【Kamuy landscapes】

The deep forests and coastlines inhabited by wildlife. Introducing Hokkaido’s natural scenery that changes with the seasons

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【Kamuy landscapes】Todowara in early spring – snowfields and blue skies all the way to the horizon

Todowara, with its beautifully contrasting blue skies and white snowfields

Notsuke Peninsula was cloudless and clear; the wind was light; even my heart was bright.

The surface of the accumulated snow melted in the sunlight, before being frozen by the cold of the mornings and evenings, and becoming hard again. Even without snowshoes, our feet did not sink. With only a light jacket and warm shoes, we decided to hike to Todowara.

We left the car in the parking lot and walked about one kilometer along the Todowara scenic trail. At this time of year, there are few people on the trail, so we have the white landscapes that extend to the horizon all to ourselves. The contrast between the snow and the blue sky was beautiful. With the withering Sakhalin fir trees, even Todowara, which seems like the ‘end of the world,’ looks artistic.

The soft breeze brushed my cheeks with a hint of warmth, heralding the arrival of spring amid the kamuy landscapes.

(Photo and words by Shigeru Tadanobu)

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Todowara

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