Hamatonbetsu, Hokkaidō ~ 浜頓別町

The original version of this page can be found on the old version of this blog http://leftinfront.wordpress.com/hamatonbetsu/; it was developed from 2008 to 2009 while I was living in Hamaton. – Charlie (10 July 2012)

Hamatonbetsu is a slice of heaven with 4,000 lucky inhabitants, of which I am was (a lucky) one.  As you can see it is located in the far north of Hokkaidō, Japan’s northernmost island.  The town has summers with perfect cool weather with parties seemingly every day in August, falls with colors you Cezanne couldn’t capture, winters where everyday is a White Christmas, Tundra Swan filled Lake Kutcharo that’s a Ramsar Site and some of the best food in Japan, especially the scallops.  I’ll let you know how spring goes when I get there.

For fun the town has around five restaurants/bars, the best of which is an incredible Yakitori shack named “Junko,” maybe twelve “snacks” which is Japanese for dimly lit liquor fueld karaoke joint, 54 holes of park golf, and an onsen that’ll make you feel reborn for five bucks and sixty minutes.

Here’s a close up interactive map I created which shows my home and some other places around town:

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If you want an up to the second view of life here, look at the web cam.  (Hat tip to ケビン).

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