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Chitose 千歳市Pictures of Chitose, Hokkaido.
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New Chitose Airport 新千歳空港


Hokkaido's main gateway and Japan third busiest airport after Narita and Haneda. Built in 1991 to replace the old Chitose Airport, it still looks very new and modern with a spacious terminal building with loads of shops and restaurants.

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Date 伊達市Pictures of Date, Hokkaido.
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Date Rekishi no Mori だて歴史の杜


A large history-oriented park with museums, historical buildings, culture center, public library, pool, Japanese garden, and souvenir shops. The Geihinkan Guesthouse 迎賓館 and Kaitaku Kinenkan Museum 開拓記念館 are the main attractions. Cherry blossoms also bloom in May. Date is a city of 37,000, founded in 1870 by a samurai named Date Kunishige and his vassals and citizens who migrated from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.

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Bio Diesel Fuel Production BDF燃料製造


A local organization called Date Cosmos 21 collects waste vegetable oil (tempura oil, etc.) for conversion to biodiesel fuel (BDF).

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Other Sights


"Date" is pronounced "DAH-tay." See some photos of Date Mombetsu Station and central Date.

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Hakodate 函館市Pictures of Hakodate, Hokkaido.
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Central Hakodate 函館市街


A port city, Hakodate is a major tourist city featuring many sights including Mt. Hakodate-yama.

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Lake Toya (Toyako) 洞爺湖Pictures of Lake Toya, including Toyako and Sobetsu towns.
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Toyako Onsen Spa 洞爺湖


Toyako Onsen is a pleasant hot spring town on the southern shore of Lake Toya in Toyako-cho town. It is the lake's main town and tourist base. Besides numerous lakeshore hotels with hot spring waters, the town has a nice lakeside promenade, splendid views of the Nakajima islands, outdoor sculptures, lake cruises, swan boats, and free hot spring foot and hand baths. A day trip is also viable to enjoy the healthy spa.

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Lake Toya Boat Cruise 洞爺湖遊覧船


The Ekimae Sanbashi Pier, almost front and center along Toyako Onsen's lake shore, has cruise boats leaving for lake cruises to the Nakajima islands every 30 min. from 8 am to 4:30 pm during April-Oct. During Nov.-April, it operates every hour from 9 am to 4 pm. The cruise takes 50 min. if you don't get off to visit the Nakajima islands. Otherwise, allow 80 min. if you want to get also step foot on the Nakajima islands.

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Lake Toya (East) 洞爺湖(壮瞥町)


I rented a bicycle at Toyako Onsen and rode around Lake Toya counterclockwise which is easier than going clockwise and the lake view is better on the left side of the road. From the hot spring, I rode through the eastern shore while admiring cherry blossoms (blooming in early May) and plum blossoms (which bloom at the same time as cherries). Lake Toya's east area is part of Sobetsu town.

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Northern Lake Toya 北洞爺湖(洞爺湖町)


Continuing from Lake Toya's east shore, this album completes my counterclockwise cycling trip around the lake as we head north and then to the western shore back to Toyako Onsen. The northern shore has a nature trail, the Toya Mizunoeki tourist rest stop, Ukimido lakeside pagoda, and some beautiful cherry trees along the shore.

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Mt. Showa-Shinzan & Mt. Usu 昭和新山・有珠山


Showa-Shinzan (398 meters high) is a sub-volcano and lava dome of neighboring Mt. Usu. Looking like a bald spot, it was created during 1943-45 from what used to be a flat piece of land. In the valley between Showa-Shinzan and Mt. Usuzan is a tourist village (called Kazan-mura) with souvenir shops and the Usuzan Ropeway terminal. The ropeway takes you up to Mt. Usu where you can see a great views of Showa-Shinzan and Lake Toya. A hiking trail also goes to another crater on Usuzan.

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Nishiyama Crater Trail 西山火口散策路


The Nishiyama Craters are a series of craters on the west side of Mt. Usu, created during the latest eruption in March 2000. A walking trail takes you near the rim of a few craters, including wrecked roads and buildings still remaining. Very impressive with steam still being emitted. Takes 3 min. by bus from Toyako Onsen or 15 min. from Toya Station. The trail takes about 40 min. to walk one-way. Open from April 20 to Nov. 10. Free admission.

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Sobetsu Park 壮瞥公園


Sobetsu Koen or Park is in Sobetsu-cho town on the eastern shore of Lake Toya. It is a hillside park with numerous ume plum trees and grand views of the lake. The plum trees bloom during early to mid-May, at the same time as cherry blossoms.

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Yokozuna Kitanoumi Memorial Hall 横綱北の湖記念館


With 24 tournament victories, Kitanoumi was one of sumo's greatest Yokozuna (grand champion) in modern times. "Kitanoumi" means "Lake of the North," and this refers to Lake Toya. Kitanoumi hails from Sobetsu town which is on the lake's eastern shore. This Yokozuna Kitanoumi museum is dedicated to him with numerous photos, memorabalia, and sculpture of Kitanoumi performing the dohyo-iri. The museum also houses the Sobetsu History Museum (壮瞥町郷土史料館).

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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit 北海道洞爺湖サミット


During July 7-9, 2008, the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit will be held in Toyako town fronting Lake Toya in Shikotsu-Toya National Park in southwestern Hokkaido. Toyako was selected as the venue for its natural beauty and environment. The Lake Toya area, which includes Toyako and Sobetsu towns, are in a Welcome mode with welcome signs everywhere. A slew of Summit merchandise is also on sale. These photos were taken in early May 2008.

