I got very worried that we wouldn’t see any bears in Hokkaido, it was on the very last day of the holiday that luck struck us! There crossing the road in front of us was a bear and two large cubs! It was like being a kid again, the excitement in the car was vibrating! I only had my 35mm lens with me as my long lenses were packed away in the boot! I did the best I could until the bear was so close I had to close the window for safety and then I heard a loud shout from behind us and there was two rangers, rifles in hand and moving the bears on to keep them safe. I couldn’t believe how lucky we had been to see them. They are amazing animals, with such a softness to them even though they are so dangerous.
That afternoon we had a bear spotting boat trip planned. It was a wonderful trip, I wish I had done one the day we arrived in Shiretoko because I would have done it more than once, the scenery from the boat is beautiful, its wild and almost completely untouched. It is great to see the bears from the boat, they are in their natural environment, safe and happy.
Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan, I miss you already.