* Hokkaido Travel Tips的部落格

*Hokkaido Travel Tips’ Blog
We compile information on “0 yen tourist spots” and “must-see paid spots with extra benefits” and then keep them in our blog as archives for your convenience. We also introduce the food of Hokkaido and interesting souvenirs to take home.





Minapa is a space for pedestrians to have a sit down and rest. It’s located between Sapporo and Odori subway stations, and was opened in March, 2019. The theme of this spot is the culture of Ainu, the aboriginal people of Hokkaido. Minapa means crowds of people laughing in the Ainu language. Some exhibits (sculptures and textile patterns) are proudly displayed, and there are seats with tables where anyone is welcome to sit. Two of the tables are special because images depicting Ainu daily life in the 18th century are projected on their surfaces. People can see how Ainu culture lives in modern times.

河川的休息站·塘路湖 / Kawa-no Eki Touro-ko


Kawa-no Eki Touro-ko (Shibecha Town) is a base for tourist activities. Kawa-no Eki stands for river station in English, and Touro-ko is Lake Touro, which is the biggest lake in Kushiro Marsh. This station is located on the lakeside and there are various nature-based activities year round. For example, canoeing tours, which are held from April to November, are popular. From January to March, fishing for pond smelt (wakasagi in Japanese) on the frozen lake, or walking over deep snow fields with snowshoes are options. On the lakeside, there are more facilities to learn about local nature or history.

丘珠機場 / Okadama Airport


Okadama Airport (Sapporo City, Higashi-ku) opened in 1942, and private airline companies have used it as a hub for their regular flights since 1961. Now, the airport connects to six destinations - Rishiri Island, Hakodate and Kushiro in Hokkaido, and Aomori, Shizuoka, and Nagano in Honshu. Also, Okadama Airport is the base for sightseeing flights of small airplanes or helicopters to view the central part of Sapporo. At 1500 meters, the runaway is not long enough to accommodate the landing or take off of jet airplanes. Thus, an extension of the length has been discussed but it’s as yet undecided because there are many houses around and the area has adverse weather conditions in winter, usually involving heavy snow.


札幌飛行場正門遺跡 / The Former Site of Sapporo Airport


The Former Site of Sapporo Airport (Sapporo City Kita-ku, Kita 24-jo Nishi 8-chome) houses a small historical sculpture, and also an information panel, as well as a pair of gate columns made of stone. In 1926, Hokkai Times, a newspaper company) opened the airport. Between 1937 and 1945, there was a regular flight to Tokyo. Now, the site is completely different. Hokkaido College of Art and Design and other buildings are located there. Most Sapporo people would not know of this historical site, but it can show us a page of Sapporo’s or Hokkaido’s history.

炒麵便當 / Yakisoba Bento


Yakisoba Bento are instant noodles which come in a square bowl. They are famous as a product sold exclusively in Hokkaido. Yakisoba actually stands for fried noodles, but these are dried noodles, cooked by simply adding hot water. Wait for three minutes after adding the hot water, then drain. The hot water can be used to make soup with their included original soup powder. Put the powder in a cup, then drain the noodles into the cup . Finally, add the special sauce into the noodles, give them a good stir, then it’s time to eat. Maruchan is a brand name of Toyo Suisan which is one of Japan's giant food companies.

標茶町鄉土館 / Shibecha Historic Museum


Shibecha Historic Museum (on the lakeside of Lake Toro in Shibecha Town) is a comprehensive learning facility of the town and its history. Stuffed animals and birds which live around the town are on show, and specimens of local insects are also exhibited. Visitors can learn about prehistoric sites in the town, and everyday goods used in the late 19th and early 20th century. In 1885, the government established a prison there and many prisoners were sent from Honshu. They were engaged in cultivating land and such, until the prison closed in 1901. The building of this museum is the former head office of the prison.

Stella★HONBETSU / Stella ★ Hombetsu


Stella ★ Hombetsu (Hombetsu Town) is a road station on route 242. This building was used as a station on Furusato Ginga Line, which was demolished in 2006. As the name of this road station suggests, the area around Hombetsu Town is famous for its beautiful night sky. In Japanese, Ginga means Milky Way. This road station also fulfils the role of a community center for local people. There is a post office and a tourist information desk. It also houses a restaurant, a bakery, and a shop which sells agricultural products. They sell various bean products on account of Hombetsu being famous for beans farming.