Move over Alps, the next skiing hotspot comes from Japan
Sapporo is the place to be for snow sports and hearty Japanese comfort food.
[↑] The forests near the Furano slopes offer seemingly endless tree-skiing opportunities for adventurous souls, as long as they are up on their backcountry skiing skills and carry safety gear in case of avalanches.
[↑] Ikuko Hino washes her hands and mouth with icy water before entering a Shinto shrine. This is considered a spiritual cleansing in the ancient religion that’s still present in the everyday lives of many Japanese.
[↑] Besides the cosy atmosphere, the Robata serves freshly grilled mackerel, sizzling gyoza dumplings, and full-flavoured miso. The relaxed Japanese-style pub is particularly popular amongst the younger crowd.
Photos Mikko Nikkinen