I just got back from Japan with another load of photos to sort through. As before, I’m going to break them into multiple chronological posts. Each post will have a… Read more »
(Sept 6) The Holiday Inn at Narita Airport is not a ryokan. It’s a typical Western-style hotel, not too different from one you might find in America.
(Sept. 7) Train delays, quick overview of Sapporo, beer, lamb and a traffic accident. Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido prefecture and the largest city on the island.
(Sept 8) If you want to learn about the history of Hokkaido, the Hokkaido Historical Museum is a good place to start.
(Sept 9) If you have some free time in Sapporo, it might be worthwhile to check of the Botanic Garden of Hokkaido University, which includes a small but well-stocked natural… Read more »
(Sept 9) Many of the more entertaining shops in Sapporo can be found in the Tanukikoji, a covered shopping arcade that extends for 8 blocks in the southeast quarter of… Read more »
(Sept 10) Views from a train, cornfields and fast food. Hokkaido is sometimes compared to the American West, and it does present similar views of flat, open farmland stretching out… Read more »
(Sept 10) As an important part of the Meiji government’s plans to develop Hokkaido, a network of prisons was set up around the island. Prisoners from all over Japan were… Read more »
(Sept 11) The starkly beautiful Shiretoko Peninsula (from an Ainu phrase meaning “the end of the earth”) extends north into the frigid Sea of Okhotsk. Much of it is taken… Read more »
(Sept 12) An area with a number of geothermal sites.