One of the advantages of living in Niseko year-round is the stunning and ever changing scenery. This couldn’t be truer for the icon of Niseko, Mount Yotei-zan. Mount Yotei – literally, sheep-hoof mountain, is an inactive stratovolcano located in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Hokkaido, Japan. It is also called Ezo Fuji, Ezo being an old name for the island of Hokkaido, because it resembles the more famous Mount Fuji.
With an elevation of 1,898 m (6,227 ft) Mt Yotei stands tall on the horizon and collects weather like the back bowls collect powder. It is not uncommon for the top 1/3rd to be hidden by cloud and in winter the whole mountain can remain hidden from view for days or even weeks on end.
I love shooting landscapes and I have found I can always make a beautiful image featuring Mt Yotei regardless of the conditions and sometimes even the most challenging days can produce the most beautiful images.
Below is a selection of Mount Yotei shots taken over the last 12 months. Enjoy