Category: Hokkaido

Tokyo obviously has more than plenty to see & do in its own right, and you can easily fill your free time between events (see here). But if you have a few days spare between, before, or after your events, …

Japan Sightseeing Guide Read More »

This post originally appeared on my Rugby Guide Japan website (which is archived here if you want to check it out), providing information for rugby fans attending 2019 Rugby World Cup matches in Japan. But obviously autumn is still autumn …

Japan Autumn Colours Guide for the Rugby World Cup Read More »

Sapporo’s the main city on Japan’s far northern island of Hokkaido, and comfortably the largest Japanese city north of Tokyo despite being in by far the least densely populated part of the country (leaving the rest of the island very …

Sapporo Quick Guide Read More »

Most visitors to Hokkaido fly in, but to do it overland you have two options – bullet train or ferry. If you have the JR Pass, the train’s the way to go – with the bullet train having recently been …

How to Take the Ferry to Hokkaido Read More »

Hokkaido’s remote Shiretoko Peninsula in the far northeastern corner of Japan was a place I’d wanted to go ever since I spent a ski season in Sapporo. At the time I’d made a trip out that way to Abashiri (famous …

Viewing the Disputed Kuril Islands from the Shiretoko Peninsula Read More »

Hokkaido’s powder is legendary, and the larger resorts like Niseko and Furano have been popular for years now with international powder hounds, especially those from Australia and New Zealand (what with the opposite hemisphere seasons and the lack of jet …

A Suggested Hokkaido Ski Tour Route Read More »

I was in Sapporo for the ski season, filling my boots with Hokkaido’s legendary powder snow. The snow was so good I rather fancied another season, and was looking for a job as an English teacher to stay for the …

My 0.5 Seconds of Fame: The Time I Appeared in a Japanese TV Commercial! Read More »

Part One: A Bizarre Encounter at Tomakomai Station “Hey. Fuck you!” …what the? I heard this woman before I ever saw her; she’d sneaked up behind me while I was on the phone and suddenly started screaming in my free …

Sapporo to Kyoto by local train; a bizarre encounter in Tomakomai, the dog-eat-dog-politely world of busy Japanese trains, and a heroic last stand in Hiraizumi Read More »