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In the early 20th century, Otaru Canal was used for water transportation of goods to warehouses, acting as a busy port. However, its operations ceased when larger docking facilities were built elsewhere to allow direct transaction of goods by larger vessels. The Otaru canal faced the threat of being landfilled, but after a citizens' movement, the former glamour of the canal is now restored. read more »

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Sapporo Snow Festival is held annually in Sapporo over seven days, starting in the second week of February. Currently, Odori Park, Susukino, and Tsudome are the main sites of the festival. During this festival that is internationally renowned and also Japan's largest snow festival, Sapporo turns into a snow museum! Millions of visitors pour in to the three sites in Sapporo City during the Sapporo Snow Festival to see hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures on display. read more »

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Otaru Music Box Museum is the largest museum of music boxes in Japan. Be prepared to be awed by the architectural design of the museum even before you enter the museum itself. Another landmark to look out for is the Steam Clock made by a Canadian clock maker in front of the museum. read more »

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Situated in the beautiful Muruyama Park, Hokkaido shrine is the perfect place for flower-viewing as well as paying respects to the shrine. This large shrine has an imperial-looking architecture, housing Emperor Meiji as well as three other deities and it is located within a garden of Sakura trees. Even if one could not appreciate the religious significance, one can still come here for a relaxing stroll. read more »

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Niseko International ski Annupuri is a famous skiing place amongst the international skiers and boarders. Niseko is a skiing place where they have ski resorts, restaurants, cafes, and equipment rental stores. The Niseko Ski resort is different from other Japanese ski resorts because of the fabulous powder that falls in abundance, about 15 metres per season on average. read more »

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Sapporo Ramen Republic is a theme park found in the ESTA commercial complex in front of Sapporo Station. Ramen is considered a symbol of Sapporo, so much so that tourism exists around this food item, resulting in the creation of the Sapporo Ramen Republic in 2004. Here, visitors can get to sample ramen from Hokkaido's most famous ramen shops, with eight of them featured here. read more »

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Mount Hakodate stands at an astounding height of 334 metres and is located is central Hakodate. If visitors are lucky where the days and nights are clear, one will find the views from the mountain spectacular and is said to be included among Japan's three best night views alongside the views from Nagasaki's Mount Inasa and Kobe's Mount Rokko. The summit of Mount Hakodate is accessible by cars or buses so tourists can reach it without much problem. read more »

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Farm Tomita is famous for being the place to visit for those wishing to see lavenders in Hokkaido. As one of Hokkaido’s premier flower farms, it has expanded from being a simple lavender farm to include other varieties of flowers in its large fields, such as French Marigolds, Poppies and many more. The most famous image of Farm Tomita is its 'rainbow field', created by planting different rows of flowers aside each other, along the gentle sloping hills. read more »

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Moerenuma Park is a large park in northeastern Sapporo, built on a site that used to have a waste treatment plant. Surrounded by a marsh, it has a circumference of about four kilometers. The park's design is done by renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who added dramatic, massive features to make it a unique public space, designing the park as if it were a single sculpture. read more »

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The Sapporo TV Tower looks like a carbon copy of Eiffel tower. Its observatory deck is 90m off the ground allowing visitor to have a view of the Sapporo city. Visitor can also get to buy the tv tower medal and engrave names onto the medal and some other tv tower souvenirs. read more »

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Shikotsu-Toya National Park is a national park located in central Hokkaido, Japan.The park is easily accessed from Sapporo, thus making it a popular destination for travellers with limited time in Hokkaido.The main attractions of the park are Mt Usu, a highly active volcano, and Noboribetsu spa and resort. read more »

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Sapporo Beer is one of the oldest and most popular beer brands in Japan, existing since the Meiji Period. Ran by the Sapporo Brewing Company, the Sapporo Beer Museum introduces the history of beer in Japan and sheds light on the process of beer making. Admission is free and exhibits include beer bottles, posters, signs, miniatures of the building, and instruments for brewing beer, some of which were actually used in the brewery before WWII. read more »

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Ask anyone about Otokoyama and people are bound to mention its famous sake. The Otokoyama Sake brewery and Museum offers visitors a chance to witness the sake-making process, with exhibits highlighting its rich heritage and also showcasing ancient sake-related art and literature. There is also a beautiful Japanese garden here, where the flowers bloom in May and September. read more »

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Since the beginning of Sapporo, Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade has been the place to be for locals and visitors from all over the world to come and have the time of their lives for approximately 130 years now. Housing about 200 retail outlets and businesses, this shopping arcade has been holding several events that have attracted boisterous crowds, including events such as 'Ouridashi', which is well known for the grabbing of cash which will be held twice a year in June and December respectively. Another event would be that of the 'Tanuki Festival', whereby the arcade will be elaborately decorated. read more »

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Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park by Ishiya, a local chocolate company. If someone returned from Hokkaido, they are highly likely to present you with a box of the Shiroi Koibito cookie, one of the most famous souvenirs from Hokkaido. The Shiroi Koibito cookies is Ishiya's flagship product, a delicious cookie that consists of two thin butter cookies separated by a layer of white chocolate. read more »

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