Asahi-dake: sure there’s a mountain around here somewhere

Hello readers! I’m writing this as my train winds its way around the southern Hokkaido coast on its way from Sapporo to Hakodate, hills to our right and the sea to our left. We just passed the beautiful-looking Sapporo to Ueno (Tokyo) sleeper, a bit of a surprise as I’d been assured it had ceasedContinue reading “Asahi-dake: sure there’s a mountain around here somewhere”

The ferry to Hokkaido: a journey from Tokyo to Sapporo 

The gradual demise of sleeper trains around the world is a bugger for someone like me, who loathes flying and will do almost anything to avoid it. Up until a few months ago, you could take a sleeper from Tokyo up to Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido. But with daytime Shinkansen now making their wayContinue reading “The ferry to Hokkaido: a journey from Tokyo to Sapporo “