Hokkaido by Bike: Family Vacation in Rural Japan

Dan Clark and family’s ‘Ichi-go Ichi-e’ film gives a fresh perspective of Hokkaido, the Japanese island best known to foreigners for deep-powder skiing.

In Japanese, “Ichi-go Ichi-e” translates to “in this moment, there is an opportunity.” In this short film, a family of four travels to Hokkaido, Japan, on a 600-mile bike journey.

It’s the summer of 2019. The Clark family isn’t traveling to Japan in search of family-friendly resorts, high-end sushi eateries, or poolside relaxation. Rather, they head out to the quiet and serene country roads to ride bikes, camp in a tent, and eat local food.

It’s still a wonderful and relaxing vacation, just executed in a slightly different way. The family trades bustling city centers and shopping malls for mindful focus and intentional cultural exploration. The short is narrated by 9-year-old Ava Clark.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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