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Central Welcome Party 2014

Lake Shikotsuko - Poropinai Campsite

Lake Shikotsuko – Poropinai Campsite


The severe rainfall that we’ve been so gracefully blessed with in the past few weeks, has led to the closing of the road from Minami Sapporo to poropinai due to landslides! The Poropinai site is still accessible minoring a detour via chitose (from sapporo south district take the 36 to chitose and then the 16 from chitose to shikotsuko, when you reach the lake go up road 453 to poropinai ). See the link below for more information:

Map of Detour:

The party will go on and the weather is looking good, but make sure to bring a tarp for your tent and rainwear just in case!


Hey HAJET, now, I don’t know what you’re doing the weekend of September 20th, but if the answer is not Lake Shikotsu, then you’re probably missing out!

This year’s annual central welcome party will be held lakeside of the beautiful Lake Shikotsu, at the former Poropinai campsite.

Get ready to get friendly, because this year is themed a graffiti party! So whether you come for the camping experience, the dip in the lake, the soak in the nearby onsen or just to have your new BFFs write nice things on you all night; bring your markers, bring your party and bring your enjoy!

Also check out the facebook event! (You have to log in to Facebook)

When: Saturday, September 20th – Sunday, September 21th
Because this is not a maintained campground, there are no check in or check out times, but dinner is set around 5h30

Where: Lake Shikotsu (支笏(しこつ)湖(こ)), Poropinai (ポロピナイ野営場(やえいば)in google maps or ポロピナイ風致(ふうち)探勝(たんしょう)林(りん))
〒066-0287 北海道(ほっかいどう)千歳市(ちとせし)幌(ほろ)美内(ぴない)

Poropinai Site information


Chitose Tourist Association: http://www.1000sai-chitose.or.jp/english/info/info05.php

What: Camping, hanging out, eating some pizza, swimming in the lake at midnight, roasting marshmallow on the beach, hiking Mt.Eniwa, writing graffiti on your friends all night, playing cool games with cool people etc etc.

Cost: FREE  for camping, plus 500¥ dinner (FREE for HAJET Members!),


  • Your own tent (there will be none for hire, if you do not have one please contact me ASAP)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Onsen/hiking gear (if you would like to go to the onsen or hike the nearby Mt-Eniwa)
  • Food for Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast, snacks, drinks (there is no running water, maybe bring that for Hangover Sunday)
  • Flashlight
  • A shirt you don’t mind getting written on and a marker for the graffiti party
  • Frisbees, beachball, etc.
  • Your party and your enjoy!

Things to look forward to:

  • Dinner on Saturday night, FREE for HAJET members, 500¥ for non-members (we’ll provide the food, but don’t forget to BYOBEvERages)
  • HEC Baked Goods Auction (bring something to auction off, or bring money to bid on something nomz! All proceeds go to HEC, funding the Hokkaido English Challenge)
  • Some graffiti and the resulting shirt you can treasure forever!
  • Some kouhai-senpai games: Get to know your seniors and fellow jets, oh yeah bonding time yeah!


Driving is the easiest way to reach the campground. Poropinai is right off the 453 coming from Sapporo, on the north side of Lake Shikotsu. Carpooling is encouraged!

The bus to the Shikotsukohan Terminal from Sapporo was discontinued in 2010. A bus from the Chitose JR station will take you directly to the Shikotsukohan Terminal (支笏湖畔ターミナル) which is about 8km (13 min) from the campsite. We will arrange for pickups to be available from the Shikotsukohan Terminal.

Other Helpful Info

If you have questions, concerns, requests or need help for rides or sleeping arrangements please contact Lynn Akinocho, the Central Representative at (central.rep@hajet.org)

South-West Block Guide 2014!

SW Block Guide 2014

Here is the Hiyama and Oshima Block Guide for 2014/15, put together by Jeremy Blanco.

This is a web link to a digital magazine site so the latest version will always be at this link.


Okhotsk Block Guide 2014-15

Okhotsk Block Guide

Thanks to Jordan Frazier and the rest of the awesome Okhotsk JETs, your official guide to the far Far-East is ready!
Check it out here! (pdf file)

Sapporo Welcome Party 2014

Hey everyone!

It’s the grand finale of Welcome Parties, the Sapporo Welcome Party!!

Credit: http://www.japan-guide.com/

Nightlife central!

It’s time for a night on the town! Dinner takes place at Pantera Negra in the pulsing heart of Susukino, featuring 8 delicious courses (vegetarian/vegan options available) and 2 hours of all you can drink! After dinner, we’ll descend on the bars, clubs, and karaoke boxes of Sapporo and party til we shut ‘em down!

Dinner tickets will be sold at other welcome parties, or reserved by emailing sapporo.rep@hajet.org until September 21st. Guests are welcome! Replying “going” to the Facebook event does not count as a reservation. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Where: Pantera Negra, South 3 West 5, Chuo Ward, Sapporo (across from the Norbesa building)

When: September 27th, 7:30 pm

Cost: members 3500 yen/non-members 4000 yen

RSVP: September 21st

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/692334184174933/

Accommodation will not be provided, so please find your own!


By the way, you could WIN a 2000 yen discount on dinner, and explore Sapporo at the same time! In the afternoon, join us on a city-wide scavenger hunt. Bring a camera or phone-camera, and get ready to see the sights!

Where: Meeting place TBA. All over Sapporo.

When: September 27th, 12-4 pm.

Cost: Free!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/730585443681805/


Questions? Email Saille at sapporo(dot)rep[at]hajet{dot}org. I hope you’re as pumped as I am!

Northern Welcome Party 2014


Date & Time: Saturday August 30th 1:00pm – 31st 10:00am

Location: Kembuchi Lakeside Sakuraoka Campgrounds


Fellow Hokkaidoans, join us in the North as we welcome newly-arriving JETs to their homes for

(at least) the next year! This year’s event will be held at the Kembuchi Lakeside Sakuraoka

campgrounds, which boasts sprawling hillsides of soft green grass along with a fresh

manmade lake. For those of you who want some fun and/or relaxation, both are available!

Indulge in some good ol’ Hokkaido summer fun with park golf, and relax in the well-known

and conveniently adjacent Lakeside onsen. And if you’re down for some other unique

experiences, visit the nearby Viva Alpaca farm to pet and feed some soft and gentle alpacas, or

try Kembuchi’s famous smoked chicken restaurant Gotoh’s Chicken!

We’ll also be having a bake sale to raise money for HAJET’s greatest pride, the Hokkaido

English Challenge. Show off your pastry or confectionary skills and benefit a great cause in the



Any questions? Contact me, Kevin Furlanetto, at northern.rep@hajet.org.


Thank you!


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