The reason why I think Otaru/Kiroro is the next Niseko

Happy Weekend Everyone!😆 Niseko has been a very successful resort in Hokkaido from the powder snow that falls for skiers and boarders. But the drastic increase in popularity has made the town overcrowded and many have been looking for an alternative place to enjoy the snow in Hokkaido. I personally think Otaru could be the alternative, and it might not have the issues that the current Niseko has, and today I want to talk about why!

10 places you should know to eat and drink in Otaru

Happy Weekend! Today we will be introducing you to 10 restaurants and bars that you should know. Here it goes! Sushi Toppi (Rotating Sushi) Toppi is a popular rotating sushi restaurant that is about 10 minutes walk from Otaru Station. You can enjoy varieties of sushi very reasonably priced. I find salmon and tuna, the … Continue reading 10 places you should know to eat and drink in Otaru

Life in Otaru during the summer: Hanging out in Kiroro Resort

Happy Friday! This website will be showing what life is like in Hokkaido throughout the 4 seasons. Today I want to talk about what summer is like in the area I am: today especially Kiroro. I really like living in Otaru as it is in between Niseko and Sapporo. We get a good balance of … Continue reading Life in Otaru during the summer: Hanging out in Kiroro Resort

Our Drone trip around Hokkaido postponed to September

Happy Friday! Helping Dragon will be posting a weekly (tourism related) blog of what has been happening in Japan, mainly Hokkaido. This is in hopes to help you to plan your trip here, as well as to keep a record of our experiences to develop better content in the future. This year has been difficult … Continue reading Our Drone trip around Hokkaido postponed to September

The Suicide of a Japanese star Haruma Miura and the Japanese Society

A Japanese star actor was found dead on 18th July in his home in Tokyo.  He was 30 years old. In his final post on Instagram, he had stated for the fans to look forward to the drama that will broadcast from September 2020, so it came as a surprise for all of us that … Continue reading The Suicide of a Japanese star Haruma Miura and the Japanese Society

The 2 ports you should know to enter in and out of Hokkaido.

Image from Mitsui Shosen HP It makes us very happy to see more and more people from overseas traveling long term/distances across Japan! Did you know that you can take a ferry from the mainland to travel Hokkaido? The price ranges from 8000~10,000 yen, and the duration takes roughly 20 hours. So if you have … Continue reading The 2 ports you should know to enter in and out of Hokkaido.