Where to Go in Hokkaido According to Kita Kita
Let this rom-com take you places.
(SPOT.ph) Kita Kita, an indie romantic comedy directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, premiered in theaters on July 19 and is now a big hit. It is applauded for its fresh take on the love story, great chemistry between the leads (Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi), and a setting that’s anything but incidental.
If you’ve seen the film, you'll probably recognize the following picturesque film locations all over the beautiful island of Hokkaido. Book a flight now and relive your favorite Kita Kita scenes.
Odori Park and Sapporo TV Tower (Chuo-ku, Sapporo)
Odori Park lies at the center of Sapporo, separating the city into north and south. It's
Susukino (Chuo-ku, Sapporo)
"Sa huling tagay ko (ng sake), nagbago ang buhay ko." – Lea
Sapporo's red-light district is packed with many restaurants, bars, and hotels. Don't forget to try a glass (or four) of sake, Japan's version of rice wine.
Sapporo Clock Tower (Chuo-ku, Sapporo)
"You can't stop time but you can keep up with it." –
Also called Tokeidai, the Sapporo Clock Tower was constructed in 1878 initially as a drill hall of the Sapporo Agricultural College. The clock that’s still on display today was purchased from Boston in 1881. It now serves as a museum that displays the city's history and a ceremony hall. In Kita Kita, the Clock Tower reminds us how important living in the present is.
Historic Village of Hokkaido (Nopporo Forest Park, Sapporo)
“I am half-Shih Tzu and half-gorilla when I get mad.” –
This open-air museum features 60 buildings that were typical in Hokkaido from the Meiji and Taisho Periods (1868 to 1926). It was typical to see carriages driven around with a horse, much like the calesa in the Philippines.
Otaru Music Box Museum (Sumiyoshi-cho, Otaru)
"Alam mo kasi may mga bagay na kailangan mo munang paghirapan bago mo makuha." – Tonyo
Sakaimachi Street, a merchant street in central Otaru, houses the Otaru Music Box Museum—a large shop built in 1912 that sells a wide variety of music boxes. You’d need to walk from the city’s canal area to reach it, but as
"Nakaranas ka na ba ng winter?" – Lea, "Oo, sa puso mo. Ang lamig kasi." – Tonyo
Biei is a small town in Kamikawa, Hokkaido that features plains and hills covered with flower fields. One of its highlights is Shikisai Hill, a spacious flower park that has rows upon rows of plants in every color—from yellow sunflowers and orange marigolds to lavenders.
Otaru Canal (Otaru)
"Paano tayo magiging close if ganyan ka?" – Tonyo
The Otaru Canal was the port city's main mode of transportation in the first half of the 20th Century. Most warehouses in the area have been transformed into museums, shops, and restaurants to preserve its history.
Moerenuma Park (Higashi-ku, Sapporo)
"Alam mo feeling ko ang pogi-pogi mo. Kapag makita kita, pang-leading man ang mukha mo." – Lea
Opened in 2005, the vast Moerenuma Park features a hybrid of modern architecture and green spaces. There are fountains and hills, a Glass Pyramid, an artificial bathing area, and a whole lot of grass.
Mount Asahi (Higashikawa)
“A-shi-yu. I see you. Nakikita kita.” – Tonyo
Hokkaido's highest mountain is best explored through the Daisetsuzan National Park, which consists of various accommodations and a small hot-spring resort called Asahidake Onsen. There's also a Japanese public bath in the area where you can bathe your feet, which is also called
Mount Moiwa (Sapporo)
"Nagugutom ako kapag nakarinig ako ng bell. Naaalala ko ang recess." - Tonyo
Mount Moiwa is a popular sightseeing spot that features a spectacular view of the city of Sapporo, especially at night. The observation deck features the Fortune Bell where couples are supposed to ring a bell
Sapporo Beer Museum (Higashi-
"Sapporo, meet your mommy and daddy." –
Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinjya (Chuo-ku, Sapporo)
"Mas masakit kung hindi matutupad ang hiling, kaya wag na lang." – Lea
Sapporo Fushimi Inari