• Entrance into Japan was prospectively cleared for some Chinese trainees, and a melon famer happily awaits their arrival, "The situation should be a lot better than last year."

    Following the easing of COVID-19 border control measures, 12 Chinese trainees for Yubari melon growing are expected to enter Japan in April. Their presence is expected to contribute to stabilizing ...

  • 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.

  • From January 28 to 30, Lake Shuparo in Yubari will feature an "ice carousel" ride made from cutting a circle shape in the frozen lake surface and spinning it. This fun idea originated in Northern Europe. At night, bon fires will blaze, creating a magical atmosphere. A person involved with the event expressed hope that, "this will grow to be a new winter Yubari event tradition."

  • All-you-can-eat Yubari melon is being offered at two locations in the city of Yubari, and garnering high praise. Melon Terrace mainly serves individual customers, and has received 1,500 customers in the two weeks since the start of their all-you-can-eat service on June 25. At this pace, they stand to surpass the 2,000 customers from last year, in which they were only open for one month.

  • A pair of premium melons in Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido fetched a price of 2.7 million yen ($24,800) in this year's first auction on Monday, about 23 times higher than the winning bid of last year.

  • On September 6, Yubari City's Kashima area hosted its first walking event. That area is now underneath water in a dam lake at Yubari Shuparo Dam. When the lake waterline drops during the dry summer season, the sunken area emerges from the lake bottom. The walking event took advantage of this, attracting about 1,600 visitors from Yubari City and out-of-town to get a close-up look at ruins such as a bridge at the Former Mitsubishi Oyubari Railway.