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... three. Even more remarkably, it worked. Thanks to Martin and Yukiko, we drove about 3 hours to Obihiro and caught a flight to Tokyo putting everything back on schedule.
We landed at Haneda airport, took a bus to Narita airport, and another bus to our hotel, where I write this the night before our return flight from Tokyo Narita to Chicago O'Hare tomorrow ...
... in temps well below 4 Celsius. I wonder if it ever has to WARM the products to prevent a major soda explosion?
Took it easy for the rest of the day sorting through pictures, spent some time in photo workshop with our group leader, had dinner, and fell asleep before completing my blog for the day. Did I mention we head to the eagle watching boat at 4:45?
I should precede todays story by telling you about the planning at the tourist information centre.... we approached the lady and asked about going to the snow.....she ummed and ahhhh-ed and said "we haven't realy had any here this year" we explained we were happy to travel somewhere else for the day...she looked at her PC and finally said "OK, so if you catch the train here (circles stop on rail map) and then catch a bus for 30min there will be some ...
... directly out of the front through a large window. We transferred at Kamikawa to a local bus which took us to the onsen (spa) village of Sōunkyō. The small village was easily walkable and we dropped into the tourist information to plan of the next couple of days activities. The old Japanese couple were very friendly and gave good recommendations, but were especially funny when Jen asked about the possibility of encountering bears, of which they ...
... National Park.
Leaving Sapporo, we drove along the coast for a while and through a
few fishing villages. There were thousands of dragonflies that all
seemed to be moving in one direction (migrating perhaps?) around one
of the villages. The countryside that we drove through along the
coast was quite mountainous, but absolutely beautiful. I couldn't
take a picture of all of it because of the sheer scope of the view,