Japan: Hokkaido

A few weeks prior to the devastating March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, Anthony Bourdain and his crew set out to discover Japan's northernmost prefecture Hokkaido.

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Anthony Bourdain visits Jigokudani (aka Hell Valley), which feeds into the popular Noboribetsu Hot Spring. 960 1280

  

A beautiful wide shot of Mt Yotei, Hokkaido. 960 1280

  

Tony enjoys the onsen (hot spring) at Takinoya Ryokan. 960 1280

  

Bright lights of the Susukino district, Sapporo. 960 1280

  

Tony in the Susukino district of Sapporo. 960 1280

  

Tony arrives at Aji No Karyu for steaming bowl of ramen. 960 1280

  

A close-up shot of the crew dinner at a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). 960 1280

  

Awesome details in one of the sculptures at the Sapporo Snow Festival. 960 1280

  

Tony with friends at the Sapporo Bier Garten. 960 1280

  

The crew enjoys breakfast at Takinoya Ryokan. 960 1280

  

Tony and Megumi Sasaki, a Sapporo-born filmmaker, have a quick bite at Wakakoma before attacking the giant crab. 960 1280

  

A close-up shot of the popular ryokan footwear. 960 1280

  

Tony and Megumi Sasaki chat in the market. 960 1280

  

Tony patiently awaits dinner with Suga-san, a ryokan owner. 960 1280

  

A yummy shot of soup curry at Okushiba Shoten. 960 1280

  

Cameraman Zach Zamboni poses in front of drying fish. 960 1280

  

"Tom, Diane, Zach, my niece, Isabelle (who was studying in Japan), me in appropriate cocktail garb at our ryokan." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Accordian -- NOT my favorite instrument, by the way -- accompanying dinner at German style brewery in Sapporo, serving Mongolian BBQ! Polka anyone?" - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Crab, anyone? Monster sized crab from Hokkaido." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"One of my great passions: Yakitori. This stuff is particularly excellent." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Relaxing in the onsen with my sake caddy." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"The crew in the onsen with me." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Soba Master!" - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

"Soba Porn. You have no idea how good this is until you've had it." - Tony Bourdain 960 1280

  

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