Japan’s Northern Island of Hokkaido is colder and much snowier than on parts of the world on a similar latitude. It is also much less populated, although with 5.5 million – half of whom are concentrated around Sapporo – it is certainly not empty.
Sapporo is actually slightly north of Vladivostock, Russia, and in Europe, it would be in Southern France. In the winter, this young city receives upwards of 6 meters of snow. Within Japan, the region is known for its excellent food – crab and sushi are famous from the area.
As I have a passion for all places, I enjoyed the large, cold river and the functional architecture, but most enjoyed the old, run-down wooden buildings dotted around the city.
The train south to Tokyo revealed magnificent landscapes and the world longest tunnel with a portion under seawater! The bullet train still does not make it all the way to Sapporo, but we were so happy to go a little slower to enjoy the fishing villages and snowy volcanoes.
Here are a series of photos from Hokkaido: