You may already be familiar with Hokkaido if you are a Murakami fan

Thats where many of his characters will either dream of or travel to escape Tokyo

This is also where Murakami fans gather annually to hear the Nobel Literature Prize announcement

Murakami`s a Wild Sheep Chase`s second volume takes place in Hokkaido

It is the largest yet the least populated island of Japan with endless snow sceneries in the winter

and some of the best nature sceneries in entire Japan.

For more about nature of Japan - you can visit my Japan focused travel blog Bizarre Journeys