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The Date Rekishi-no-Mori is a rest area and museum dedicated to the history and culture in Date. Surrounded by castle stone, the Date Historical Park is filled with information about the Samurai and indigo dying history of the Date. Date is credited as the only Indigo manufacture left in Hokkaido and produces about 30% of Japan's indigo plants. The Historical Park offers guests workshops to try the traditional techniques of Date indigo dying. Visitors can make a bandanna or handkerchief using tie dye and wooden blocks, or opt for more difficult projects like T-shirts or shawls. These creations are a perfect souvenir of Date and are a great way to take home a piece of Japanese culture with you.
Date also has a long history as an area for Samurai in Hokkaido. The Date settlement was founded by a samurai named Date Kunishige who brought samurai with him from Sendai. Around the Date Historical Park are various displays, buildings, and exhibits on Samurai history and goods. In fact, at the historical park you can watch expert sword-makers use nothing but iron and heat to create incredible blades and swords. The historical park also has a memorial for Tomiko Miyao, a Naoki Prize winning author, in addition to shrines, displays, and other attractions. Explore the grounds of the Historical park for yourself while on a custom Japan tour package through the scenic charms of Japan's northern island Hokkaido!
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Shopping District in Otaru's Historic Buildings
The Largest Ainu Settlement in Hokkaido
Market offering fresh crab, uni, squid, and other seafood, produce, & local specialties of Hokkaido
Hokkaido Waterfall fed by Groundwater and no River
Elevated Wooden Path to Lake Ichiko
Scenic Cruise on the Shiretoko Peninsula
Museum dedicated to Drift-Ice & Okhotsk Sea Life