Purple Magic

Hokkaido-- Largest and northern most island of Japanese archipelago is famous for agriculture. The flora and fauna is different than the rest of the Japan. Even the culture is very different. I visited Hokkaido mainly for hiking. If you have read my previous blog about Mt. Tokachi (Climbing the Unknown) you may relate to this [...]


Climbing the unknown

Mountains are calling and I must go. That's a famous quote by John Muir. But what if you can't see who's calling you? What if you go all the way up to 2077m and see nothing? Is visibility, scenery, view from the top so important? Is walking in the unknown so scary? Or you just [...]

Mt Asahi, Hokkaido

Starting with one of my favorite hikes in Japan. Mt Asahi or Asahidake (旭日岳). An active volcano part of Daisetsuzan Volcanic group. This majestic beast is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido with the elevation of 2,291 meters. Total time- 6 to 8 hours Difficulty level- Moderate (Elevation gain- 1110mt) Access- Take a bus to Asahi-Dake Onsen from [...]