Winter Wonderland Hokkaido

Last winter I went to Hokkaido for the first time in 15 years and I’ve just booked a flight back there again for this winter. Biei (美栄町), Furano (富良野市), Ashikawa (芦川市), and most of central Hokkaido was deep in snow and bitterly cold. It lived up to expectations – it really was a winter wonderland.

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Perhaps too much of a winter wonderland if the truth be told. There’s only so many snow-covered trees you can get excited about and I’m happy I got the inner Michael Kenna out of my system.

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It was wandering around Furano at night or finding tiny train stations in the middle of nowhere that got me excited, so this time I plan to take trains instead of renting a car and visit more fishing ports and small towns. It was terrifying driving on solid ice in the centre of town.

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If you’re heading to Hokkaido this winter to do landscape photography don’t forget to save some time to explore the more urban areas as well.

Based in Japan since 2001 I spend free days adventuring into the mountainous regions of central Honshu and occasionally Hokkaido. In 2021, I plan to slow down and talk to more people. Feel free to email me.

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