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Toya Station 洞爺駅


JR Toya Station is the main railway gateway to the Lake Toya area. It is on the JR Muroran Line. Express trains run from Sapporo and Chitose. The station building has been renovated with a spacious waiting/exhibition room. In 2008, it is in welcome mode for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit with welcome signs.

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Otaru 小樽市Pictures of Otaru, Hokkaido.
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Otaru Canal 小樽運河


Otaru's most famous sight is this canal. Hard to say what's so special about it, but it's often used as a backdrop in movies and TV dramas. Walkable from Otaru Station.

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Central Otaru 色内通り・境町通り


Otaru is a living architectural museum. There are numerous old and distinguished buildings which have been preserved. The city has a building code requiring all buildings to be designed to fit in the overall architectural scheme. If you like 19th century and early 20th century architecture, glassware, and/or music boxes, you will love Otaru. The historic buildings are concentrated along the Ironai-dori and Sakai-machi-dori road. A short walk from the Otaru Canal.

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Former Nippon Yusen Kaisha Otaru Branch 旧日本郵船株式会社小樽支店


Two historical buildings in Otaru are Important Cultural Properties, and this is one of them. Nippon Yusen, or NYK Line, was and is a major shipping company. This building was their Otaru Branch office, elegant enough to be a State Guesthouse.

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Mt. Akaiwa 赤岩


A low, craggy mountain 371 meters high, Mt. Akaiwa faces the ocean and has steep but brief sides for climbing. Almost like rock climbing. The views are beautiful. Near Shukutsu.

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Rebun 礼文町Photos of Rebun island, Hokkaido.
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Rebun island 礼文島


Japan's northernmost inhabited island near the northern tip of Hokkaido (Wakkanai). Quite remote, but well-known as a "Flower Island" among tourists when in bloom. Very scenic with rolling hills, blue ocean, and alpine flowers when in season. Part of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. Map of Rishiri-Rebun: https://goo.gl/maps/kUETt7fbN5mWzeD97

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Rishiri 利尻町Photos of Rishiri island, Hokkaido.
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Rishiri island 利尻島


Rishiri is one of Japan's northernmost islands off Wakkanai, Hokkaido. Round island with Mt. Rishiri, a distinctive cone-shaped mountain in the middle. Near Rebun island and part of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. Map of Rishiri-Rebun: https://goo.gl/maps/kUETt7fbN5mWzeD97

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Sapporo 札幌市Pictures of Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido.
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Sapporo Snow Festival 2010 第61回さっぽろ雪まつり


Started in 1950, the Sapporo Snow Festival is Japan's grandest and most famous winter festival. I finally saw it again, the 61st Sapporo Snow Festival held during Feb. 5-11, 2010. Being from Hawaii, I was compelled to see it this year because one of the sculptures was Hawaii's Iolani Palace made of ice. Other giant sculptures included buildings in Germany and Korea.

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Iolani Palace at Sapporo Snow Festival イオラニ宮殿@さっぽろ雪まつり


Hawaii's most famous building, the Iolani Palace, was built out of ice at the 2010 Sapporo Snow Festival. It was the second time for the palace to be featured at the snow festival. The first time was at the 1982 Sapporo Snow Festival. I saw it both times, and it was awesome both times. Also see my YouTube video here.

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Odori Park 大通公園


The city's most famous and popular park. A real nice oasis in the city, especially during the warmer months with water fountains, flowers, green grass, and sunshine. Also the site of the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. See how it looks in spring. Includes views from the Sapporo TV Tower.

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Sapporo Clock Tower 札幌市時計台


Symbol of Sapporo, the Clock Tower was built in 1878 as part of the Sapporo Agricultural College established largely by three Americans from Massachusetts: Dr. Willian S. Clark, William Wheeler, and David P. Penhallow. The clock in the tower is the original, installed in 1881. Its chime sounds the same as over a century ago. Near Odori Park.

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Former Hokkaido Government Office Building 北海道庁旧本庁舎


Built in 1888, the former Hokkaido Government Office Building is one of Hokkaido's most famous buildings. With its red brick walls, it stands out among Sapporo's more modern buildings. Several of its rooms are open to the public mainly as a museum. An Important Cultural Property. Near Sapporo Station and Ekimae-dori. Free admission.

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JR Sapporo Station 札幌駅


Nicknamed "Satsu-eki," Sapporo Station came of age in 2003 with a new mega station building boasting a built-in department store, the JR Tower with fine views from the lookout deck, shops and restaurants, and a spacious tourist info office. It is Hokkaido's busiest and grandest train station which is more like shopping complex rather than a train station.

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Sapporo Ekimae-dori 札幌駅前通


Ekimae-dori is the main drag from Sapporo Station heading south toward Odori Park, Susukino, and Nakajima Park. Shops, department stores, offices, shopping arcades, and night life abound along this stimulating strip.

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Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill 羊ヶ丘展望台


A tourist attraction in a Sapporo suburb, famous for the statue of Dr. William Clark saying "Boys, Be Ambitious." The place also has the Sapporo Snow Festival Museum. Accessible by bus from Fukuzumi Station (Toho subway line).

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