Where Are We – Japan 7 (Wildlife on Hokkaido, in Winter)

wildlife on HokkaidoA (short) visit to a couple of snow festivals on Hokkaido extended into, surprise, surprise, a much longer stay. While we went to Hokkaido for its snow festivals (read about it here), our highlight was watching wildlife.

We regularly spotted red foxes and finally managed to capture one or two on camera, we drove among throngs of deer and watched how the once almost extinct crane birds now have a safe winter habitat in Kusshiro, where they are fed throughout the winter.

Digging a deep hole and lo and behold, there was something to eat.

This was special. During a walk at Furen Lake, one of these cranes got busy impressing the other with a crane dance.

Almost six weeks later we’re finally ready to leave this beautiful island, and with that Hokkaido’s winter with freezing temps and packs of snow. Cherry trees, while you are getting ready to blossom and display the most beautiful of you, we’ll drive south to meet you and to make sure we get to see the best of you!

Who has tips on the best places to visit for the cherry blossom?


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