Hokkaido is like nowhere else in Japan. Most of Hokkaido was settled by the Japanese within the last 100 years, resulting in noticeably more modern architecture compared to the rest of Japan. Combine that with Hokkaido’s indigenous Ainu culture, and history as one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to the Western world, and visiting Hokkaido feels like visiting multiple destinations in one. The most interesting vistas were found in the rolling fields of Biei, which were bursting with colourful flowers, with the Daisetsu Mountains as the backdrop. It was all so reminiscent of Northern Europe that I had to keep reminding myself that I was still in Japan.
Does this look like Japan to you?!
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