Snow Country 雪国 | Travel Video | Japan (Hokkaido / Tohoku)
Today was supposed to be the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, instead it is the first time ever that the games have been postponed. Let us hope that one year from now the Summer Olympics will go ahead as planned, marking our common victory over coronavirus.
I filmed this video on my last trip to Japan and edited it in quarantine. With the virus still raging in many parts of the world, summer vacation abroad is out of question for most people; as an alternative, I encourage you to consider travelling in winter, when the pandemic will hopefully be over with. If you like snow, festivals and beautiful nature, I cannot recommend enough visiting the Tohoku region or Hokkaido anytime between December-February. Some of the places featured in the travelogue include: Nyuto onsen, Sakata, Tsuruoka, Dewasanzan, Shikaribetsuko, Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate, Tsugaru-Goshogawara, Hirosaki, Sendai, Zao onsen, Kakunodate, Yokote, Tokamachi and Echigo-Yuzawa, the latter being the source of inspiration for Kawabata Yasunari’s novel Snow Country after which this video was titled.
Have you been to Japan in winter, spring, summer, or autumn? What is your favorite season? Let me know in the comments below.
Watch in high res here: https://youtu.be/53Dd2zdtYEs