Sounkyo Kanko Hotel
Travel Blogs from Kamikawa-cho
The highlight is definitely the sake testing. The non premium sake tasting Is free. The few premium sake they do charge a nominal fee. For 150 yen, I tasted a full to the brim cup of the most expensive premium sake. Which we eventually bought. Think it was about 5940 yen. When compared side by side, the difference in quality was ...
... massive ones stuffed in the centre itself and we read were the biggest in the world! The lady pointed all over the mountain map we'd just been studying saying 'bear, bear, bear...!' and then when we asked what to do the man jumped up and down and the lady covered her head and went into a ball - most amusing! Next stop was our Youth Hostel, where we were very pleased to find the free YHA cards we'd got at Tokyo airport shaved Y1000 each off the ...
... to capture on my camera. We drove through a
large agricultural region afterwards, which had many cute-looking
scarecrows (there are a shitload of crows in the places I've been so
far!). We took a quick pit stop just outside of Asahikawa and grabbed
a snack at a mini-market.
Shortly after our pit stop, we arrived in Asahikawa. We had a hard
time finding parking because we weren't really sure where we could
park until we passed ...
... synonymous with lavender in Japan, also found themselves having to give up lavender in favor or rice for some time, until the tourist draw of the purple fields redeveloped the plants' worth.
Now, lavender essence is almost an afterthought, incorporated into souvenirs, and many of the fields are left to bloom, rather than be harvested for oil production. Since it's the thing to do, I got up early today to try to beat the crowds at Farm Tomita in ...
... skied there a couple of times so it was kind of weird to be driving on the same road I snowboarded on.
Lake Shikaribetsu was really calm this night. Sure it rained and poured a bit but both before and after that, the reflection of the mountains was beautiful. If you think the perfect image of a foggy mountain lake at night, this was it.
We had burgers, hot dogs, real cheese, chips and dip, ...