Hokkaido is A Gem

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

This is the ski season, and everyone in Japan is enjoying skiing in Hokkaido. Niseko is one of the most popular skiing sites and lots of Australians come to enjoy the powder snow. Today’s temperature at Niseko is max. at 15F and minimum at 10F. The snow fall from this morning was 3.5 inches. In January it received so far 3.8 feet of snow. The 2016/2017 season accumulation by now is 13 feet. Great accomplishment.

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fish lunch making





Shiretoko 5 lake waling





Need a good vacation in early summer? Do you like Japan? Do you like nature? Do you like hot spring? Do you like good food from ramen to soba noodles, Kaiseki (formal meal), good sushi and wagyu barbecue? Would you like to challenge on soba (backwheat noodle) making in the heart of the backwheat growing region? Do like to canoe early in the morning at quiet and beautiful lake? Do you like to walk in the UNESCO registered National Park which is a home to a Japanese brown bear, the largest bear in the world, and active volcano? Do you like to visit a local fish market to see just caught very fresh regional fish which you have never seen before? Do you want to listen to the music and story of Ainu people – the indigenous population of Hokkaido?

There are many more wonderful experiences you will have in Hokkaido with Hiroko, 2017. Join me Hokkaido with Hiroko: May 25 – June 6, 2017. It is a unique tour combining the best of natural, cultural and culinary worlds of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. This is the second year of Hokkaido with Hiroko operation. The group that joined Hokkaido with Hiroko 2016 enjoyed it thoroughly as you can see from the photos. Contact: Hiroko Shimbo: hiroko@hirokoskitchen.com/ 212-727-3085. There are 2 spaces left.