Fujita Kanko Washington Hotel Asahikawa
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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 ...
... US during the 19th century
Carried on to Asahikawa, where we have had another beer festival at the station. The weather was now definitely turing into rain. This ruined our plan to climb Asahidate an active volcano and we planned for next day another excursion
Thanks to the lady at the tourist information we found an excellent restaurant close by the hotel. Original Japanese food and we enjoyed very much
... i quickly turned back.....that will be fine! So the morning of our snow day I woke to sam looking at me....."we're going to see snow today! :D" we dressed for the cold and headed for the train. 1.5 hrs of Shinkansen north to a little village, a 30 min bus trip as promised, deep into a volcanic gorge..... sheer cliffs and snow capped peaks.... small piles of half melted snow...yep right direction...... then we headed through a tunnel and popped out on ...
... 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.