Hakodate in Winter

More snow than on any Christmas card!

By Peter Sidell    - 1 min read

One January I visited Hakodate and my, was it ever snowy! The whole town was covered, and while not as deep as at Lake Onuma, there was still a special atmosphere, calm but still festive.

I took in the view from the top of Mount Hakodate, popping outside for a few seconds to take pictures, then going quickly back into the warmth. It was fun to wander slowly round the town - it had to be slow, really, as it was either crunchy snow or slippery ice underfoot - breathing in the fresh winter air, then watching the mist as I exhaled.

Then when I came to leave, my flight was delayed for three hours by a snowstorm.

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Peter Sidell

Peter Sidell @peter.sidell

I came to Japan from Manchester, England in 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I'm not working, I write satire and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check YouTube for a taste.