Hotel Paco Asahikawa
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... and all was good. They had been doing a little shopping for our return journey to Sapporo.
Some of the kids were kind enough to give up their seats for us for the 30 minute trip Asahikawa. Lyn, Narelle and I were in the seat next to and opposite a young man. He was sound asleep as we, especially Joseph, tend to do. He did eventually wake up and Lyn asked him if it was after school hours with the kids going home. He said that he wasn't local and ...
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 ...
... 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
... to the top, than it is, to the top of the pyramid and that only takes like, 2hrs!" (walsh's pyramid in cairns). I was less enthusiastic as to the summit climb, having trudged through snow previously, but not wanting to dampen the spirit i followed. Needless to say, 100m or so up and about 600m of actual weaving across mountain peak in soft untouched powder.....falling over our snow shoes, knee deep in cold wet fun,.....hmmm maybe this will be ...
... 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.