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... a tourist. We found out that he is from Hong Kong and was on his way to Sapporo tonight and then to Hakodate tomorrow. I thought he didn't look Japanese and his English was way too good.
We had a pleasant chat about Japan and where we had been and gave him some advice about going to Hakodate market at 5.30am. He told us about the political unrest in Hong Kong for the past two weeks. He was a photographer and showed me his full frame Nikon camera as well ...
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 ...
... not down.. skis go down! once this was explained to us in broken english by the chairlift operator, (who resorted too walking his fingers down his arm and hen pointing at us) we tucked up our poles and shoes and wandered down the slopes much to the dismay of the junior ski team......pffffffffffffffft as they swooshed past and giggling waves as the chair lift took them back past us......i swear they were competing to see who could lap us the most amount of ...
Visited the town of Biei. Tracked down the famous tree and the less famous blue pond. The scenery was indeed somewhat photogenic. But if you only had one day, I would still recommend to head straight for Furano and bypass Biei. In fact, it is a ...