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From Lavender Soft Serve to Spicy Curry Soup: Hokkaido’s Unique Must-Eats 


I remember escaping the brutal Tokyo humidity and heading north to Hokkaido a few summers ago.  Luckily for me, I was in time for the lavender season, which usually peaks from mid to late July. I had a wonderful time at Farm Tomita, home to acres upon acres of vibrant lavender fields. 

Spend a day at Farm Tomita’s colorful fields.


When you’re there, be sure to try its lavender soft serve, which is as tasty as it is photogenic. Other culinary highlights include the lavender lemonade (sold in marble soda bottles), fresh sweet melon, and the melon cream-filled crispy and soft melon pan.


Farm Tomita’s lavender soft serve is both photogenic and tasty.


A trip to Hokkaido is not complete without a seafood meal. Hokkaido is popular for its fresh catches; hence, a trip to Nijo Market, Central Sapporo, is a must! I highly recommend trying the seafood bowl (donburi) at one of the many stalls along the stretch. 


Donburi (seafood bowl) is a must-try in Hokkaido.


If you happen to stop by Otaru Canal (located one hour from Sapporo City), check out Naruto Honten, a restaurant that claims to serve the best fried chicken in Hokkaido. I was too much of a glutton and ordered myself a half chicken set meal. Good thing I did, too: This dish was divine! Take-outs are also available.

When in Sapporo, do stop by Soup Curry King, where locals and tourists come for the light curry broth served with fall-off-the-bone chicken and loads of fried vegetables. Extremely comforting and appetizing, it’s also available in different spiciness levels.


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