Eastern Hokkaido of Summer
A wild bird feast and a flower contest.
The arrival of Spring is late in eastern Hokkaido.
Around the time when cherry blossoms starts to be the topic of conversation in Honshu (the largest and most populous island of Japan), here in Hokkaido the world is still monotone with snow and desolate fields.
Of all the wild fowl, the Red-crowned cranes of Kushiro marsh are the first to begin mating in spring.
The Red-crowned crane, called the god of the marshland (Sarurunkamui in Japanese) spends from February until March greeting the season of mating.
In order to attract a mate, they sing loudly, and perform a graceful and spectacular courtship dance called a display.
If mating is successful, the chicks will hatch in June.
Eastern Hokkaido of Spring
Spring comes all of a sudden. First and foremost to bloom is Pheasant’s eye, Skunk cabbage gets washed in a babbling brook, Hepatica (of the buttercup family) and Corydalis Rhizome (of the poppy family) can be easily overlooked, many pretty little flowers like these will smile up at the passing traveler. Spring is also the season when wild birds migrate. Migrating birds heading North and birds coming from the South merge for a fleeting moment in eastern Hokkaido. It is also the season when bird watchers from home and abroad converge towards eastern Hokkaido like wild fowl.
Eastern Hokkaido of autumn
When it comes to travelling in the autumn, the classic has to be .autumn leaves and a hot spring. In Japan, the earliest appearance of red autumn leaves appear on Mount Asahi in the Daisetsuzan Mountain range and at the base of Sōunkyō which is also famous for its autumn leaves. The red autumn leaves in Shiretoko, Lake Akan and Lake Mashu are splendid, basically the entire area is an ideal spot for viewing Autumn leaves. When it comes to hot springs, they are too numerous to enumerate, some of them include Sounkyo hot spring, Lake Akan hot spring, Kawayu hot spring including Akankoonsen, Tokachigawa Moor hot spring and many […]
Eastern Hokkaido of winter
Speaking of winter, drift ice. You will be able to experience the intense coldness of Mother nature, board an icebreaker and experience the compelling force on a drift ice cruise. In inland areas, on very sunny cold mornings it may be possible to see diamond dust (ground-level cloud composed of tiny ice crystals) or sun pillars (reflections of light from numerous tiny ice crystals). Furano Ski Resort, backcountry skiing in Mount Asahi and Mount Kuro are courses which skiers dream about. Many travelers believe in going to winter resorts in the winter season, winter may just be the season to enjoy eastern Hokkaido at its most typical.