Collected by Azul Adnan, AFAR Local Expert
Gorgeous snow, brown bears, onsen (hot spring baths), sumptuous seafood. All this can be found in beautiful Hokkaido, Japan.
Japan, 〒059-0551 Hokkaido, Noboribetsu, 登別温泉町２２４
I was truly amazed at the human-like behavior of supposedly untamed brown bears cajoling and waving at me. With a zoom lens, the Noboribetsu Bear Park in Hokkaido, Japan is a great place for taking close-up photos of bears without having to go...
Japan, 〒060-0042 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Ōdōrinishi, 12 Chome, 第3合同庁舎内
Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, doesn't appeal as a place to visit for a peaceful and relaxing time. Sure enough, the fifth largest city in Japan was bustling when I got there. So in order to photograph scenes of tranquility, I got up early one...
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
No, those two scoops aren't vanilla ice cream. They're butter. This fish lying on a bed of vegetables was served on a sizzling hot plate. It was topped with two scoops of butter. What you had to do was spread the butter over the fish and then stir...
Mount Hakodate, Hakodateyama, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0000, Japan
Touted as one of the best night views in the world, Mount Hakodate—locally, Hakodate-san—feels like the center of the world. Take the short cable car ride to the top of this dormant volcano and view a stunning contrast of city lights...
Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, Japan
The Japanese omelette is truly an art form. At our hotel in Noboribetsu, we were in awe as we stood by and watched the chef create his masterpiece. He started by pouring the egg mixture into a square pan. He spread out the mixture and as the egg...
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