A stopover at the Narita Hilton. We had to slum it in the 8-room 'Royal Suite' after being upgraded!
New Chitose airport in Hokkaido. Snow
Approaching Furano by bus
Fireworks at the Furano Ice Festival
Great snow in the area. Minus 10 - 22 degrees while we were there
We haven't skied since 2003. Just like getting back on a bike
View of Tokachidake volcano from Pension Lavender
View from Pension Lavender
Taxi ride to Kamui ski-field
Brian, happy with a great day's skiing at Kamui
From the top of the gondola at Kitanomine
The four amigos at the top of Furano
Checking out Japanese restaurants in Furano. Careful of that ice!
Asahikawa Winter Festival. This whole 'building' is made of snow
Don't you wag your finger at me, young lady!
Dog crossed with sheep?
Looking for a restaurant in Asahikawa.
Asahikawa ice sculptures.
Then on to Abashiri on the north coast of Hokkaido by train.
The Deep North (short video)
Hokuten no Oka Tsuruga Resort
Sunset from the resort
Sunrise. HDR compilation of seven photos.
Next a trip on an icebreaker into the Sea of Okhotsk to see the sea ice. Seaman letting off the mooring lines.
Abishiri harbour light.
Sea ice. Fresh water from the Amur River in Russia flows down here so the sea is less saline than elsewhere.
White-tailed Sea Eagle on an ice floe.
Sea-eagle in flight