Photo:Blue Pond floodlit fantasy HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Straight and hilly, the Kamifurano Roller Coaster Street Photo:Straight and hilly, the Kamifurano Roller Coaster Street HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sea of clouds covers Lake Kussharo, deep red Photo:Sea of clouds covers Lake Kussharo, deep red HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Tundra Swans rest their wings Photo:Tundra Swans rest their wings HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Autumn sunflowers watched over by snow-capped Mt. Yotei Photo:Autumn sunflowers watched over by snow-capped Mt. Yotei HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Massive Okhotsk beet harvesting Photo:Massive Okhotsk beet harvesting HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Autumn foliage spreads in Kushiro and Nemuro Photo:Autumn foliage spreads in Kushiro and Nemuro HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Pika Photo:Pika HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Several hundred brown-eared bulbul birds fly to their winter home Photo:Several hundred brown-eared bulbul birds fly to their winter home HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Crested Kingfisher Photo:Crested Kingfisher HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Colors change to adzuki as bean harvesting begins in earnest in Tokachi Photo:Colors change to adzuki as bean harvesting begins in earnest in Tokachi HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Projection of Images in Momijidani, Sounkyo Photo:Projection of Images in Momijidani, Sounkyo HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Lack of Precipitation Leaves Taushubetsu River Bridge Unsubmerged Photo:Lack of Precipitation Leaves Taushubetsu River Bridge Unsubmerged HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Spirits of the Kamuy landscape Yezo sika deer Photo:Spirits of the Kamuy landscape   Yezo sika deer HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Grape quality excellent, should make wonderful wine Photo:Grape quality excellent, should make wonderful wine HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvesting tribute rice in saotome costumes Photo:Harvesting tribute rice in saotome costumes HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First Mount Asahidake snow cap one day later than average Photo:First Mount Asahidake snow cap one day later than average HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Giant Snakes" sprouting in sand shore at sunset Photo:"Giant Snakes" sprouting in sand shore at sunset HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Kayak test run at magnificent Sea of Okhotsk Photo:Kayak test run at magnificent Sea of Okhotsk HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Making Southern Hokkaido a winery spot, Training new grape farmers Photo:Making Southern Hokkaido a winery spot, Training new grape farmers HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Cliff stonecrop flowers bloom in Cape Erimo Photo:Cliff stonecrop flowers bloom in Cape Erimo HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Kitami onion shipments thriving Photo:Kitami onion shipments thriving HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Strange potato looks like cow face Photo:Strange potato looks like cow face HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido A walking event in Yubari at the area flooded by a dam Photo:A walking event in Yubari at the area flooded by a dam HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Bear feeding damage in dent corn field Photo:Bear feeding damage in dent corn field HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido "Earliest autumn colors in Japan" color Mount Hokuchin Photo:"Earliest autumn colors in Japan" color Mount Hokuchin HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Art made by aquatic plants and wind, "Tsutsuji Marsh" in Bifuka Photo:Art made by aquatic plants and wind, "Tsutsuji Marsh" in Bifuka HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Harvesting barley for 100% Akkeshi made whiskey Photo:Harvesting barley for 100% Akkeshi made whiskey HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Fragrant red shiso, harvest peak in Shiranuka Photo:Fragrant red shiso, harvest peak in Shiranuka HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hops harvest peak season in Kamifurano Photo:Hops harvest peak season in Kamifurano HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Great aki-sake salmon harvest at Indiansuisha in Chitose Photo:Great aki-sake salmon harvest at Indiansuisha in Chitose HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Plump soba seeds, harvesting starts at Shintoku farm Photo:Plump soba seeds, harvesting starts at Shintoku farm HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Cape Ogon in Rumoi City is known for its beautiful sunset. Photo:Cape Ogon in Rumoi City is known for its beautiful sunset. HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sunflowers welcome planes at Memanbetsu Airport Photo:Sunflowers welcome planes at Memanbetsu Airport HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Animals given ice on hot summer day in Sapporo Photo:Animals given ice on hot summer day in Sapporo HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Full bloom soba flowers, vivid against the seashore Photo:Full bloom soba flowers, vivid against the seashore HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hidaka Kombu Kelp Sun-Drying Now in Season Photo:Hidaka Kombu Kelp Sun-Drying Now in Season HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Only Hokkaido Water Flushing at Nakasatunai Dam Photo:Only Hokkaido Water Flushing at Nakasatunai Dam HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sunflowers, the Flowers of Yakumo Town Photo:Sunflowers, the Flowers of Yakumo Town HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First horse riding club opened in Kyogoku Town Photo:First horse riding club opened in Kyogoku Town HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Outdoor tourism popular in Sea of Okhotsk seaside area Photo:Outdoor tourism popular in Sea of Okhotsk seaside area HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido First Ever Treetop Trekking Facility in Eastern Hokkaido Opened Photo:First Ever Treetop Trekking Facility in Eastern Hokkaido Opened HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Hydrangeas in Full Bloom at Matsumae Park Photo:Hydrangeas in Full Bloom at Matsumae Park HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Ezonyu in full bloom on northern Japan Sea coast Photo:Ezonyu in full bloom on northern Japan Sea coast HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido White sea of clouds blankets downtown Hakodate Photo:White sea of clouds blankets downtown Hakodate HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Purple Blanketed Lavender Fields in Full Bloom Photo:Purple Blanketed Lavender Fields in Full Bloom HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Lavenders in full bloom across Hokkaido Photo:Lavenders in full bloom across Hokkaido HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Buckwheat Flower Covered Hills Photo:Buckwheat Flower Covered Hills HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Comet shines above Tsubetsu Pass at dawn Photo:Comet shines above Tsubetsu Pass at dawn HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Marchen no Oka-Fairy Tale Hill Turns Golden Photo:Marchen no Oka-Fairy Tale Hill Turns Golden HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Sweet Smelling Vibrant Roses Photo:Sweet Smelling Vibrant Roses HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Diving Season Starts in Shakotan Photo:Diving Season Starts in Shakotan HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Exclamations of Wonder at an Early Summer Sunrise Photo:Exclamations of Wonder at an Early Summer Sunrise HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Blue Pond Reopened after One Month Photo:Blue Pond Reopened after One Month HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Japanese Crane Propagation Confirmed in Sapporo Outskirts Photo:Japanese Crane Propagation Confirmed in Sapporo Outskirts HOKKAIDO NOW What’s New in Hokkaido Tokachi with Shining Nanohana Field Photo:Tokachi with Shining Nanohana Field
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