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Niseko gears up for a post-COVID era(4) Businesses fight for workers ahead of tourism recovery in Hokkaido’s Niseko

During the potato harvest season in September, Taiki Harada, 41, had trouble hiring workers to help him on his 100 hectares of farmland in and around the town of Kutchan in Hokkaido. “There is no ...

Niseko gears up for a post-COVID era(3) Businesses and town clash over construction regulation in Hokkaido's resort area

In December 2020, the operator of Yotei Sanitation Center, a manure treatment facility for six nearby towns and villages, purchased a 0.7-hectare lot adjacent to the center located close to Nationa...

Column: “Year-round cycling” in Hokkaido

Having cycled extensively in the UK, France and the Netherlands, I was pleasantly surprised by the potential for cycling in Hokkaido, when the snow started melting after my first winter here, some ...

Niseko gears up for a post-COVID era(2) More development taking place in towns and villages near Hokkaido's Niseko area

This summer, in a residential house surrounded by fields of potatoes and beets in a village called Makkari in Hokkaido’s Shiribeshi region, Henry Blake Turner, a 40-year-old from the U.K., started ...

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Hotel and restaurant proprietor Daiichi Kaikan (Kutchan) opened a bar called "Niseko Stand Mori Deai" in the Susukino area of Sapporo. The bar features a plentiful selection of items produced in th...

Empty lines at Kiroro and Hirafu for ski lifts that are normally bustling with international tourists. Socially distanced crowds in multipurpose rooms and town centers throughout Shiribeshi, everyo...

The Rebun Island Tourist Association invited experts knowledgeable about sightseeing and implemented a tour exploring the potential of workations. The project promotes the allure of working in an e...

Marukoma Onsen Ryokan, a long-established hot-spring inn on the shores of Lake Shikotsu in the city of Chitose in central Hokkaido, has begun a service in which guests can use a rake to dig in the ...

On December 12, a large pod of dolphins appeared off the coast of the town of Rausu in the Nemuro region of eastern Hokkaido. According to fishermen and other witnesses, a pod of what appeared to b...

As winter arrives, enthusiasts are enjoying backcountry skiing near the Nissho Pass in the Hidaka Mountains, which become whiter by the day. The skiers are making the most of the slopes despite the...

The 33rd Shirataki Kita-Taisetsu Cross-Country Ski Competition, officially sanctioned by the Ski Association of Japan (SAJ) and co-sponsored by the Hokkaido Ski Federation, was held on the Kitami P...

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