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Amazingly beautiful, well organized and the landscapes are like pieces of art.
To get a good idea how agriculture looks in Hokkaido and how similar it looks like agriculture in the Netherlands, hover over our logo at the top left of your browser window and scroll with your mouse wheel. Compare that image with the picture below.
A birds eye of Dutch agriculture, which is very simular like the agriculture in Hokkaido
Agriculture plays a large role in Hokkaido's economy. One fourth of Japan arable land is located on the island.
It ranks first in Japan in the production of a host of agricultural products, including wheat, soybeans, potatoes, sugar beet, onions, pumpkins, corn, raw milk, beef and many other, even, exotic products.
22% of Japan forests are located in Hokkaido, which are full with wildlife like deer and bears. Regularly you see road signs like be aware of deer and be aware of bears.
Where ever you are in Hokkaido, you see an enormous variety of products being cultivated all around in a beautiful setting
Just seeing the different products growing side by side, you realize how serious crop rotation is taken on the island.
A farm in Hokkaido.
A farm in Hokkaido.
A farm in Hokkaido.
This was a first for me, rice and onions cultiviated side by side.
Three different products side by side
Driving from the west to the east you go through a mountain range with beautiful woods. I asked my host what those red and white arrows meant.
They point at the side of the road in times of snow.
Siberia north of Hokkaido, in August.
Hokkaido is Japans coldest region that has relative cool summers (I was there beginning of August in the middle of a heatwave with 34 °Celsius) and icy and snowy winters.
In winter temperatues can come down to minus 15 ° Celsius, specially when the wind comes roaring in from the north.
When you walk around in a heatwave in a Hokkaido summer, you don't realize that Western Siberia is at one and a half hour flight to the north, with a barren desolate landscape.
Flying from Amsterdam to Tokyo, you fly hours over western Siberia, which is a very barren but impressive landscape and must be extremely cold during winter.
Lake Mashū is a endorheic crater lake formed in the caldera of a potentially active volcano. It is located in Akan National Park on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. The lake has been called the clearest lake in the world. See: Wikipedia
Even in the lowlands of Hokkaido, the side of the roads are indicated by arrow., in case of snow.
When you first come to Japan, the food is rather confusing, because you cannot read the menu, even when the menu comes with pictures of the dishes, they look so different as we in the west are used to, that even de images don't help much.
But just follow the advice from the locals and you can rest assured you will eat one delicious dish after another. The food is extremely good in Japan.
Yes, the chop sticks are a kind of hazzle in the beginning, but after a couple of days you get the hang of it. And if you are getting in trouble with your chop sticks with a certain dish, you can always ask fork and a knife, which will be given to you immediately, but with a big grin.
Beside the fact that the food is great, I must point out the exquisite serve you get everywhere and how clean all establishments are.
Japan is probably the cleanest country I ever visited, not a paper on the ground. There are no garbage bins, everybody is supposed to take his garbage home. As a smoker I did't dare to throw a cigarette but on the streets. That is looked at very badly.
Eating Soba Noodles at a roadside restaurant in Hokkaido.
The best Sushi I have ever eaten is a the Izakaya restaurant in Kitami-shi.
Nightfall in Hokkaido near the Memanbetsu Airport
Onions ready to be harvested.