Hotel Mates Asahikawa
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... a view of the valley from there. We didn't stay long as a whole bus load of other tourists descended. The tour guide had to blow a whistle in a shrill Morse code type signal to help the driver reverse into the parking spot. That sent Owen into hysterics as our driver did it all by himself without any help from anyone.
We returned to Biei Station to catch the train to Asahikawa. We went to have a look at the Information Centre/souvenir shop. It had ...
... 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
... explained that sam had never seen snow as we were from australia. the lovely lass smiled, nodded and said "ahhhh, yes" borefore looking to sam and looking forlorn "Im very sorry there will only be about eighty centre-meters." M: I'm sorry did you say eighty? as in eight zero? or eighteen as in one, eight? "Oh no,.... eighty!....we haven't had much snow this year!!!!" at this point i looked at sam...the look in her eye could only be described as ...
... 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.