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:
More Hamatonbetsu Web Resources:
- Town’s Official Website
- A Hamatonbetsu, Hokkaido Reflection – From ケビン’s blog, where I found out about the webcam.
- Wing Onsen Video – From “Hokkaido the Land of Hot Springs.”
- Wikipedia Entry in English – Quite bad.
- Wikipedia Entry in Japanese – Better, but in Nihon-go.
- Wikipedia Entry in Japanese Translated into English – Better, but while Google Translate is amazing, she’s not perfect.
- A book written by a writer who farms about the Korpokkur people, who apparently lived in Hokkaido before the Ainus: Light of Love, Forever.