* 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.



御飯團 / Onigiri

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Onigiri is translated as rice ball in English, but its significance to the Japanese lifestyle and cuisine in particular is present at every turn. Onigiri are eaten in various situations. In the home, they're made for lunch in everyday life, or for picnics and such. It has been a handy meal for hundreds of years. Traditionally, ingredients which are a little salty or sour are popular because of the taste itself and their 'shelf life.' Pickled ume (Japanese plum), dried bonito with soy sauce and boiled kombu kelp are common ingredients. At onigiri specialty shops, they have signature recipes. At convenience stores, tuna with mayonnaise is popular.
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散壽司 / Chirashi-zushi

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Chirashi-zushi is a kind of sushi, with several cooked ingredients placed atop vinegared rice (sumeshi). Su means vinegar and meshi stands for rice. People outside may perhaps think sushi is just like fresh sashimi which comes as a bite size rice serving which is called Nigiri-zushi. However, we have many types of sushi, and Chirashi-zushi is one of them. At home, Chirashi-zushi is usually cooked on a happy days of celebration. Toppings such as shiitake mushroom, dried gourd shavings, deep-fried tofu, carrot and strings of fried egg are commonly used.
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除夜敲鐘儀式 / Joya-no Kane


Joya-no Kane is a special event held in Buddhist temples in Japan over the the transition from the old to the new year. Joya means December 31st, which is a very special day in Japanese culture. Kane means bell in English. At each Buddhist temple, they hit a bell 108 times. It’s not a countdown for the coming year, because the ringing period straddles the old and new years. The reason for 108 peals of the bell has different theories. The most popular is that it is to take away the 108 human desires according to Buddhist beliefs.



Guarana is a carbonated drink which has had deep-rooted popularity in Hokkaido for decades. The color is light brown, and the taste is kind of between coke and ginger ale. Its main ingredient is the fruit of the Guarana plant. Guarana originated in South America. The drink contains caffeine and catechin. Guarana was invented in the late 1950’s to compete with cola drinks from the U.S.A, and it was sold throughout Japan. In Hokkaido, before cola spread, guarana had enjoyed a large share of the market. Ultimately cola gained control, with Guarana remaining popular predominantly in Hokkaido. As it is still popular only in Hokkaido; some producers restrict sale of the drink here only.


Ribbon NAPOLIN (緞帶那不勒斯)是札幌啤酒集團旗下的飲料製造商所生產和銷售的碳酸飲料。誕生於1911年,1954年開始成為北海道限定商品。因此也受到來北海道觀光的日本觀光客的喜愛。使用甜椒的色素因此飲料呈現橘紅色。使用北海道產的飲用水和北海道產的甜菜所製作的砂糖來製造。

Ribbon NAPOLIN is a carbonated drink made and sold by one of the Sapporo Beer group of companies. This drink is over 100 years old, first released in 1911. Since 1954, it has been sold only in Hokkaido. This is why even Japanese people who don't live in Hokkaido are eager to drink this, and excited as they find in it. This drink gets it color from paprika so the color is orange though it doesn’t use orange fruit. Also, NAPOLIN uses Hokkaido water and sugar from sugar beet. The name is derived from Napoli in Italy, because it aimed for the bright image of the city.

薄野 / Susukino


Susukino is the biggest nightlife area in northern Japan. There are a lot of restaurants where visitors can find many famous and popular Japanese dishes and bars to have a drink. Almost all restaurants and bars are closed during the daytime and are just open at night, with some staying open until morning. Depending on one's budget, a visitor can enjoy a wide range of restaurants or bars, starting at reasonable prices through to luxury prices. In December, many more local people visit there for their Bounenkai (year-end party). As shown on the Susukino Tourism Association, Susukino is safe place even at night.