Tourism

  • Rape blossoms, grown to produce rapeseed oil, are now in full bloom at Kuroda Farm in the town of Otofuke in the Tokachi region of eastern Hokkaido. The farm grows rapeseed as part of crop rotation, and this year the seeds were planted on approximately 2.5 hectares of farmland. The flowers began to bloom around the end of April, approximately two weeks earlier than usual. The sight of the beautiful yellow flowers swaying in the wind like a carpet of blossoms, is breathtaking.

  • Eastern Hokkaido Tokachi region's Obihiro based venture firm "Sora" has officially decided to use the hot spring source from long-esteemed Obihiro hotel "Fukui Hotel", which became a Sora subsidiary in March, in the hot spring facilities under construction at the glamping resort "Feriendorf", which is managed by a Sora subsidiary in Nakasatsunai Village. The facilities will be called "Tokachi Airport Spa Sora", and management plans to also focus on attracting Tokachi Obihiro Airport users as part of its customer base. It will also include saunas and an open-air bathing area, and is slated for completion in July.

  • The travel agency JTB partnered with three local tourist associations to offer a Lake Toya circuit tour course in an "open top bus" from April 28 to the end of May.

  • On May 13, Lupicia, a major tea sales company in the town of Niseko, opened a direct sales store, ‘EX-Factory’ on a site adjacent to the Niseko View Plaza roadside rest area. The store sells a wide variety of products manufactured by the company, including boxed lunches and sandwiches made from cultivated and wild vegetables available from the roadside rest area, as well as tea and sweets.

  • A welcome ceremony was held for a charter flight from Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport operated by Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA, Shizuoka), which arrived at Tokachi Obihiro Airport on April 30. From April 29 to May 4, FDA operated a total of eight charter flights between Obihiro and three airports in Honshu.

  • The town of Rebun, a remote island in northern Hokkaido, has formulated the ‘Rebun Island Ikimono Tsunagari Project’ (forms of life connection project), a 10-year regional biodiversity strategy starting from FY2022. The strategy is based on a revised version of a previous one, which included the creation of the ‘Rebun Island Red Data Book,’ which is a compilation of information on the extinction risk of rare alpine plants on the island. The new strategy incorporates the perspective of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • "Mt. USU Terrace" boasts an Usuzan Ropeway Lake Toya summit observatory with a panoramic view of the natural environs enjoyable from the comfort of a sofa. The Terrace installed new deck space with sofa seating and held an invite-only pre-opening on April 21. Additional deck space was installed in areas such as to the side of the preexisting deck, and new sofas seating up to 30 people became available on April 23.

  • Kushiro on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has produced a television program for Taiwan in a bid to promote the attractions of winter in the coastal city. The program features a celebrity from Hokkaido and a Taiwanese social media influencer visiting sightseeing spots in Kushiro, including the Kushiro Marsh and the Akanko Onsen hot spring resort.

  • Yamaura Teiichi (56), a Japan Airlines captain originally from Otaru in central Hokkaido who currently resides in Hyogo Prefecture, has been making announcements in the Hokkaido dialect on flights to and from Hokkaido, becoming a topic of conversation among passengers and aviation fans. Inspired by a conversation at a class reunion, he began making these unique announcements three years ago. He hopes that his announcements will remind passengers of their hometown and help stir a feeling of excitement toward traveling in Hokkaido.

  • The Lake Shikotsu Management Council, a general incorporated association made up of people involved in tourism around Lake Shikotsu, has formulated new local rules for the use of the lake's entire waterfront, and began putting them into effect in April. Named ‘Lake Shikotsu Rules,’ the new rules comprise 13 items, including limits regarding launching areas for non-powered vessels such as canoes and SUPs, and ensuring that life jackets are worn when using such vessels. The rules are published on the council's website and will also be made available on the websites of individual commercial operators.

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