Bringing the buzz back to Hokkaido

Hokkaido's tourism took a brief hit after a devastating magnitude-6.7 quake on Sept 6, 2018. It has since recovered, and the city wants to nearly double its foreign visitor numbers to 5 million by 2020.

Visitor numbers in Hokkaido are up again after an earthquake there last September. The Straits Times' Japan correspondent Walter Sim speaks to the locals and Singaporeans living there.

YOICHI (Hokkaido) • Lifelong wine aficionado Kiichiro Ochi, 71, who owns the OcciGabi winery in wintry Hokkaido's Yoichi town, has a dream: He wants to see the town become known as the "mini Napa Valley of the East".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2019, with the headline 'Bringing the buzz back to Hokkaido'. Print Edition | Subscribe