Asahikawa Grand Hotel
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... on the train as well. I thought that the pumpkin ice cream sounded a bit too weird but from all accounts, it was delicious.
We then caught a one carriage local train to Furano. That took about 90 minutes. We had to open the windows as the carriage was again, it was much too hot. Took a few photos out of the window, including that of two deer. Not the sharpest image but proof that there is wild deer in the Japanese forest. We had our gyoza lunch ...
... 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 ...
Unfortunately the weather changed to become overcast and scattered rains. So we step out at Sapporo - the 1972 winter olymic game host city - and explored the botanical garden.
As it has been raining pretty hard, some of the parts were not accessible and still damp
Anyway in the Otori Park of the city was the famous Sapporo Beer festival. We can only imagine how it is in the evening, but we had lunch there. ...
I should precede todays story by telling you about the planning at the tourist information centre.... we approached the lady and asked about going to the snow.....she ummed and ahhhh-ed and said "we haven't realy had any here this year" we explained we were happy to travel somewhere else for the day...she looked at her PC and finally said "OK, so if you catch the train here (circles stop on rail map) and then catch a bus for 30min there will be some ...
... 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.