Makoto Ando was born in Sapporo Hokkaido in 1964 and has lived in the village of Tsurui for 25 years.
While running his wilderness lodge accommodation, Hickory Wind, Makoto Ando works as a guide taking guests the Kushiro Marshlands providing information and stories about the Kushiro Marsh from a variety of perspectives.
He also takes guests to Alaska USA once a year in winter to see bald eagles and a variety of other wildlife.
Makoto Ando is a lover of nature and music. He occasionally holds music concerts at his lodge and has had many guest performers including Geoff Muldour and Amos Garett.
・Owner & Nature Guide at Hickory Wind
・Nikon Professional Service Member
・Professional Support Guide of Swarovski Optik Corporation
・A certified professional Hokkaido outdoor master guide
・A recognized Hokkaido Japanese crane(tancho) support ranger
・A Shiretoko volunteer guide and ranger
・A certificate holder from the Environmental Education Program “Project Wild”
・Owner Chef at Hickorywind
・Slow food friends Hokkaido,Slow food international member.
She is co-founder of Hickorywind.She organize healthy organic dining for customers everyday.
People come from all over the world to eat her dishes, especially ,the Okayu,Japanese rice porridge, it is the fan favorite at Hickorywind.
If you order Japanese food,she will cook for you.
Her relaxed natural style and her soul are specialities,she has many repeat guests.
She loves to eat delicious food and she loves slow life.
She doesn’t bark much.It was onece she barked to cow in neighborfood. She comes from city so she was surprised at first time when she come back to us that was adorable.
It’s been almost 4years.She is a grand mother now.She is really calm and adorable she gives us happiness everyday.
She is a part of member of Hickorywind.
・Hickorywind ’s lovery pet.
My life has changed. I came to Hickorywind as an intern to be a nature guide.I go into the mountain with a pair of field glasses and birds book after a professional photographer and my master nature guide.I never thought this life style.Only crime the mountain was my experience.I just go up to the mountain then I was satisfaction to see the beautiful view until I met Mr.Makoto Ando then he thought me how to learn about nature watch.
I never met like Makoto Ando,he is a great guiterist as a bruceman,he ride on a bike,of course he is the specialist about outdoor nature guide.
Makoto Ando said ,I am a bear.At first I was laughing but recently I thought it may not a joke.He said many kinds of flower’s name,trees name ,bird’s name in 2seconds.He can find a bear over hundred meters.He might be a bear..
It was first time to saw the beautiful photos of stars,northern lights and beautiful animals,then I cried. It was a slide show and speech of “Makoto Ando’s World”.
I pleaded with him to be a member of Hickorywind.I realized what I wanted to do is take a photograph of beaurtiful stars and If I could my dream is to take a photograph of northern lights.
I’ve been leaning lot of things in Hickorywind,it’s not just about photography ,it’s about life,kindness,respect,importance of what you eat.
I will try harder what I can do for the world peace and protecting nature in the earth.
I am an Earth Photographer and I’m ready to go to the world.
I met to my mentor when he had a speech called “Makoto Ando’s World” in 2014 ,then I asked to him to be an assistant and learn about what is the professional work and philosophy of life.
He is the “real” ,I’ve been learning lot of things and I changed my mind about life.
I’m going to be a top of the world as a video creater,I will try harder and harder.
“North to the Future”
Welcome to the wilderness lodge called Hickory Wind!
People all of ages from all over the world.
Come and enjoy the adventure at the lodge.
We offer wild range of activities including conueing,guided nature walks ,slow food, music live and boubon .
Enjoy the friendly relaxed atmosphere in our lodge, enjoy the live music , swap the stories at the bar
The lodge is surrounded by untouched wilderness.
Home to variety of wildlife including ,foxes,deers.Japanese cranes in winter.
Located in a heart of east hokkaido world famous wilderness area,surrounded by national park , (close to or in )Shiretoko, Akan.
We have exclusive access to several restricted areas.