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... well that and the Japanese under 12 team appeared to be here made us opt for some snow shoes and insulated wellies! we stepped outside and trudged across the clearing.....sam determined to get as close to the summit as possible......Lo behold whats this a chairlift....don't mind if we do!!!!!!! at this point we were some 1600+ meters above sea level with approx 1-1.5m of snow on the ground at station 7 and sam was determined! "its less than half ...
... 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.
The highlight is definitely the sake testing. The non premium sake tasting Is free. The few premium sake they do charge a nominal fee. For 150 yen, I tasted a full to the brim cup of the most expensive premium sake. Which we eventually bought. Think it was about 5940 yen. When compared side by side, the difference in quality was ...
... of running into bears did cross my mind a few times. It didn't help that there were no other trekkers that we could see or hear.
After reaching the 7th station, we enthusiastically started on the hike to the peak or the 9th station. This adrenaline rush was quickly overtaken when I realise that the trek up was not going to be a walk in the park! The climb was steep and the stones had to be stepped ...
We under allocated our time for this. Had assumed it to be a mere 'touch and go' photography opportunity. It turns out to be a nice activity which warrants at least 1 hour to properly take in the magnitude and awe inspiring sight of these sunflowers. The sunflowers are planted in a 'maze'. Which means there is no easy way to navigate out. Frustrating for those short on time. But it is after all intended for an immersive ...
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