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... measuring about 2300 meters. It's a sleepy vulcano which we didn't have to climb all the way, luckily. We drove up the mountain by car, which was a boring adventure in itself because about 4 km before the parking space we ended up in a very slow moving traffic jam. Because of the earlier mentioned short holiday and the fact that this is a popular place, the parking was full and we just had to wait for people to leave, before the next ...
... Unluckily for the others in the carriage, the gyoza smelled quite strongly of garlic, despite the fact that it was wrapped in 4 layers of plastic. Luckily, more than one window was now open due to the heat, I hope, and not the smell.
Owen and Takako had chartered a bus to take us around Biei. We went to a cheese factory but they also produced ice cream and pizza. Most of us had a try of the cheese ice cream and some had pumpkin ice cream.
... decks and windows to be able to see the animals very close or almost being in the middle of them. Unfortunately the animals were held alone, without pairs or groups, most of them mentally switched off, doing there endless rounds to have at least some escape from theri boredome.
Sad to see that this type of zoos still exist, we have zoos as well but very modern with motivated animals
... 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
... 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.