• Tourists tuck in to sweetcorn, the sale of which has begun from stalls in Odori Park. April 23

    Sweetcorn stalls in Odori Park (Chuo-ku), a tradition that heralds the arrival of spring in Sapporo, opened for business this season on April 23. The aroma of grilled sweetcorn filled the air arou...

  • Porocle, a cycle sharing service in central Sapporo, began this year's operation on April 9. This year, 70 bicycles with new operating panels have been introduced, and the number of designated ports (special parking lots) has been increased in the Odori area, where demand for the service is high.

  • n March 31, two men who were conducting ecological research on brown bears were attacked by a bear that emerged from its hibernation den on Mt. Sankaku in Sapporo's Nishi-ku. One man received a serious head injury while the other received serious injuries to his arm. Subsequent investigation by the City of Sapporo revealed that the brown bear that attacked them was raising two cubs. The den was only about 500 meters away from a residential area, in a place where hikers and other members of the public could easily have stumbled across it. The increasing bear population has highlighted the fact that the bears' habitat is getting closer to human settlements, and experts warn that, “we need to fundamentally change the perception that bears hibernate deep in the mountains.”

  • The Hokkaido Camping Car Festival 2022, featuring the latest campervans, was held in Sapporo on April 2-3. Approximately 100 vehicles were on display, including light, passenger vehicles and wagons that are easy to maneuver even for novice drivers, and visitors were able to compare the comfort and equipment of the vehicles. Held every year, this year was the 25th such event.

  • On April 2, Hop Kotan Brewing in the town of Kamifurano in the Kamikawa region held an event at the Tap Room BEER KOTAN in Chuo-ku, Sapporo, to unveil low-malt beer made with sake lees from the Kamikawa Taisetsu Sake Brewery in the town of Kamikawa. Participants in the event were able to savor the appeal of both companies at the same time.

  • Spring is the season of hope and anticipation after the long winter months in Hokkaido, particularly for cyclists. Even for those who continued riding in the snow and ice, spring is a time when heavy weights seem to have been lifted from your wheels and legs, and the thrill of speed returns.

  • A St. Patrick’s Day parade, in which people dress in green and walk through the streets as part of a traditional Irish festival, was held in central Sapporo on March 19. Approximately 50 people took part in the parade, which was held for the first time in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Irish fiddle and flute music was performed by participants as they marched through the city streets, where snow still remained.

  • Jozankei Onsen is one of Japan’s most famous natural hot-spring resort With over a 150-year history, and more than 75 different naturally occurring hot springs from the bottom of the Toyohira river which runs through the valley, Jozankei is well known to the Japanese public. Often being featured on TV programs extolling the benefits of the healing waters and introducing the many hotels and activities which can be enjoyed in the area.

  • One of the reasons why Sapporo is aiming to host the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics is to establish itself as a world-class urban snow resort. The city hopes to be better recognized globally so that it can welcome more tourists from abroad and boost its economy. Currently, foreign tourists are attracted to world-famous ski destinations such as Niseko, some 100 kilometers away from Sapporo, and tend to pass through Sapporo, tourism industry officials say. The city still has a long way to go to become an internationally renowned tourist attraction, as challenges remain, including the shortage of luxury hotels.

  • This winter, Hokkaido has been hit by record-breaking snowfalls. Transportation was paralyzed and large piles of snow lined the main roads and residential streets, heavily impacting the lives of the residents. In an attempt to solve this situation, ‘smart snow removal’ that utilizes information and communication technology (ICT) such as artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance sensors, is attracting attention.