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Sam's Exotic Travels: Japan, Land of the Rising Sun

We did a tour group to Hokkaido Province - which is the northern-most province in December 2003.  My Japan albums includes places visited on this trip.  Since the tour guide only spoke Cantonese, I didn't get as much from the trip as I wanted to, but I did get some great photo ops, as the sky was beautiful most days.

Trees, Sky and Snow, Hokkaido, Japan

Riverfront, Satora, Japan  Snow fence, trees and sky, Hokkaido, Japan

Snowly hillside, Hokkaido, Japan   Sunrise, Lake Toya, Japan

I did a tour group to Hokkaido Province - which is the northern-most province in December 2003.  My Japan albums includes places visited on this trip.  Since the tour guide only spoke Cantonese, I didn't get as much from the trip as I wanted to, but I did get some great photo ops, as the sky was beautiful most days.

My Japanese exotic travel photos include:

  •  Hokodate - night view of coastal city, taken from cable car. 
  •  Lake Toya - To me, this was the most beautiful place we visited on the trip.  I took a lot of pictures at and before sunrise, but to me they don't do justice to the beauty I saw. 
  •  Otaru - coastal city, and favorite spot for Japanese movies, or so I was told, particularly by the river.  
  •  Sapporo - Hokkaido's largest city, which was home to the 1986 Winter Olympics.  Photos include the Olympic ski jump, pictures of the skyline from the mountain and downtown at night.
  •  Shikotsu-Toya Park and Coast - The park includes a hot sulpher spring and many walking trails (which we didn't take).  The coastal pictures were taken at a restaurant where we stopped for lunch.
  •  Other photos from Hokkaido - including some great (I think) snow scenes on our snowboarding outing and ski resort. 

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