DAY 1Dec 17 2016
New Chitose Airport
The snow creaks under my feet, the cold wind freezes my skin, and ramen are more delicious than ever. There we are : it's WINTER TIME in Hokkaido. That time of the year when hills and mountains are covered with a deep, beautiful layer of powder snow -when the powder quest begins...
Located in northernmost Japan, Hokkaido is the second-largest and least developed island in the country. Given its geographical location, Hokkaido’s winter is known for being harsh, with lots of snowfall, sub-zero temperatures and frozen seas. Despite the bleak weather conditions, as it is the least developed island in Japan, its unspoilt natural landscapes still make it an alluring destination.
Not only the views are stunning and the Japanese atmosphere unique, but the powder in Hokkaido is champagne of the finest type, being not only one of the deepest but also the liiightest in the world!
Hakodate is approximate 280km away from Shin Chitose, though on paper it looks like a mere 3 hours drive.
Located at the southernmost tip of Hokkaido, Hakodate is the third largest city in Hokkaido. Founded in 1454, the city is best known for the spectacular views from Mount Hakodate and its delicious, fresh seafood with squid as it prime attraction
Accompanied by earthquakes, the mountain suddenly rose from a flat wheat field to its current height of 290 meters between 1943 and 1945. The mountain was named "Showa New Mountain" according to the contemporary reign of Emperor Showa (1926-1989).
Still venting sulfurous fumes today, Showa Shinzan stands directly next to Mount Usu, which bears responsibility for the new mountain's birth. You can get good views of the young volcano by taking the Usuzan Ropeway.
Showa Shinzan Bear Ranch
The bears lived in dens and these bears were trained to wave and greet visitors, thinking that if they wave, they will receive a biscuit from the visitors.
We could purchase bear biscuits to feed the bears. And the bears seemed hungry while we are there because they would do a bunch of actions like waving, just to get the biscuits from us and those excited tourists.
DAY 3Dec 19 2016