First of all: Happy new year! Hope you all had a great start into 2015!
Speaking for myself, I had quite a adventurous holiday.
After spending Christmas time in Germany, Sascha & me packed our Camper van for some days in the Hokkaido snow paradise!
Just in case you wonder:
Yes, with the idea of sleeping in the car! Yes, it gets quite cold in Hokkaido in winter time 🙂
Because again we were too lazy to book the ferry from Aorai or Niigata to Hokkaido upfront, we drove to Aomori and took the ferry to Hakodate which goes more often and is more flexible to book short-termed.
Arriving on the northern island, suddenly streets were covered with snow, and I was happy that we came with winter tires and brought snow chains.
After another 2 hour drive we arrived in the Niseko area. Puh, in total our journey took 16hours, and I was not convinced at the first day, it’s gonna be worth it.
The first Ski Area we visited was Niseko Moiwa, known for being less crowded. Which is true, but as well it is somehow small.
But anyway a good, easy start with not as much powder as I expected. This changed over night!
Covered under blankets, the first night was surprisingly warm with only -5 degrees. We parked the Car on a parking area close to the Gondola in Hirafu and next morning we had snow up you the lower door ridge. So therefore the day in the Niskeo Hanazono Ski area was just perfect! Even new powder on the slope and in the backcountry you could totally sink into the fresh powder.
And it continued like this! Only disadvantage was, also the temperature decreased and the wind got very strong for some days, so extra clothes and a hot Onsen bath after the day in the snow was necessary to warm up again.
New Year’s Eve we spend outside with a bunch of Australian people, and a fireworks in front of Mt. Yotei!
And the résumé, of 4 days winter camping in Hokkaido? I have to say, the North of Japan is getting my favourite part of the beautiful country and I’m afraid, I will never have such nice powder snow again back in Europe. Therefore, all the freezing was worth it!
d&m, rewe oder Sparkassen Taschen?
Eigentlich nichts besonderes. Aber doch etwas verwirrend, sowas in einem Trend-Store in Tokyo, für knapp 10€ zu finden. Also, für alle Besucher: bitte aus Deutschland mitbringen 😉
Found some interesting bags in the middle in Tokyo. In Germany you would get those for free, when buying stuff e.g. in the supermarket “rewe”. Not at all fancy labels and therefore 10€ by bag is quite irritating. Maybe a business oppurtunity?
heute hat mein japanisch unterricht mit einem neuen sensei gestartet. und worüber unterhält man sich zum warm werden am besten: bier! haben heute somit eine geschlagene stunde über bier philosophiert: woher kommt das beste, unterschiede von japan zu deutschland, geschmacksrichtungen und glasvolumen auf den internationalen oktoberfesten im vergleich zum echten in muenchen.
warum? keine ahnung! aber man muss die vorurteile gegenüber den deutschen ja pflegen, gell! nächstes mal halte ich dann einen vortrag über kartoffeln 😉
today I started my lessons with a new sensei. a really nice and patient guy! to get started we somehow began to talk about beer – where does the best beer come from, the different tastes and the sizes of beer glasses at the japanese oktoberfest compared to the original one…
I still don’t know, why we came up with this topic and why we stayed with it about one hour, but somehow I ended with proving the prejudices against germans (again). next time i will start with an essay about potatoes 😉