There were many reasons to head north this summer to Hokkaido. The heat and humidity of Tokyo drove us out as did the lure of the beauty of this northern island. Our friend, Ryan, had told us of the many wonders to be found there and suggested we come up for a camping trip. It took less than a second to agree to go.
We spent eight days backcountry camping and hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park. Japan's first and largest national park, Daisetsuzan contains a wide variety of landscapes, flora, and fauna. While we didn't see any bears, we took in many of the other delights of the park. Following is a sampling of our photos along with some interesting links.
Great links about Daisetsuzan National Park
Ryan has been wandering and photographing the park for more than five years now, and his library of images is awe-inspiring. He led us on a series of hikes that showed us some of the many facets of this incredible place.
The Wikitravel guide for the park is informative, of course, and offers some good hints as does the Wikipedia entry. However, we found that Ryan's page and this extensive article were more informative.
This web page offers some useful links for exploring the park, and the series of pdf's listed here was very informative and useful for getting a feel for the park.