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Japan Far North: Day 8 (Sarufutsu Town to Horonobe)

Posted on Aug 18, 2013

Posted on Aug 18, 2013

Mercifully, it was not raining when we woke in the morning. It was still windy though, coming from the south…the direction we wanted to travel. We generally started off in a sour-ish mood this morning; there was the headwind, the store close to the campground had a woefully scant selection of food items, and we were not sure where (or if) we could get lunch between here and our destination of Horonobe Town, 70km away. And then, there was the scenery. Or lack thereof.

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By the prevalence of wind-powered turbines, it was evident wind is not a rare phenomenon here.

Lots of wind power plants in northern Hokkaido, JapanI would really like to get back here in mid-winter. All along the road new snow-drift barriers were being erected. Easier to stop snow drifts getting onto the road than to clear them off…

Public road works, adding blizzard guards along the roads for winter (near Sarufutsu, Hokkaido, Japan)Easily the highlight of the day, which ended up being a long 87km, almost 20km further than we had anticipated (due to a closed road), was a massive reindeer farm just out of Horonobe. Apparently they are farmed for their meat.

Reindeer farm near Horonobe, Hokkaido, JapanHoronobe town was an interesting place. The town itself seemed almost deserted. We headed downtown, and got an amazing meal – much more than both of us could eat – for what seemed like pennies. It almost felt like Turkimenistan felt; lots of wealth but not many people…a strange place indeed.

The campground – the Horonobe Furusato no Mori Campground – was nice enough. Free to camp, with very basic long-drop toilets, but a covered outdoor kitchen area. A short 5 minute walk had us at the local public baths. Once again a treat on this trip was the proximity of public baths or hot springs to the campsites.

Horonobe Furusato no Mori Campground (Horonobe Town, Hokkaido, Japan)

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GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.