* 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.



蝦夷鹿 / Hokkaido Sika Deer, or Yezo Shka


Hokkaido Sika Deer, or Yezo Shka in Japanese, are found only in Hokkaido, and are a subspecies of Sika Deer, or Nihon Jika in Japanese, which live in Honshu. Originally, Yezo Sika lived in the northern and eastern parts of Hokkaido but they spread into the western area in the 1990s. Now, they live throughout Hokkaido. Actually, their number has increased and they have started to reach pest status. They eat farm crops and the bark of trees. In the eastern Hokkaido, they commonly appear in residential areas and wreak havoc on gardens. They have no fear of venturing onto roads or train tracks, and have been known to cause traffic accidents.

虎頭海鵰 / Steller's Sea Eagle


The Steller's Sea Eagle is the biggest raptor in Japan, with a length from head to tail of about 90 centimeters for male, and about 100 centimeters for female. In addition, they have a wingspan of about 250 centimeters. Being a migratory bird, they are only seen in Hokkaido in instances of resting on ice floes in the sea or snow fields on the land. Their bodies are predominantly brown, but a part of each wing and their tails are white. Birdwatching enthusiasts like to spot them, and they are popular as the subject of photos. In 1970, they were designated as a natural treasure of Japan.

長芋 / Nagaimo, or the Japanese yam


Nagaimo, or the Japanese yam, is a specialty of Hokkaido. It is a little known fact that Hokkaido produces in the vicinity of 50% of Japan’s nagaimo crop, with the Tokachi area having the highest level of production by an overwhelmingly margin. Nagaimo are sent all over Japan, and their international export numbers have grown dramatically because of the recent popularity of Japanese cuisine and medicinal cooking. Raw nagaimo is possible to eat, with its signature sticky texture popular. Also,when making the famous Japanese pancake, Okonomiyaki, nagaimo is used to achieve a perfect degree of softness.

Photos from Wikipedia

本季的冬天 2019-2020 / The winter of 2019-2020

本季的冬天日本全國都很溫暖, 雪下的非常少。 理由為印度洋的海水水溫變暖。產生積雨雲,偏西風的流向也產生變化。 今年比起往年偏西風往北側移動,因此冷空氣沒有南下。因此雪下的比較少。往年即使在札幌市內的道路兩旁都有1~2公尺的積雪,今年並沒有看到這樣的景象。
The winter of 2019/2020 has been warm thus far, resulting in less snow, not only in Hokkaido but regions Japan-wide which usually experience a lot of snow in winter. This is due to the high temperature of the Indian Ocean. Many cumulonimbus clouds are emanating from there, changing the course of the westerly winds. The winds are running further north than usual, preventing cold air masses from coming south. This is the mechanism that has seen the lower snow levels. In Sapporo in late January, there is usually snow piled one or two meters deep on both sides of roads but we are yet to see it this year.