24 May, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

In the last few days before leaving the scenic Hokkaido region in northern Japan I took a few quick day trips around Hokkaido to see the beauty of this island. One of those were to Lake Toya and the Showashinzan cable car, with gorgeous mountain-lake scenery and some breathtaking views overlooking the lake, the coast and nearby […]

7 May, 2017 in Sapporo

During the summer I spent in Hokkaido one of my favorite things was to go up the cable cars. The Hokkaido region is perfect for that, with high mountains surrounding the urban regions. During the freezing winters, all those mountains become ski slopes, but during the summer, they make for some spectacular observation decks down […]

29 Apr, 2017 in Sapporo

My trip last summer to Sapporo was completely unplanned. I was originally planning to tour the Nagoya area following a conference, but the scorching heat of 35-38c had me looking for cooler alternatives, and Hokkaido seemed like a good alternative. And so, when I arrived in Sapporo, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. […]

25 Mar, 2017 in Sapporo
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I spent much of the last summer in Japan. The original plan was to roam around the Nagoya area, but with ~35c weather, I quickly changed plans and moved up north to spend most of my time in the lovely Sapporo in Hokkaido. The whole Hokkaido region is green and lush, and so Sapporo has […]

16 Mar, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions
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While I was spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkaido, the Otaru daytrip was promoted to me as the Japanese Netherlands, in that it had ‘canals’. Japanese tourists from all over Japan who flew in to cool down in the north would go to Otaru in expectation that it would offer a bit of European […]

26 Feb, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

During my summer stay at the scenic Hokkaido region in the northern part of Japan, I was based in Sapporo and made occasional trips to see some of the area. In a trip to the Niseko area I made a stop at the Shinsen-numa Wetland Swamp / Marsh, a very green and picturesque wetland with paved […]

18 Feb, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo, Visions
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While spending the summer in Sapporo in Hokkadio, at the northern region of Japan, I made a number of daytrips to explore a bit of the mountainous region of Furano. I started off with the blue pond and Biei and then made my way to the hotsprings and cable car area in the city of Furano, […]

29 Jan, 2017 in Sapporo
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Sapporo has a number of public parks all over the city, but the one I liked the most, by far, was the Moerenuma Park. It’s a bit off the beaten track in already rural Sapporo, but it’s well worth it. Aside from the wide greens there are very interesting sculptures, fountains, and buildings by some of Japan’s […]

14 Jan, 2017 in Sapporo

I spent most of the last summer in Japan, and most of that was spent in Sapporo of the northern region of Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous for its natural scenery, skiing in the winter, and the relatively cooler chilled out pace during the hot Japan summers.  Sapporo, the Hokkaido capital and biggest city, is also […]

10 Jan, 2017 in Daytrips from Sapporo

More cable cars in Hokkaido? you got it. A quick daytrip from Sapporo, where I spent most of the last summer, is the lovely Niseko area, well known as a great ski resort. Since I love cable cars and just can’t get enough of them, when given the choice between going up the mountain for grand […]

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