Amazing Adventures in Hokkaido

  • Life in Hokkaido is dictated by the seasons, and winter in Hokkaido is the season for skiing. Unlike many ski destinations around the world that are found in high mountainous areas, Hokkaido receives an abundance of snow all the way to sea level – making every town with a small hill – a ski town.

  • At the Daisetsuzan Nature School, we provide environmental education for local children. We are putting together a list of 100 things that all kids in Hokkaido should experience. These experiences are not just fun outdoor activities, but also those we adults think would help develop an understanding of our environment. Understanding the environment and how our actions affect it, is key for us to live sustainably for generations to come.

  • Having cycled extensively in the UK, France and the Netherlands, I was pleasantly surprised by the potential for cycling in Hokkaido, when the snow started melting after my first winter here, some thirty-odd years ago. However, it wasn’t long before I realised the real potential for cycling may actually be the winters themselves.

  • Have you ever stepped foot into a snowy forest? Hokkaido winter forests offer you a refreshing, relaxing and intriguing time. Here are three good things about Hokkaido winter forests.

  • The region of Hokkaido stretching over 340 km north from Shimukappu to Wakkanai is known locally as Dohoku (northern Hokkaido). Dohoku encompasses the popular ski destinations of Tomamu, Furano and Mt. Asahidake. While it is not as internationally renowned as Niseko, skiing and snowboarding in the region is becoming popular with powder skiers and snowboarders looking for a more authentic travel experience.

  • When I arrived on the island of Hokkaido for the first time in November of 2006, I had no idea that this would become the place I called home for the next 15 years (and counting). As an Australian country boy I had grown up on a farm in central Victoria. Wide open spaces and freedom to roam were part of my childhood. As I became an independent young adult my passion for surfing and snowboarding, coupled with a love of photography, drove my relentless travel itinerary which took me through Japan, Europe, Patagonia, Iceland, Greenland and much of South East Asia.

  • The transition from autumn to winter brings hordes of migratory birds hurrying into East Hokkaidō. Their flocks are restless and noisy: geese and swans clamour at coastal lagoons; ducks, divers, grebes and gulls become plentiful offshore and in harbours; and chattering flocks of thrushes, buntings and finches are on the move southwards busily seeking warmth and food. By Mark Brazil