Asahikawa Grand Hotel
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We decided to try the a Western breakfast this morning at the cafe on the 1st Floor. Robyn and Trevor were already there. We had the full breakfast. I opted for the omelette and Joseph had the fried eggs. We had soup, salad, toast, yoghurt, ham and sausages. Unfortunately, the omelette was too runny for me so Joseph had another helping of eggs.
We caught the Super-Ozora 3 from Sapporo at 8.51am to arrive in Shintoku at 11.06am. The weather forecast was ...
... curry at a place that seems to be famous for it and it was good, the lavender was already harvested and so the fields have not been anymore so colorful. Anyway on the way back we decided to spend a visit to the Asahikawa zoo, which is well reputated.
It takes an hour bus ride to get there and the zoo is on a hill nicely set, There were many people and it was quite crowded. The zoo ...
... sections of the park are each dedicated to one brewery who set up the infrastructure with tent (Bavarian Oktoberfest style), Food stalls, beer and beer, etc. At lunch we watched a number of house wifes with their children met there and had lunch together and a tower of beer for them
The Sapporo Clocktower was a nice small house in the middle of high rise buildings housing a clock that has been brought ...
... first imagined......our toes fingers and toes had gone numb, but we ventured forth.... then one of my snow shows broke....this was not going to be fun :-/......in an effort to explain my predicament i stepped forward and sunk past my waist....Ok so we need to go back....I McGuyvered the shiz-nizel out of my snow shoe as we ventured straight down through the snowdrift toward the chairlift...not realising as neither of us had been skiing that chairlifts go ...
... till fellow travelers started to blog about the beauty of Biei and why it deserved a visit on its own.
There are smaller flower farms to see along the way, but they are much smaller in scale to those in Furano. And just as touristy.