10 “Kita Kita” Film Locations You Can Visit in Hokkaido
When I read how the Philippine hit film, Kita Kita was shot in Hokkaido, I was happy that fans of the movie were taken to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world!
Japan truly is one of the most captivating countries and intriguing cultures to behold and admire.
If you’ve been following my travels on Instagram, you would know by now how Japan is like a second home to me.
I’ve been going since I was 8 years old but more frequently the past 3 years. I’ve ventured to nearly all prefectures and cities, both urban and rural. It is my ultimate goal to finish touring all of Japan and I am gratefully happy to say, I am almost there.
Kita Kita in Tagalog can actually mean many things when translated. It all depends on how you pronounce it. In this case, the indie, romantic, comedy starring Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi, means,”I see you.”
Kita in Japanese on the other hand means North. Whether on purpose or coincidental, how serendipitous that Hokkaido is the northernmost region or prefecture in Japan.
When researching, out of Kita Kita’s ten film locations, I had been to eight of them through the different seasons in the past 3 years.
All of which I share in this week’s episode! So make sure to watch it and be inspired for your upcoming Japan itineraries!
Here are film locations from Kita Kita you can visit in Hokkaido:
Odori Park is like saying Central Park of New York. Hard to miss, it is right in the heart of Sapporo City.
Just an hour local train ride away from Sapporo, you can visit the romantic port town of Otaru.
Famous for its canal, others refer to it as the Venice of Hokkaido.
Otaru is a popular destination in winter for the Snow Light Path Festival.
Due to its popularity, tourists are beyond plentiful at this time. So it’s always good to pack some realistic expectations with you when traveling.
Read about my reality vs expectations post during that festival here.
One of the reasons why I love Japan so much is because of its industriousness as a people. The Japanese’ great respect for their environment for me is a global benchmark. Even the most rural or desolate of places is always impeccably clean and safe.
If you can believe, Moerenuma Park was a former massive waste disposal center in Sapporo.
The transformation began in 1977. It was only in 2005 when the modern marvel of a park officially opened.
Make sure to watch today’s episode to see more of this amazing park!
Daisetsuzan National Park
The recent nature-loving girl that I am, considers Daisetsuzan National Park as one of my beloved places in Japan.
It is where I hiked up Mount Asahidake in February 2015 and got to experience my very first -17C winter adventure!
If you can imagine all this snow with leaves and grass, Kita Kita was probably shot here in autumn with Mount Asahidake as the backdrop.
It was also my first time to stay in a snow lodge where I had one of my top 10 meals in Japan: The La Vista Resort and Spa Daisetsuzan.
Daisetsuzan National Park is most popular in autumn for fall foliage. Then there’s winter for snow sports & onsen (hot springs).