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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 ...
... name is Hiroto and came all the way from Tokyo by train.
On our way to Biei, where the Blue Pond is, we got surprised by the ocean of flowers on the side of the road. The colours of the flowers are so bright and go in waves over the hill. Of course I take some pictures and I would love to stay here and watch the flowers all day, but there are so many other things we will see today.
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... and has several beautiful landmarks which we went to visit during the weekend. When we were trying to find the way to a nice small hostel we actually found a cheese factory in the middle of the forest. After a better look it seems that they are even more specialized than only cheese. They have also a pizza factory and a ice cream factory. We decided that the pizza definitely needs to be tasted. And Momo is eager to have a taste of the ...
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
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Unfortunately the weather changed to become overcast and scattered rains. So we step out at Sapporo - the 1972 winter olymic game host city - and explored the botanical garden.
As it has been raining pretty hard, some of the parts were not accessible and still damp
Anyway in the Otori Park of the city was the famous Sapporo Beer festival. We can only imagine how it is in the evening, but we had lunch there. ...