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... cheese factory, we went to a vineyard. We were told that we had about 40 minutes or so there. Since Joseph and I are non-drinkers, we were out photographing the nearby woods instead. The wine must not have been very good as they were out pretty fast. Joseph was out in the sticks by that point. Takako said that the bus will pick us up down the road so not to rush back up the hill. I went down to where Joseph was and managed only a few shots before the bus ...
... 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 ...
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. ...
... 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.
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 ...