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We said our goodbyes to those who are left and went back to the hotel to pack. We will be meeting at the station at 11.10am for the train to Chitose Airport. Our flight is at about 2pm and we get into Narita Airport at 3.40pm. We will be catching the 4.50pm or 4.55pm bus to Tachikawa to meet up with Norzin and Shigeki for dinner. It will be Norzin's birthday tomorrow but she offered to cook, which was a bit too much to ask. We decided on the Korean BBQ again.
... 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
... side of the mountain....... frosty, eat your heart out. This onsen village was covered in the white stuff!!!! we hopped out and wandered through the village.... nope not enough yet! we boarded a cable car up the mountain.....15 min of dangling excitement and breathtaking views to the look out..... we got out at the station (station 5) it was warm... and whats this.........a rental shop.......ok so we were short on time and had missed the beginnings of ...
... 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.