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Skiing Hokkaido

March 24, 2018

Back in February three friends and I rented an RV and spent some time touring Hokkaido on our skis. I have been super busy with an international move and ticking off items on my "must do before leaving Japan" list - hence the month plus delay in posting this trip report. As I write this I am sitting in Los Angeles enjoying some exquisite Mexican food, In-N-Out, and driving on highways that don't cost an arm and a leg - but I am missing my friends and this upcoming keiryu tenkara and sansai season, which is sure to be epic! If you can get to Japan this year DO IT!

Skiing up Furanodake

First tour (for me). Headed up Furanodake.

I am experimenting with a new format; heavy on photos and light on words - because as you know they say "pictures speak a thousand words". Here's a map of where we went... If you want more beta hit me up.


Lunch with my son Tadashi before catching a train and then a plane to Hokkaido

The day of the trip, before I had to head to the airport I took my son to lunch. He got this for his "kids meal toy" - I thought it was fitting


Rocking a face mask before they were cool

As they say "when in Rome..." rocking the face mask on the way to the airport


Ski gear stacked and waiting for the train

Next stop Hokkaido, as I snapped this photo I was wondering if I would freeze to death or not


On the train to the airport

On the Keikyu Express to Haneda Airport


At the airport in Hokkaido

Meeting the guys at the airport - next stop Furanodake


RV parked in front of a convenience store

My friend Scott and our trusty steed.


Pulling into the parking lot to go skiing

As we pulled into the Furanodake parking lot someone was leaving - so we got front row parking!


A delicious dinner in a hole in the wall izakaya

Best meal of the trip was a hole in the wall izakaya suggested to us by another hole in the wall sake shop owner! I love Japan


Tomamu at night

Tomamu Resort is legit, good food and an epic gear shop. "How much is the limit on my American Express again?"


45cm of snow on the road, thank God we have 4x4

45cm of snow on the road. Good thing we have a diesel 4x4


overlooking the ski resort

If you think the front side of Tomamu is fun try the backside!


Snow yeti!

Yeti!


Digging out the lift

Getting ready for an epic day of inbound face shots!


We found some great food at the Seco Mart

Seco Mart found only in Hokkaido has some great grub!


A video compilation from our trip.

Ice sculptures in downtown Sapporo

Downtown Sapporo is a must visit if you're in the area


Lunch break on furanodake

Lunch break on Furanodake with sketchy conditions


earning our turns

Epic turns here we come


Cheesy tourist photo

Ich, Ni, San Cheesu - Kevin and I getting in on the tourist photo op action


Japanese curry

Japanese curry


Earning our turns

Earning our turns


So much terrain! I need at least a week

So much terrain! I need at least a week


Bushwacking on skis through a boscage is really hard work, especially on the last day

Bushwacking on skis through a boscage is really hard work, especially on the last day


After nearly a mile of ascending we were starving!

After nearly a mile of ascending we were starving!


Horotachi is a small local resort with only one lift - and some fun albeit short runs

Horotachi is a small local resort with only one lift - and some fun albeit short runs


Our fearless leader Junpei enjoying the downtown Sapporo light festival after a delicious meal

Our fearless leader Junpei enjoying the downtown Sapporo light festival after a delicious meal


You gotta love Japlish

You gotta love Japlish


spiky bush

This little guy looks pretty cute but his bigger brother and sisters aren't so cute...


Sketchy river crossing

This is harder than it looks


Lake Shikotsu

Sunset over Lake Shikotsu on the last day headed back to the airport

To see more photos from the adventure, check out this Google Photos Album here.

Comments:


May 22, 2018

Ronald Bennett

Your posts are just beautiful.....I love the photos and the whole composition of your story.

May 23, 2018

Isaac Tait

Thank you Ronald, I am glad you enjoyed it. Doesn't quite do justice to the adventure though... 😁


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Written by Isaac Tait who now lives in San Diego but dreams of returning, one day, to Japan. You should follow him on Twitter.