I spent two magical weeks in Japan during cherry blossom but the entire time I was there I didn’t see any snow. So this stunning photo of Mt Asahi-dake really captured my attention. I had no idea Japan was such a big skiing destination.
There is nothing more I love than seeing crisp white snow. I am a big kid so the first thing I want to do is create my own footprints! White fluffy clouds floating above the skyline and the sky changing colour creates a breathtaking view. Even though the photo is taken towards the sun I think this is a great capture. Read about Makenzie’s experience below.
Mt Asahi-dake, Japan from Makenzie at Chasing Coordinates
Skiing Mt Asahi-Dake
“On the search for Japan’s legendary bottomless powder, my journey took me to Mt Asahi-dake, Disetsuzan National Park in Central Hokkaido. With temperatures dropping to -17 and annual snowfall depths of 16 meters. If anywhere was going to be the place for deep pow pow, then this was it! My boyfriend and I spent the whole day exploring untouched terrain with lap after lap of perfect champagne powder.
We also had the rarity of experiencing Mt Asahi-dake on a clear day. Lunch was spent basking in the sunshine as we ate our homemade onigiri that our local Japanese host had taught us to make the night before. We decided once we had caught the last lift, we would ski tour up and around the volcano peak for a final run down. It was here that our perfect day nearly became a rescue mission.
The route we had taken suddenly disappeared and was replaced by a 100ft drop in to a deep pit. Luckily, we were able to stop in time, and after realising we were standing on the edge of an iced over waterfall, we slowly started to sidestep our way back out a now apparent ravine. We were both slightly overwhelmed with both fear and relief.
It was just after coming out of the gully that I looked up and saw this amazing landscape ahead of me. Now laughing about our close call, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of something so peaceful after nearly dropping off a cliff.” Makenzie Robson
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This week’s photo of Mt Asahi-dake comes from Makenzie Robson at Chasing Coordinates and was taken using a Panasonic Lumix G10 12-42mm lens
Makenzie is a 23 year old Ski guide currently living in Japan. She has been travelling the world slowly through her passion of skiing by doing back to back winter seasons between the northern and southern hemisphere. During the shoulder season she likes to travel in the country she has been working in and use flight connections to explore new countries. She is living her dream.
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