For the previous post on this subject, see here.
I started my new job at a Wildlife Research Centre in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. This organisation is unique in that it works in both conservation and eco-tourism, the tours providing funding for the conservation side (along with few local grants). Nowhere else in the world is this being done, at least not to the same extent as here.
There's an e-Book version of this article which is more visually friendly, available for a small cost which will help fund my writing. Links below:
After all the talk about gentle countryside towns and isolated spots, you may be thinking, wait, what?!! You're in a city now?!!
Unlike my sunny escapade in Biei, my single night in Furano was a miserable drizzle. Here, I also chose a park to camp in, again for the reason that there wasn't really any other option for camping unless I had a vehicle to drive to a campsite or Michi no eki (the ones in this area weren't accessible by foot or public transport).