《NOCIWO KANTO : Ainu's Sky》

NOCIWO KANTO means "sky with stars" in Ainu. There are clouds in the sky, stars above them, nothing above them, and the world of the gods above them... What kind of landscape and starscape does Hokkaido have under such a magnificent sky?
Autumn time in Hokkaido is very short, so the remnants of summer, the colors of autumn, and the coldness of the approaching winter are all present at the same time. The nights are getting longer, and the changing of the seasons can be felt in the starry skies. The Summer Triangle shines in the western sky, the constellation Pegasus spreads its wings just above us, and the Pleiades, a small blue-white cluster of stars, rises from the eastern horizon, bringing with it the stars of winter. The snow season is almost upon us.
In February, drift ice arrives in the Sea of Okhotsk. On some days, the entire shore is covered with drift ice, while on other days, if the wind direction changes, the drift ice will move away to the horizon overnight and may not be visible at all. For travelers, seeing drift ice may be a matter of luck.
This is the beginning of a journey through the colorful scenery of Hokkaido's late autumn and the silvery white world of midwinter. Now, let's go on a journey!

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Moonlit Night in Late Autumn


Kushiro, Hokkaido

It is about 40 km from Kushiro City, passing through a national highway, then a road, then a narrow road, and finally an unpaved gravel road, at the end of which is this cape. Due to the harsh winters and strong winds, there are no large trees growing and the area is a grassy plain. The surface of the grass is so smooth that it looks like computer graphics when seen from a distance. It looks as if it could continue on to the sea, but the edge is a cliff.


Ashoro, Hokkaido

The lake is a dammed lake created by the eruption of Mt. The lake is located at an elevation of 639 meters above sea level, with Mount Meshikan and Akan Fuji looming before you. The lake is also called "Goshiki-numa" (Five Colors Swamp) because the color of the lake surface changes from moment to moment depending on the sunlight and weather conditions.


Hamanaka, Hokkaido

Originally, the place was named after a place where people used to cut thatch, but since it is often enveloped in sea mist, it came to be called Kiritabu. Nearby is Kiritabu Marsh, the fifth largest wetland in Japan, which is covered with colorful flowers from June to September.


Otobetsu, Hokkaido

The Nemuro Main Line runs through a swampy area near the beach. There is a small hill overlooking the scene. There is no signboard to guide you, and it is an inconspicuous and unassuming place, but the view you can see from there is spectacular. This must be a place that provides us with wonderful moments in every season.


Akan, Hokkaido

Lake Akan in particular is famous for its ball-shaped seaweed. Lake Akan, in particular, is famous for its marimo (ball-shaped seaweed), which forms a beautiful sphere and has been designated a special natural monument.


Teshikaga, Hokkaido

The fumarolic activity is very active, and volcanic gas and steam are gushing out from everywhere. The area around the fumaroles has a yellowish color due to the sulfur content. This sulfur content makes the soil acidic, and most plants cannot grow there. This is why the rocky surface is exposed and why it is called the "naked mountain.


Teshikaga, Hokkaido

This lake, with its extremely high transparency, is a large pool of water with no rivers flowing in or out of it. In the past, this place was known as a scenic spot, but not many people visited it, but the popularity of the popular songs of the Showa era made it famous. This is Lake Mashu in the fog. The surface of the lake is covered by the fog that accumulates in the caldera beyond the outer rim of the mountain.


Toyokoro, Hokkaido

It is a large brackish water lake located along the Pacific Ocean. Across the airstrip-like road, the kanji characters on the right are Yuto-numa and on the left is the Pacific Ocean. As the name suggests, there may still be a hot or cold spring somewhere in the area.


Betsukai, Hokkaido

Between Lake Furen and the Sea of Okhotsk, there is a thin stretch of land that looks like a tentacle. If you keep driving on the road that runs there, you will reach the tip of it. It is a marshy area, zero meters above sea level, and there is nothing man-made about it. However, it is a paradise for animals. Swans come here to overwinter, and Ezo deer also gather here to overwinter. The area around Fenglian Lake is also registered as a Ramsar site.

Silver Moonlit Night


Syari, Hokkaido

From the end of January to February, drift ice rushes in from the northern horizon. The Sea of Okhotsk is said to be the southern limit in the northern hemisphere where drift ice can land. The first day of the season when drift ice can be seen from the coast of Hokkaido is called the "first day of drift ice," and the first day it touches the shore is called the "first day of drift ice berthing. The number of days the sea is covered with drift ice is decreasing every year due to global environmental changes.


Abashiri, Hokkaido

On a cape jutting out a little into the Sea of Okhotsk, a hexagonal lighthouse painted in black and white watches over the safety of the sea. Of course, ice floes also drift here, and on some days, the entire surrounding sea is covered with ice floes.


Syari, Hokkaido

The closer we got to the ocean, the flatter the land became, with meadows stretching as far as the eye could see. The road is straight as far as it goes, but the gentle undulations of the land create an exquisite sense of perspective. Now the snow-covered meadows have turned into a silvery world, and Shari-dake is visible beyond.


Teshikaga, Hokkaido

The atmosphere of the terrain changes when it is deeply covered with snow. The low plants and trees are completely buried under the snow, and only the tall trees seem to grow in the snowfield. The lake is also completely frozen, and the snow piles up on top of it, making it seem like a white world that goes on forever.


Abashiri, Hokkaido

The coast facing the Sea of Okhotsk was covered with drift ice, and as far as the eye could see, the horizon was covered with ice. It is hard to tell where the land is and where the sea is. It seems that in the past, people used to cross this land of drift ice to get to and from Shiretoko in the shortest distance.