Shiretoko & Lakes in East Hokkaido

Enjoy the earliest autumn of Japan in Hokkaido

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

At the end of September two years ago, I visited Shiretoko Peninsula, a World Heritage Site in Japan.

I had made a reservation for the Shiretoko Cruise beforehand, but unfortunately the sea was rough and the cruise was canceled. To top it all off, brown bears were spotted in the area and I could only see two of the five famous lakes in Shiretoko.

However, as a 'die hard' photographer, I didn't give up easily. I changed my plans on the spot and explored the lakes in Eastern Hokkaido instead.

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose