Though which one to be fair…

There are thousands of mountains jutting up across the island of Hokkaido, punctuated by deep blue caldera lakes, hot springs, and live volcanoes. With Niseko at its nucleus, this ‘resort’ town has been burgeoning for over 20 years, now playing host to multiple Michelin-starred restaurants. World famous for its quality of snow, if your idea of ‘active-relaxation’ doesn’t involve hurtling yourself down the mountain at breakneck speed, there are other ways to get out amongst it…


“Hokkaido is a pristine wilderness and a photographer’s paradise”

Originally from Australia, Aaron Jamieson arrived in Niseko for a season to follow up on a whisper of a rumour of a powder-snow haven, and never left. Aaron’s a professional photographer and after 12 years living in Hokkaido, a committed local resident who loves to explore and share his passion for photography and Hokkaido with visitors every year. As well as shooting for many international clients – Australian Geographic, Park Hyatt, ROXY – which gives him great diversity in his day to day job,  he also runs photography workshops in Niseko and more broadly across Hokkaido.

Aaron’s Niseko workshops are half day mini explorations of his back yard and encompass the best and most photogenic locations in the region. You’ll start with a morning of chat/theory (depending on your level) and then head out for a few hours of shooting and exploring the amazing surrounds of Niseko. This is the best way to explore one of Hokkaido’s most iconic locations whether it is views to the ever present Mt Youtei or the bubbling coloured hot springs of the natural onsens in the hidden corners of the area. 

Aaron’s Hokkaido workshops are 6 day adventures across Hokkaido and take some of the most incredible locations that Aaron has discovered in over a decade of exploration there. They are targeted towards both entry-level enthusiasts and expert photographers with guiding and tuition to suit. He runs these seasonally with one in Winter, Summer and Autumn. Each season has a beautiful and unique reason to explore whether it’s the sea ice, incredible and rare wild life or the autumnal foliage, Hokkaido is a pristine wilderness and a photographer’s paradise.

Photography by Aaron Jamieson 

Surfer Richie Carroll

Kiwi snowboarder Ben Comber