Aomori, I knew this place

In a mere four hours on the awesome Hayabusa train you too, can get from Tokyo to Aomori. And escape the ridiculousness of the enormous metropolis that is Tokyo, to replace it with an easy and much smaller city, known as Aomori. A medium-sized city that has grown to be…

Sounkyo's Heights

Sometimes, it's perfectly fine to get away from the bustling cities, high-speed internet, shopping at night, and being closer to a train station than to a supermarket. None of that in Sounkyo, and I liked it. I stayed at a small hostel, simply called Sounkyo Youth Hostel. It was simple…

Shiretoko peninsula

Shiretoko is a peninsula in the far east of Japan, and requires a long train ride to station Shiretoko-shari (regardless of where you're coming from), followed by an 80-or-so minute bus ride. My hotel is simply called Hotel Shiretoko and is synonymous with the Utoro Hot Spring resort. It's big…

Asahikawa Colour

The name Asahikawa means something like "river of the morning sun". Situated along a triple fork in the Ishikari River, it's a fitting name. Asahikawa is a medium-sized city, with a couple of big hotels, and a fairly sizable shopping center. For that matter, Asahikawa is a convenient city, and…

Watery Wakkanai

I decided to stay in Wakkanai for a few nights and visit the twin islands Rebun & Rishiri. I was in for a nasty surprise. This nasty surprise I would quickly turn into a positive one. Wakkanai has enough sights to offer for a 2-3 nights stay, even without visiting…

Jozankei Onsen

The onsen in Japan is a special thing. Sure enough, people in other Asian countries do bathing in natural hot springs. But Japan raises it to a whole other level. The luxury, the humbleness, the beauty, and all the culture behind it. It's unique. It's just one of the things…