Sounkyo Kanko Hotel
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We had about 20 minutes or so to get ready for dinner as we were meeting down in the lobby at 7.20pm. Dinner was to be in the Daimaru Building next door. We were joking that it could be down in the basement level where Owen could give us about 1000 yen for our meal. It ended up being in a nice restaurant on the 8th floor. The restaurant served only food from the Hokkaido region. We had grated daikon radish with miso, the usual soya ...
... to the top, than it is, to the top of the pyramid and that only takes like, 2hrs!" (walsh's pyramid in cairns). I was less enthusiastic as to the summit climb, having trudged through snow previously, but not wanting to dampen the spirit i followed. Needless to say, 100m or so up and about 600m of actual weaving across mountain peak in soft untouched powder.....falling over our snow shoes, knee deep in cold wet fun,.....hmmm maybe this will be ...
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 ...
... around 25 cold minutes to get through and must have been at least 4km long! On the other side we continued uphill until we realised we must have gone too far, and so free wheeled back until we found the turning to a picturesque little gorge called Obako, with a river running through it as well as fly fishermen, who impressively caught a trout whilst we watched! The cycle back to the village was much quicker as it was downhill all the way, and after ...
... 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 ...