JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Lake Toya (East) 洞爺湖(壮瞥町)
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If you want to bicycle around Lake Toya, do it in the counterclockwise direction from Toyako Onsen where you can rent a bicycle. It's easier slope-wise and you can see the lake better on the left side of the road.205 views
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Swan nesting. Photos continue here as I head to northern Lake Toya...184 views
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Eastern Lake Toya, with Mt. Usu in the distance.171 views
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Swans along Lake Toya, Sobetsu, Hokkaido169 views
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Lake Toya and cherry blossoms. Shikotsu-Toya National Park144 views
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Sobetsu Falls, Lake Toya, Hokkaido.132 views
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Mt. Usuzan Ropeway. I visited Showa-Shinzan and Mt. Usu on the next day. More photos of Mt. Usu here.127 views
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These pictures show what you will see when you cycle east from Toyako Onsen. I did it during cherry blossom time in early May. You can cycle around in 3 hours, but it took me all day due to sightseeing and shooting photos.100 views
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Sculpture: 奥山喜生「回峰」97 views 
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Cherry blossoms95 views
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View of the Nakajima islands from eastern Lake Toya.95 views
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Sculpture: 秋山沙走武「薫風」93 views
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Aqua-blue water was almost like a tropical ocean...88 views
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Sculpture at Kimundo-no-Ie: Winter: When Stars Fall, by 小野寺紀子「冬~星降る夜に」. A persistent problem is the bird droppings forming ugly white streaks on the pieces. Someone should clean it.88 views
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Sculpture: 秋山沙走武「薫風」87 views
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Cherry blossoms and sculpture86 views
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Sculpture: 中井延也「シグナル」86 views  
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The water is very transparent.85 views
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Sculpture at Kimundo-no-Ie: Spring Winds Blowing, by 熊谷紀子「春~風走る」83 views
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Sculpture at Kimundo-no-Ie: All-Day Autumn, by 秋山知子「秋~終日」82 views
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Rocky shore81 views
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Sculpture in Toyako Enchi Park: Ripple Dance, by 関 正司「漣舞・リップル・ダンス」80 views
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Little island in the lake. Name unknown.80 views
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Sculpture at Kimundo-no-Ie: Spring Winds Blowing, by 熊谷紀子「春~風走る」80 views
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Eastern Lake Toya, with Mt. Usu in the distance.79 views
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It was pretty sunny, but I still used flash for this shot.78 views
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Cherry trees almost in full bloom.78 views
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Toyako Enchi Park, a lakeside picnic area.78 views
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Love this transparent water. Makes you feel like canoeing or kayaking to the Nakajima islands.77 views
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Sculpture: 峯田敏郎「記念撮影五月のかたち」76 views
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Finally, cherry blossoms near the lake water...76 views
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Sculpture: Scene of a Portrait, by 湯川 隆「肖像のある風景」76 views
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Cherry blossoms and the Nakajima islands.75 views
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Sculpture: Posing for a Photo in May, by 峯田敏郎「記念撮影五月のかたち」75 views
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Nice cycling path goes quite far.75 views
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Sculpture: Ripple Dance, by 関 正司「漣舞・リップル・ダンス」75 views
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Sculpture: Scene of a Portrait, by 湯川 隆「肖像のある風景」75 views
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Carp, they must love this clean lake.74 views
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Windsor Hotel in the distance.73 views
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One thing I like about photographing human-figure sculptures is that they are very good at keeping still for my camera.72 views
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Road to Mt. Showa-Shinzan.72 views
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Sculpture at Kimundo-no-Ie: To the Shore in Summer, by 神田比呂子「夏~渚へ」72 views
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Steaming Mt. Showa-Shinzan. More photos of Mt. Showa-Shinzan here.71 views
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Cherry blossoms and Lake Toya with the Nakajima islands.71 views
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I left the lakeside road and took a side trip to the center of Sobetsu town.71 views
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After pushing my bicycle up the long slope from central Sobetsu, I went back on the lakeside road and again went uphill to Sobetsu Park, famous for ume plum trees.71 views
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Kimundo-no-Ie Hot Spring and campsite.71 views
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Close-up of cherry blossoms. Doesn't look like the Somei-Yoshino type.70 views
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Carp fish70 views
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Eastern Lake Toya, with pretty lake colors.70 views
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This river leads to Sobetsu Falls.70 views
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More arrows point downward to show where the road edge is, when there is deep snow.70 views
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Passed by two small Shinto shrines...70 views
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Beef69 views
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View of Nakajima islands from eastern Lake Toya.69 views
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Swan boat too.68 views
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Arrows point downward to show where the road edge is, when there is deep snow.68 views
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The main reason for the side trip was this museum, the Yokozuna Kitanoumi Memorial Hall, dedicated to one of sumo's greatest grand champions. He was from Sobetsu.68 views
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Sobetsu Town Hall with a G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit welcome sign.68 views
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More cherry blossoms...67 views
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Lakeside road on eastern Lake Toya.67 views
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Kimundo-no-Ie Hot Spring and campsite office. You can bath in a hot spring for 390 yen here. Open 10 am - 9 pm. Closed Thu. Phone: 0142-66-7022 来夢人の家、仲洞爺湖温泉66 views
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Another red torii.65 views
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