Had to be Wakkanai!!
Whenever I say I spent a long week end in Wakkanai, everyone stares at me and finds it a weird choice but this remains among my best memories and experiences
We have been there in November, already very cold, at the top North of Japan, very windy and snowy, 0 tourists there, it is the very end of the train lines, the very last stop with only 2 trains a day to Sapporo (4 hours). No Konbini there, 0 branded shops (no zara, no maruetsu, no starbucks, no don quijote etc), only 1 cash dispenser in a bank that does not accept any other card than the bank!! you get stuck with no cash very quickly.
What did I love there?
- The truly genuine people, their faces looking close to Eastern Russians,
- The calm, you hear the silence, you watch the cold sea back and forth,
- The northernmost point of Japan,
- The deers in the streets,
- The shops all written in Russian,
- The fish market with amazingly big produce, never seen crabs that size, the quality of fish, we had a blast.
- The fact that you reset there and stop thinking in terms of speed, and accessibility, you review your priorities and I concede life in Wakkanai must be tough.
- The nature
Highly recommended for an experience in Japan that is definitely and uniquely different