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Hokkaido Summer 2011: Shikotsuko
October 22, 2011 - Shikotsu Kohan, Japan
Our final destination on the summer trip lay on the other side of Hokkaido from the Akan National Park and we were prepared for a long and ardous drive across the island.  In reality it turned out to be quite a fun drive and didn't feel as long as we'd anticipated it would.  The only part that wasn't fun was once we got out of all the stunning...
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Hokkaido Summer 2011: Sounkyo Onsen
August 23, 2011 - Sounkyo Onsen, Japan
We left Furano early in the morning and headed to Sounkyo Onsen and the Daisetsuzan National Park.  We made a few stops along the way which made it feel like a short journey.  Our irst one was a flower farm in Biei which was really pretty and we couldn't resist stopping for a few photos, and then we stopped in Asahikawa to do some laundry,...
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Hokkaido Summer 2011: Furano
August 20, 2011 - Furano, Japan
We spent our two weeks summer holiday this year driving around Japan's northern island, Hokkaido.  We flew to Chitose and picked up the car that would be ours for the next two weeks and after picking up some camping gas, a little barbeque and some convenience store snacks headed straight to Furano, our first destination where we planned to...
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Sapporo Snow Festival
February 20, 2011 - Sapporo, Japan
We flew to Sapporo straight after work on the Saturday evening so that we could have a full day to take in the last day of the Snow Festival.  Our hotel was only about a 10-15 minute walk from the main festival site in Odori-Koen. We woke up early on Sunday morning determined to get the most out of our day.  We walked to Odori-Koen, past the...
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