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Ginkonyu Yakumo Hokkaido

Ginkonyu – Yakumo, Hokkaido

Ginkonyu, literally translated as 25th Wedding Anniversary Hot Springs, was an ideal location to take my wife’s parents for their wedding anniversary, even if it was their 40th,…

Winter Season in Hirafu, Niseko

The journey was over.  We had a few short days to move in to our beautiful (and some might say romantic) log cabin before we were to start…

Day 75: Ferry to Hokkaido

This is it, the last leg of the journey. Tomorrow we will be back in Hokkaido. We boarded the ferry just before midnight, and learning from past experience…

tottori sand dune

Day 74: Tottori City (Tottori) – Maizuru (Kyoto) 177km

  It was still stormy when we woke up; it was nice to listen to the ocean last night, felt very nostalgic… It was going to be our…

Day 13: Yakumo – Hotokegaura (Aomori) 130km

We made the most of the short time I had back in Yakumo to see a friends in town, and although it had only been three weeks since…

Ota Jinja

Day 12: Noboribetsu – Yakumo

Rudely awoken by tourists invading our serene, isolated location, we decided to take off and find somewhere nice for breakfast.  Didn’t quite find it, and settled for a…

Noboribetsu Hell Festival

Day 11: Lake Toya – Noboribetsu 72km

It’s amazing how cool it can get at night (in a car) in Hokkaido, only to be roasting when the sun comes up (and, does it come up…

Niseko

Day 10: Niseko – Soubetsu 77km

I had grandiose plans to sleep-in again today, however, I forgot to sign out of Skype on my iPhone, and was rudely awoken by my brother’s constant calls. …

Lake Oneto

Day 8: Onetoko – Sapporo 297km

Getting quite tired, so slept an intensely deep sleep.  We’re still quite slow in the mornings, it still takes nearly two hours from when we wake up, to…

kami no ko ike

Day 7: Uramashu – Onetoko 165km

It absolutely poured down rain last night.  It made me so grateful to be inside this big, dry van.  It was still raining heavily when we woke up,…