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2017/10/04

2017/10/04 - Shiretoko Report

Two weeks after Schauwecker was in Daisetsuzan in central Hokkaido, I made my way to the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido. Almost like the country's final frontier, the peninsula is best known for its...
2017/09/21

2017/09/21 - Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Report

After a foggy day on Mount Asahidake yesterday, I approached Daisetsuzan National Park from the opposite side today and made a four hour hike around Daisetsu Kogen Onsen, one of the bases on the western side of the...
2017/09/20

2017/09/20 - Mount Asahidake Report

Today, I took the ropeway from Asahidake Onsen through thick fog to the upper station at the base of Mount Asahidake, Hokkaido's tallest peak...
2017/05/04

2017/05/04 - Sapporo Report

This year's cherry blossom season began in Tokyo six weeks ago and since then location after location has seen the blossoms come and go, with now even areas in the very north of the mainland seeing their seasons...
2017/05/03

2017/05/03 - Hakodate Report

It's now six weeks since this year's cherry blossom season kicked off in Tokyo, and now, after the blossoms have come and gone in the vast majority of the mainland, the season is getting well under way in the...
2017/05/02

2017/05/02 - Matsumae Report

With this year's cherry blossom season having come to an end in all but the northernmost parts of Honshu, now Hokkaido takes center stage, with many locations on Japan's rugged, northern island entering their best...
2016/09/21

2016/09/21 - Daisetsuzan Report

After yesterday's visit to Mount Asahidake, I spent another day in the Daisetsuzan Mountains and approached the spacious national park from the opposite direction today...
2016/09/20

2016/09/20 - Daisetsuzan Report

Over the next three months, japan-guide.com we will again accompany Japan's autumn colors as they descend from northern Japan's highest mountains...
2016/06/09

Delicious Biei, Classic Furano

In the June installation of Chotto Zeitaku Japan, we head over to the middle of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Located in the middle of Hokkaido, the towns of Biei and Furano are twice as large as the 23 wards...
2016/05/02

2016/05/02 - Sapporo Report

After the cold end to April, the weather across Hokkaido is starting to warm up (finally!) I was in Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido, to check out the city's popular cherry blossom spots for our last...
2016/05/01

2016/05/01 - Noboribetsu Report

Today I headed for Noboribetsu Onsen, which about midway between Hakodate and Sapporo. The hot spring town lies at an elevation of about 200 meters above sea level and is Hokkaido's most famous onsen resort. Due to...
2016/04/30

2016/04/30 - Matsumae Report

Continuing my cherry blossom tour of southern Hokkaido, I headed to Matsumae today to check out the cherry blossoms in Matsumae Park. Over 10,000 cherry trees of more than 250 different varieties can be seen around...
2016/04/29

2016/04/29 - Hakodate Report

The japan-guide cherry blossom reporting has finally reached Hokkaido, almost six weeks after our first report in Tokyo. Today, I am in Hakodate, a popular harbor town in southern Hokkaido, to check out a couple of...
2015/09/17

2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report

The weather could not have been better to do the Daisetsuzan Traverse from Asahidake Onsen to Sounkyo Onsen today. Hikers traversing the Daisetsuzan Mountains typically climb the summit of Mount Asahidake along...
2015/09/16

2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report

For the 8th year in a row, we start reporting Japan's autumn color season from Daisetsuzan National Park in the center of Hokkaido. The highest point on the island, the Daisetsuzan Mountains are the first place in...
2014/09/19

2014/09/19 - Tokachidake Report

The weather remained unstable and wet on my last day in Hokkaido. I visited Tokachidake Onsen, a small collection of hot spring lodgings halfway up the slopes of Mount Tokachidake. Located about 30 kilometers...
2014/09/18

2014/09/18 - Kurodake Report

The weather continued to be unstable in Hokkaido today. I had already given up on my initial plans to traverse the Daisetsuzan Mountains from Asahidake Onsen to Sounkyo Onsen...
2014/09/17

2014/09/17 - Asahidake Report

Since 2008, japan-guide.com has been following the autumn colors from the highest mountains of Hokkaido to the parks and gardens...
2013/09/21

2013/09/21 - Kurodake Report

On my second and last reporting day in Daisetsuzan National Park I visited Sounkyo Onsen to climb Mount Kurodake. Kurodake is almost 2000 meters high, but...
2013/09/20

2013/09/20 - Asahidake Report

Daisetsuzan National Park in the center of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido is the first place in the country to see autumn colors each year...
2013/05/09

