Hokkaido is the large island located at the north end of Japan, and has a subarctic climate, where the four seasons are most clearly defined in Japan. The climates are dry and refreshing in summer. In winter, the temperatures drop to below 0 and it snows even at low altitudes.
Making beneficial use of enormous lands, Hokkaido boasts a farming industry and a variety of farm products. Moreover, the island, surrounded on all four sides by seas, is rich in fish and seafood. There is no lack of good meals in Hokkaido.
Sapporo is the capital city and political/economic center of Hokkaido with a population of 1.8 million. There is no other major city like Sapporo in the world, where so many people live in the condition that annual snowfall exceeds 5 meters. Thanks to the well-organized snow removal system, the citizens do not suffer much inconvenience from snow during winter, but instead can reach a ski slope with good snow quality in only 30 minutes by car and enjoy skiing and snowboarding.
In Odori Park, a park which runs through the center of Sapporo City, Sapporo Snow Festival and a beer garden take place in February and in July/August respectively, and the park is crowded with many tourists as well as citizens coming to the events.
SwedenHouse Co., Ltd. is a Japanese house manufacturer established in 1984 to introduce a traditional Swedish wooden house that enables people to live in comfort with minimum heating in freezing temperatures. So far, 25,000 houses were built around Japan.
The most distinctive feature of the SwedenHouse building is a triple glass window with a wooden frame. As you sometimes see wood used for a frying pan handle, wood is not thermally conductive but prevents outer air from flowing into a house. Compared to an aluminum sash that is commonly used in Japan, a wooden sash with a higher level of airtightness and insulation enables cooling and heating more efficiently.
The members such as a window and structural panel are produced at SwedenHouse’s own factory in Sweden and transported to Japan. SwedenHouse exercises ingenuity in building a house suitable for the Japanese climate.
Please come to see model houses available at nine showrooms in Hokkaido when you are passing through.
In Tobetsu-cho, located about 30-minute car or train ride from Sapporo, there is a town called “Sweden Hills” with 370 SwedenHouse buildings. The building agreement helps preserve the town’s scenic beauty. The scenery of the town has a striking resemblance to the home country even in the eyes of people visiting from Sweden.
Sweden Hills adjacent to Sweden Hills Golf Club is blessed with lush greenery and enjoys high popularity as a summer resort. One-third of all residences are used for vacation homes, and the remaining two-thirds are for permanent settlers who moved from around Japan, and many of whom commute to Sapporo.
“The Swedish Center Foundation” was opened in the center of Sweden Hills, where Swedish items such as folk crafts and glasswork are on sale. The center carries out several Sweden-related events such as Midsummer festival in June, Lucia festival in December and a tasting party for Surströmming, fermented Baltic herring in cans, which is known as a food releasing the strongest odor in the world when opened.