• On June 17, the Hokkaido Government, the Hokkaido Tourism Organization, and the operator of seven Hokkaido-based airports, Hokkaido Airports Co., Ltd., announced the joint development of their new “Hokkaido Love!” campaign. The campaign aims to attract overseas tourists back to Hokkaido following the sharp drop in visitors from abroad due to the current novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • An establishment called Takibi (bonfire) Café, featuring mini-bonfires at each table has opened up in Nishi Ward, Sapporo. Word about the café is quickly spreading. The café had been closed temporarily to prevent spread of the new coronavirus, but reopened. “This is a totally new style of cafe, and I hope to make it a new Hokkaido specialty after the pandemic has subdued,” said owner Mr. Fujii.

  • Water lilies are in full bloom at the pond of Hachironuma Park in southern Hokkaido's Hokuto City. Vibrant pink blossoms and green leaves adorn the pond surface. Blooming began in early June, as usual. Visitors can enjoy them until August.

  • Asahikawa City's tourist facility, the ice and snow themed Snow Museum, closed permanently on June 30 due to the sales drop brought about by the new coronavirus pandemic. The museum had become popular for both local and foreign tourists as it resembles the ice castle in Disney's feature film “Frozen”. In 2019, approximately 100,000 people visited the museum.

  • With the arrival of July, tourist orchards in central Hokkaido's Yoichi Town and other places are crowded with people enjoying cherry picking. Orchards are taking precautions against the novel coronavirus, including placing antiseptic solutions on the premises and providing containers to put cherry pits in.

  • June 30 marked the completion of construction on the first foreign-owned largescale condominium in Furano City, Fenix Furano, located in the Kitanomine area near Furano Ski Resort. The interior was opened to concerned parties. The condominium project itself will be open for occupancy on December 1.

  • Shinji Koshiyama, a 60-year-old former Hokkaido police officer who reached retirement age this spring, opened “IKUMIN”, an establishment in Sapporo's Higashi-ward that combines a photo studio with private lodging for guests.