Hokkaido

Hokkaido business will age your alcohol under the sea, let you watch it via smartphone

Age your wine in an octopus’s garden in the shade.

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This Japanese sweets shop specializes in beautiful flower-shaped ohagi rice cakes

Store offers a contemporary twist on a traditional snack.

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10 romantic date spots to fall in love with (and maybe at) in Hokkaido【Survey】

Locals sound off for their picks for the best date spots in Japan’s biggest prefecture.

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Japan’s cutest bird becomes a Krispy Kreme sakura doughnut for cherry blossom season

Beloved shimaenaga “snow fairies” bring the kawaii to Krispy Kreme, but you’ll only find them at four stores in all of Japan.

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Why Does Engrish Happen in Japan? 30-year-old fart-related signage mistake edition

Otaru will no longer direct drivers to the town fart.

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Don’t forget that the best convenience store in northern Japan has branches farther south too

Seicomart gives a taste of Hokkaido to those of us who can’t make the trip up north.

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Japan’s Ninja Bear shot and killed in Hokkaido, eaten as yakiniku in Tokyo, to become stew next

After four year of attacking dairy cows in Japan’s northernmost prefecture, the Ninja Bear ends up on the grill.

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Japanese curry chain is highly recommended by foreigners on Reddit, but is it any good?

We find out if this curry joint is worth visiting or if it’s an overhyped tourist joint. 

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Hokkaido farmers have developed a new fruit, the Lemon Melon, combining the best of both

Those who’ve tried it think it might be the perfect fruit for summer!

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Hokkaido, Osaka, and Fukuoka: Taste-testing McDonald’s oddly named Adult Regional Teriyaki burgers

Three of Japan’s best foodie meccas step into the burger spotlight.

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We get (un)lucky at Hakodate fast food chain Lucky Pierrot with our giant omuraisu mistake

We thought we’d get something simple and light at Lucky Pierrot…turns out that was not the case at all.

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Yakuza member arrested for not picking up dog poop

Everyone knows the yakuza don’t take any crap.

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What does a family restaurant in the middle of nowhere, Hokkaido, serve? We find out

Good eats in this part of the countryside aren’t hard to come by.

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Our resident natto lover tries Mythical Natto from Hokkaido and gets spirited away【Taste test】

We tickle our taste buds with a grotesque-looking but premier version of the infamous “foreigner-repelling food.”

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In search of the cave on Japan’s northern island that legends say is the gateway to hell

Seiji goes searching for a part of Ainu folklore in Hokkaido.

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10 million yen in cash found garbage, now belongs to city of Sapporo

The city plans to reuse instead of recycle.

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Pepsi releases a new cola in Japan specifically for zangi

Regional dish gets its very own Pepsi for a limited time.

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Krispy Kreme releases Japanese fox doughnuts in Japan!

Indigenous fox enjoys the spotlight in one part of the country.

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Sapporo lowers age at which kids are barred from opposite sex’s bath at hot springs, public baths

Three-year drop pleases some, but other parents unhappy.

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We try the bizarre ‘Get Your Finger Chomped By A Sturgeon’ experience at a Hokkaido aquarium

Our reporter gets her finger bitten by a sturgeon yet lives to tell the tale.

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