TRAVELS WITH NINA

is the online portfolio and journal of Australian travel writer Nina Karnikowski.

SKY NEWS: HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

SKY NEWS: HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

It’s Japan, but not as you know it. The most northerly of Japan’s four main islands, Hokkaido is the country’s wild last frontier, a place that’s famed for its untouched wilderness and abundant natural beauty. The elegant red-crowned cranes, the ice fishermen drawing catch from Furen frozen lake, the snow-shoeing along Ochiishi Cape and through the Narnia-like forests […]

HOKKAIDO: JAPAN’S LAST FRONTIER

HOKKAIDO: JAPAN’S LAST FRONTIER

Oh Hokkaido, were you even real? It’s a question I’ve found myself asking on repeat this week, as I’ve been writing up my feature on my Walk Japan journey to the most northerly of Japan’s four main islands. Surely these moments were too magical to have been anything but a dream? Watching dozens of endangered red-crowned cranes – which I’d […]

MAKING TRAVEL A PRACTICE

MAKING TRAVEL A PRACTICE

  This week, the idea of making travel sacred has been on my mind, as I’ve been slowly making my way through Phil Cousineau’s The Art of Pilgrimage. I’ve been contemplating how we transform each journey into one that actually means something, and how important bringing an element of the divine into each trip is. […]