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

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Otaru: Yuki Akari no Michi

Credits: Natural Beauty created by and (c) Maria LaFrance Held at the same time as Sapporo’s Snow Festival is nearby city Otaru’s Snow Light Path Festival (Yuki Akari no Michi). Just a 30-minute train ride away, this beautifully preserved harbor town is well worth the day trip especially at this time of the year. After dark, … Continue reading Otaru: Yuki Akari no Michi