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... few interesting thing there including some rather nice Japanese cups. They were also extremely expensive and way past my budget. Besides, I couldn't carry anymore in my luggage and we are running out of cash. Time to bring out the credit card. I have only used the credit card for the hotels in Kawasaki and Tachikawa as well as for the chopsticks that I bought from Daimaru yesterday.
It was a one carriage train again but there was a waiting room full ...
In the morning it was still raining and the clouds hanging low. No point to go on a mountain when you cannot see anything
So we decided to visit the lavender fields and town in Furano closed by. There farms that grow lavender - and for once not rice fields or soy beans - and those are attractions to Japanese tourists. There is a local train line going there which came handy
We ate at ...
... 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 ...
... 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.