Of Snows and Hot Baths

In the middle of Daisetsuzan National Park, nestled in narrow scenic gorge flanked by cliffs, abundant hot springs, powerful waterfalls, and fantastic rock formation is a full-scale mountain resort town called Sounkyo. It has become quite touristy because it is an excellent base for trekking and skiing around the National Park. From late January to … Continue reading Of Snows and Hot Baths

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Happy Feet At Asahiyama Zoo

Credits: Solid Brown paper and Guess What Tag by Splendid Finn You are awesome kit; Bow, Ribbon Cluster, Staples, Saving Memories word art by Sus Design Mumble, the penguin character in that animated film, Happy Feet, that cannot sing but tap danced his way to Gloria’s heart. Yes, that same Mumble charmed its way into … Continue reading Happy Feet At Asahiyama Zoo

Asahikawa

Hokkaido’s second largest city is a good base for those exploring the nearby Daisetsu mountain range and the picturesque Biei-Furano. But because we were there in the dead of winter and we don’t ski, we had other things in mind. We were there for the 58th Asahikawa Winter Festival, its zoo, and ramen. The Asahikawa … Continue reading Asahikawa