Column: 100 things that Hokkaido kids should experience: Tobogganing in summer and seeing alpine flora in Daisetsuzan National ParkMay 13
At the Daisetsuzan Nature School, we provide environmental education for local children. As I covered in my last article, we are putting together a list of 100 things that all kids in Hokkaido shou...
Video footage taken by photographer Ando Makoto (57) from the village of Tsurui in the Kushiro region of Eastern Hokkaido received the first place "Winner" award in the video category for the globally renowned nature photography contest "Nature's Best Photography Asia 2021". Ando is also a professional nature guide, and has captured video footage of Eastern Hokkaido animals like brown bears and red-crowned cranes. Amidst the shock to Hokkaido tourism from the COVID-19 pandemic, Ando commented on his joy at winning, "This is a chance to show the world the amazingness of Eastern Hokkaido and contribute to a revival post-COVID tourism."
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.
A campsite that offers overnight camping even in the winter opened in December in Tsurui Village, in the Eastern Hokkaido Kushiro region. It is garnering popularity among photography enthusiasts who come to see red-crowned cranes and "solo-campers" enjoying time alone amidst nature. The campsite is originally a privately owned park golf course that changed its service format due to a lack of business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its selling point is being able to thoroughly enjoy nature and relax without worrying about being infected on a 3.5-hectare expansive vista where red-crowned cranes fly overhead.
Aug. 5, 2021
"Ohasai Tsurui" (Good Morning Cycle Tsurui), a free Sunday morning tour around Tsurui Village on bicycles, is garnering praise. An Eastern Hokkaido Tsurui Village cycling tour guide leads participants on a course with great views of nature and dairy farming scenery in the Kushiro Marshland area. Free electric bicycle rental is available in the village for guests staying at a lodging facility.
【Series】Spirits of the Kamuy landscape (24) Spring is a season for goodbye, red-crowned cranes leave their parentsApril 6, 2021
March marks the beginning of the mating season for red-crowned cranes. It is also a season for parting with offspring born in the previous spring. Parents stop taking care of their young, and encourage them to become independent by pushing them away if the young approach.
【Series】Spirits of the Kamuy landscape (10) Morning sunlight paints red-crowned cranes orange as they call to each otherDec. 29, 2020
Red-crowned cranes, a nationally protected species, began calling to each other in reverberating cries on a severely cold early morning at the Ito Sanctuary in eastern Hokkaido's Tsurui Village.