Photography: Winter in Hokkaido

Last winter I went to Hokkaido for the first time in 15 years and I’ve just booked a flight back there again for this winter. Biei (美栄町), Furano (富良野市), Ashikawa (芦川市), and most of central Hokkaido was deep in snow  and bitterly cold. It lived up to expectations – it really was a winter wonderland.



Perhaps too much of a winter wonderland if the truth be told. There’s only so many snow-covered trees you can get excited about and I’m happy I got the inner Michael Kenna out of my system.



It was wandering around Furano at night or finding tiny train stations in the middle of nowhere that got me excited, so this time I plan to take trains instead of renting a car and visit more fishing ports and small towns. It was terrifying driving on solid ice in the centre of town.





If you’re heading to Hokkaido this winter to do landscape photography don’t forget to save some time to explore the more urban areas as well.

14 responses to “Photography: Winter in Hokkaido”

  1. Your featured image is incredible!!

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    1. Thank you! There are plenty of scenes like this in central Hokkaido in winter.

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      1. I mean WOW. Seriously. Great capture.


      2. I’ve just bought a new printer and am playing around with it testing settings and paper etc. If you want I can send you an A4 print on me. Send me an email if you’re interested.

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      3. What? Really? Yes!! I’m assuming your email is on your page somewhere?


      4. Did you send an email? I didn’t get one if you did.

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      5. Not yet! Thanks for responding…I could r find the original thread.


  2. Lovely captures. I really like these so much


    1. Thank you! I’m going back there again in a few weeks so hopefully I’ll come away with some more keepers. Thanks for taking a look.

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      1. You are welcome and good luck with your next trip


  3. […] did last year I’ve just spent time in Hokkaido over the Christmas holiday. In 2018 I went to Furano (富良野) and Biei (美英) photographing typical winter scenes – mostly copying the commonly seen photos of lone trees […]


  4. Those photos are amazing!


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