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The Definitive Guide to September in Hokkaido 2019 vol. 1



Ingin berjalan-jalan dengan mengenakan kimono? Kota pelabuhan di Hokkaido, Esashi-cho jawabanya!

Esashi-cho adalah salah satu kota tepi laut yang makmur selama periode Edo dan Meiji. Sejarah kota ini sudah ada lebih dari 100 tahun lamanya, dan saat ini masih menjadi pusat berbagai peninggalan bersejarah seperti rumah-rumah pedagang kuno, kuil dan tempat pembuatan bir. Bagaimana kalau kamu berjalan-jalan dengan kimono di kota penuh nostalgia ini, romantis sekali, bukan?

Biaya sewa kimono sangat reasonable yaitu 3.500yen. Kamu tidak perlu membawa apa-apa dari rumah. Jadi ayo kita cari tempat pemotretan favorit dan ambil banyak foto ♪

Hari operasional: 29 April 2019~31 Oktober 2019
Akses: 1 jam 45 menit perjalanan dengan mobil dari Stasiun Hakodate


Food market


Food markets are always where you can eat like local citizens.

Japanese food markets usually start their business before dawn and they never let you down in terms of goodies. Variety of fresh sea food take-out menus in the market attract many tourists even from early in the morning.
By giving a taster on fresh veggies and fruits, you can also chit chat with foreigners-friendly store owners.
It only takes you a few minutes’ walk to Hakodate Morning Market, Nijo Market, and Otaru Sankaku Market from the nearest stations respectively, so why don’t you give it a try?


Tokachi White Birch Avenue


White birch is one typical view of Hokkaido. As the filming location of a movie “”What the Snow Brings”” (2005) and “”Massan”” (NHK morning TV drama series), Tokachi White Birch Avenue has always been the most symbolic scenery of Tokachi. Along the 1.3km-long colonnade, white birches present fresh green in summer and silver white in winter.

After snapping photos of the nature, let’s finish your walk by climbing up the vantage observation deck, where you can overlook the dynamic view of Tokachi ranch.
*Observation deck is closed from December to May.

Tokachi White Birch Avenue
Address: 8-1 Komaba Namiki, Otofuke-cho, Kato-gun, Hokkaido
Access: About 35-minute by bus from Obihiro Station


Sapporo Autumn Fest


Lets eat ‘til you fall down at the biggest food festival of Hokkaido!

“Kuidaore” (“eat till you drop” in Japanese) probably best describes “Sapporo Autumn Fest”, the biggest food festival and the most symbolic event of Sapporo. At its 12th anniversary this year, the month-long event is again bringing all gourmets across Hokkaido in one single place for its fans.

Split into 8 differently themed venues, the festival showcases meat, Japanese Sake, ramen, and all kinds of agricultural products, making it a shortcut to taste goodies from Hakodate or even Shiretoko, while in Sapporo. As the festival achieves over 2 million attendants every year, it can get super crowded at weekends. It would be great if you can spare some weekday afternoons.

Sapporo Autumn Fest
Venue: Odori Park 1-chome, 4~8-chome, 10~11-chome
Date and Time: 6 Sep 2019~29 Sep 2019, 10:00~20:30
Access: A minute from Odori Station


Cafe Gake-no-Ue


Have you ever enjoyed a tea time up on a cliff?

As the name suggests, “Cafe Gake-no-Ue” (literally meaning “”Cafe on a cliff”” ) is a cafe built on a 40-meter-high cliff. Take your first brave step and look out from the terrace deck! Many scream out “it really is a cliff,” on shivering legs.
You can also enjoy the beauty of Shirai river stream, singing birds/cicadas, and fresh air gifts from the wild nature of Hokkaido.

Check out the majestic view on the second floor through glass windows. It would be a great chillout coffee break offering adrenaline and relaxation!

Cafe Gake-no-Ue
Address: 567-36, Jouzankei, Minami-ku, Sapporo City
Hours: 10:00am~6:00pm (closed on Mondays)
*closed on Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday
Capacity: 23 (non-smoking seats only, including 15 summer-time terrace seats)
Parking lots: 10 (free of charge)
*Cautions: students under middle-school-age are not allowed


Taushubetsu River Bridge


Your last chance to visit the “phantom bridge” !?

Taushubetsu River Bridge is an arched concrete bridge hanging over Lake Nukabira built by former Japanese National Railways. The bridge is nicknamed “”phantom”” because it repeats submerge and appear by changing water levels. If water is calm enough, the arches reflected in the surface resemble pairs of eye glasses, giving its alternative nickname, “Meganebashi” (Glasses Bridge).

Access to the bridge is limited. You can either participate in the local tour organized by Higashitaisetsu Nature Guide Center or get a vehicle permission in advance at District Forest Office, if you want to get close enough to the site. After all, viewing from the observatory deck located east would be much easier.

The bridge is still intact, for now, yet expected to collapse soon due to recent earthquakes. So just be hurry!

Taushubetsu River Bridge
Address:Kamishihoro-cho Kato-gun, Hokkaido
Access:About 5 minutes by car from Nukabira Onsen