2013/05/09 - Hakodate Report

Today we wrapped up our 2013 cherry blossom reporting with a visit to Hakodate in southern Hokkaido...
2013/05/08

2013/05/08 - Matsumae Report

Nearly two months since the first cherry trees opened in Kyushu, this year's cherry blossom front has finally landed in Hokkaido...
2013/02/06

Asahikawa Winter Festival 2013

Today we headed to Hokkaido's second largest city to check out the opening day of the 54th Asahikawa Winter Festival. Though smaller than the Sapporo...
2013/02/05

Sapporo Snow Festival 2013

The 64th annual Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) began today and will run through Monday, February 11th....
2012/10/18

2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report

I wrapped up my 3-day reporting trip through Hokkaido with a visit to Noboribetsu Onsen, one of my favorite hot spring resorts. The autumn colors...
2012/10/18

2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report

On day two of my 3-day reporting trip through Hokkaido, I re-visited Sounkyo Onsen, where we had previously reported from on September 20 and...
2012/10/17

2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report

On Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, the autumn colors are gradually descending into lower elevations, but remain one to two weeks behind their average schedule. On the first day of a 3-day reporting trip across Hokkaido, I...
2012/09/28

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report

The story of this autumn leaves season so far has been about the warmer than average weather that has limited the intensity of color changes. Last night I was talking to an elderly restaurant owner who wasn't optimistic that colors...
2012/09/27

2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report

6:30 in the morning and we were on board a bus to Daisetsu Kogen (Daisetsu Highlands) - From September 22 to 30, 2012, private cars can only go as far as the Lakesite parking lot at the base of the highlands, from where a shuttle...
2012/09/26

2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report

A few days after our last visit, we returned to Mount Asahidake to check on the progress of autumn colors there. After a hotter than average summer, the past couple of days saw temperatures drop by a few degrees, so...
2012/09/21

2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report

Three days after my first visit, I returned to Mount Asahidake today. In the meantime, temperatures have dropped to somewhat more seasonable values, but the nanakamado bushes around the mountain...
2012/09/20

2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report

Located in the center of Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan National Park is larger than some of Japan's 47 prefectures. Not surprisingly, the park can be accessed from many...
2012/09/18

2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report

Welcome to the 2012 autumn color reports! Starting today, we will follow the seasonal colors for approximately three months as they descend from the highest peaks of Hokkaido ...
2012/05/09

2012/05/09 - Sapporo Report

Interestingly, a reliable source told me that the cherry trees in Sapporo went into full bloom within hours from having their first open flowers on May 1. In fact, the cherry blossoms opened earlier at Sapporo than at Hakodate this year,...
2012/05/08

2012/05/08 - Hakodate Report

The cherry blossoms of Hakodate officially opened on May 2 this year, slightly later than an average year. Peak was reached on May 5, and I read a report saying that the cherry trees remained in full bloom despite the rain yesterday;...
2011/09/15

Furano in September

After two wonderful autumn color reports from Daisetsuzan National Park yesterday and the day before yesterday, I quickly stopped by two popular tourist spots in the vicinity of Asahikawa Airport: the Aoiike (Blue Pond) and Farm...
2011/09/14

2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report

Today I parked my car in Sounkyo, took a shuttle bus to Ginsendai and hiked from there via Mount Akadake and Mount Hokkaisan to Mount Kurodake before descending back into Sounkyo. Located on the eastern side of the...
2011/09/13

2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

Welcome to autumn 2011! Over the coming three months, the japan-guide.com team will take you again to autumn color spots across Japan and report on the leaves' current state. As always, we started reporting from...
2011/06/29

Eastern Hokkaido Report Trip

On a three day trip to Eastern Hokkaido, we checked on the current state of a few tourist spots in Shiretoko National Park which are subject to new regulations from this year. And we re-visited Lake Mashuko in nearby Akan National...
2011/05/09

2011/05/09 - Sapporo Report

After our report from Hakodate from three days ago, Schauwecker and I made our last cherry blossom report from Hokkaido and the last report of the season. Today we visited some of Sapporo's most famous cherry blossom spots and found the...
2011/05/06

2011/05/06 - Hakodate Report

Schauwecker and I have followed the cherry blossoms to Japan's northermost region and the last place to find flowers: Hokkaido. Today we explored the most famous cherry blossom sites of Hakodate, and within the next few day will write our final report of the season from Sapporo.