Japan: Daisetsuzan National Park, Sounkyo, Hokkaido

We had such a weird experience in Daisetsuzan National Park. Arriving at around 2.30pm, our hotel was empty and looking almost abandoned. Walking around the main town strip, the atmosphere felt just as empty, with only a few other people there. It was almost like being in a ghost town….

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Some wild animals apparently present in the Park. See the bears…..?

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After an equally weird lunch, served by someone who sighed and acted like he didn’t want to be there, we set off for the “Husband and Wife” waterfalls.

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I have been craving salad, so these weeds looked so much like rocket to me. I had to fight the urge to start munching on these…

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We saw some wild deers!!!! So lucky! This guy happily ate his lunch while we took numerous photos of him.

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My brother inlaw bought this bell to scare off wild bears. Apparently that’s how you do it here 😉 One of the shops nearby also blasted off some old songs in an attempt to keep the bears away.

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An old rusted bear warning sign we saw while we were hiking… I took comfort listening to the chime from the bell my brother inlaw bought. We think we saw a bear paw print during our walk…. so scary!

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We hiked for around 1hr, through muddy narrow trails. A step sideways meant you’d be on your way down the cliff……

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However, at the end of that path, you’re rewarded by this view. So beautiful and calming. In fact, during this walk, I had another epiphany, but I’ll write more on that in another post.

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When we got back to the hotel, around 6pm or so, we saw a lot more people. It was almost like the movie Spirited Away, at night, when the sun sets, the ghost of the past came back to life………….

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