The Definitive Guide to August in Hokkaido 2019 vol. 1
Fireworks, known as Hanabi in Japanese, is one of the signature events summertime events for Japanese people.
Synchorinizing music, lights and fireworks, “Kachimai Fireworks” in the Obihiro area is one of the greatest fireworks displays in Hokkaido. If you are thinking of visiting Hokkaido this summer, make sure you don’t miss out on Obihiro!
Date：13th, Aug 2019（Tue）19:00～
Venue：Obihiro-city, Tokachi River riverbed special site（400m downstream from Tokachi Ohashi Bridge）
Getting there：10 minutes by shuttle bus from Obihiro Station + 10 minutes walk, or 30 minutes on foot from Obihiro Station
No Parking facilities are available
When it comes to Hokkaido cuisine, miso ramen definitely is on the must-try list. But the question is, which ramen restaurant is really worth visiting?
“Their broth is taken from Hokkaido brand pork with roasted miso on top, which makes it clear and appetizing. If you’re not careful, you might get addicted to that sweet broth,” recommends one Sapporo taxi driver with over 40 years of experience. “Sora” (http://ramen-sora.com/) is a highly recommended ramen chain among locals. You can find Sora shops at the Sapporo Ramen Republic near Sapporo station and at the New Chitose Airport.
Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park Cosmos Festival
From the end of August through to October, the Hokkaido landscape becomes vibrant with cosmoses.
The smash-hit event “Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park Cosmos Festival” is returns this year. With numerous booths and rides, not to mention the 10 million cosmoses that make up the biggest cosmos garden in Japan, you’re sure to have a memorable, fun-filled time. And of course, walk away with more than a few photos!
With numerous booths and rides throughout the largest cosmos garden in Japan, 10 million cosmoses meeting full bloom ensures you a fun-filled memorable event, and of course, the perfect photogenic tourist attraction.
Dates：25th Aug 2019～6th Oct 2019 (Event dates are subject to change, please confirm in advance)
Where：Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park Niji-no-Hiroba
Getting there：50 minutes by car from Monbetsu Airport
Noboribetsu Hot Spring
Welcome to Hell!? No, Noboribetsu Onsen is more like heaven on Earth!
Filled with steam vents and the smell of sulphur, Jigoku-dani (Hell Valley) is a healing spot where you can take dip your feet in the hot natural foot baths and feel exhaustion leave your body. You can also find the exciting Edo-period theme park, Daté Historic Village, nearby where the ninja shows and historic atmosphere will have you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
Have you ever heard of the amusement park operated by the makers of the all-time, most famous Hokkaido souvenir “Shiroi Koibito?”
The park not only sells exclusive “Shiroi Koibito” souvenirs, but also holds factory tours for tourists to explore the castle-like interiors. Get ready to make your original “Shiroi Koibito” packages with customized messages, to give your friends and family “sweet” memories.
Access：7 minutes on foot from Miyanosawa Station
Shiretoko National Park
Have you ever thought of seeing brown bears, dolphins, and killer whales in their natural habitat?
Here, you can make all your naturalist wishes come true! Taking the top-rated sightseeing cruise in Shiretoko National Park, you can have a chance to see these animals and countless other majestic natural sights such as the Shiretoko Moutain Range. If you’re lucky enough, maybe you’ll even run into rare wildlife like the Stellar’s Sea Eagle, an eagle you can only see here, in Shiretoko!
Open：late April till October 7:00 to 18:00（closes in cases of bad weather）
Getting to the ferry pier：5 minutes by car from Shiretoko-Shari Station