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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Sapporo Snow Festival

On our way to our accommodation from the airport, our cab drove through Susukino to reveal a row of illuminated ice sculpture.  That was our prelude to the Yuki Matsui, internationally known as Sapporo’s Snow Festival.  For seven days every February, Japan’s largest winter event is turned into a winter wonderland of snow stations and … Continue reading Sapporo Snow Festival

Panagbenga

My visit to Baguio,our summer capital coincided with the Panagbenga Festival.  I was there more to support my friends’ participation in the 4x4 off road challenge in La Trinidad. But I obviously will not pass up the chance to witness even just a glimpse of the well- attended festival.  We failed on our first attempt to even … Continue reading Panagbenga