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Muroran, Japan Highlights

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Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

One of Japan's newest cities—it dates back only to 1871—Sapporo is famous for skiing, beer and its bustling leisure and cultural scenes. It has enough great restaurants, bars and shops to keep its 2 million residents happy. The...

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2 Chome-3-4 Wakakusachō, Shiraoi-chō, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaidō 059-0902, Japan

Situated about 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Sapporo, this open-air museum—actually a replica village—is one of the best places to learn about the Ainu, northern Japan's indigenous people. The five houses that make up the site are...

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9 Chome-1-1 Kita 7 Jōhigashi, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 065-8633, Japan

Part of the Sapporo Beer Museum, this pleasant beer garden is worth carving out some time for. As well as being able to taste the famous brew in a beer-hall setting, you can cook your own lunch—usually lamb or vegetables or...

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Japan, 〒060-0806 Hokkaido, Sapporo, Kita, Kita 6 Jonishi, 2丁目1−7 PASEO ウエスト B1F

Located on the sixth floor of Stellar Place mall at Sapporo station, this highly popular restaurant serves delicious sushi via a conveyor belt that runs along the counter. The menu (available in English) spans not just sushi but other dishes like...

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2 Chome Kita 5 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0005, Japan

This expansive mall—connected to the Sapporo station, the Daimaru department store and the JR Tower—is a trove of shopping and dining establishments. Exploring the different floors reveals consumer delights with a distinctive Japanese...

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Japan, 〒060-0042 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Ōdōrinishi, 3 Chome−7番地 北洋大通センター

Conveniently located above the Odori station, this sprawling, multifloor foodie paradise is also connected to underground walkways from the Sapporo and Susukino stations. In addition to many excellent restaurants, the mall specializes in sweets....

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Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan

This eye-catching suspension bridge is one of the iconic sights in Muroran. Opened in 1998, it stretches some 720 meters (2,362 feet) across Hakucho Bay. Several wind turbines stand beside the bridge and supply power for the lighting of a...

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162 Noboribetsuonsenchō, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaidō 059-0551, Japan

Part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Noboribetsu Onsen is a resort town with baths fed by around 3,000 liters (793 gallons) of water from the hot spring known as Jigokudani, or Hell Valley. It earns its nickname from the impressive plumes of...

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049-5721, Japan

This hot spring resort town lies beside Lake Toya at the foot of Mount Usu. There are plenty of hotels and shops in the vicinity as well as sightseeing tours around and across the lake. The area is also surrounded by virgin forest you can explore...