Trans-Hokkaido Autumn Foliage Chase

Go north on Route 38 and enjoy Japan's earliest autumn!

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

Around October 20th in 2011, I visited Hokkaido with my friends.

Although I went there three years ago, I still have a clear memory of this trip in my mind. I enjoyed the short autumn on the vast northern land. In particular, I can't forget the magnificent view of Mt. Tokachi I saw from the hills of Biei - with her head covered with snow, she was just beautiful.

We landed at Chitose Airport, drove north on Route 38 via Shimukappu, and traveled through Hokkaido. On the way back we dropped by at Monbetsu city, and returned to Chitose Airport. We traveled quite a long distance in a very short time, but like us, autumn on this northern land comes and goes very quickly! So, come quick, otherwise you'll miss it!

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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