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Honey Moon: Day 5 Night

SAPPORO KORAKUEN HOTEL --> 狸小路 --> underground shopping mall --> SAPPORO KORAKUEN HOTEL

overcast 3 °C

Tonight will be our free and easy night. We are free to roam about Sapporo, provided we do not get lost.

After loading our luggage, we have to rush down to meet our tour guide. Most of us went out, except the other young couple (they have their own plans).

This hotel has a rather square structure. All the rooms are at the sides, and at the centre of the building, it is empty (except some Christmas deco). Here is a photo of the building, taken from the bottom.

Inner design of SAPPORO KORAKUEN HOTEL

Inner design of SAPPORO KORAKUEN HOTEL

Lighting along the building

Lighting along the building


Our hotel group name

Our hotel group name


Plaza 109

Plaza 109


Night Street ard Sapporo

Night Street ard Sapporo

Tonight, the weather is not as cold as the previous one. It could be due to various reasons such as 1) this is a city area, 2) haven't reach the real winter period, 3) it happened to be warmer for tonight.

Our tour guide drop us somewhere at the departmental store streets where we had our dinner in the first night. After that, we are free to roam about the city at our own pace. I can't remember where is this location where I found the Hello Kitty, but I supposed should be the departmental store.

Kawaii Hello Kitty Undergarment

Kawaii Hello Kitty Undergarment

Don't ask how come no photo during our shopping. Hahaha..

For our dinner, we went back to 狸小路 to eat the recommended ramen by our tour guide.

Our dinning location

Our dinning location


Two bowls of ramen

Two bowls of ramen


Small appetizer

Small appetizer

We found a shop that sell fish pan cake. And since we are unable to communicate with the seller, we just get the white one. It turn out to be milk flavour, which not to his preference. So, I have the full fish to myself. Ho Ho Ho!

Eating a fish shape pan cake at 狸小路商店街

Eating a fish shape pan cake at 狸小路商店街

And since he is not eating the pan cake, he decided to have an ice cream. Cold cold cold.

Ice cream eater spotted!

Ice cream eater spotted!

Finally, it is time to sleep...
Our bedroom

Our bedroom

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Honey Moon: Day 5 Day

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (登别地狱谷) --> Nijo Market --> Hokkaido Jingu (北海道神宮) --> Miyanomori (宫之森) --> Shiroi Koibito Park (白色恋人公园) --> 狸小路

sunny 6 °C

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (登别地狱谷)

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (地狱谷)

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (地狱谷)


Noboribetsu Jigokudani (地狱谷)

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (地狱谷)

After our breakfast, we proceed to the nearby Jigokudani to experience "Hell on Living World". At the entrance of the toilet, they have the red and blue guards (not sure of the naming yet). It is similar to Chinese Hell Guards.

The toilet

The toilet

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (地狱谷)

Noboribetsu Jigokudani (地狱谷)

At the bridge

At the bridge

Look at the smoke in the air, it is invisible in front. And the place smells of sulfur... I only managed to walk halfway into the valley, since we are rushing for time. My Dear refused to walk further in. Haha, cuz it is really... very smellllllyyyyyy!

So scary~

So scary~

Very sulfur smell

Very sulfur smell

Asahi Hokkaido Brewery

Asahi Hokkaido Brewery

Asahi Hokkaido Brewery

Although it is still in the afternoon, we are going for a drink! Asahi is one of a famous beer in Japan. They showed us a short clip about Asahi in a mini theater. After the short clip, we are invited to have a glass of Asahi beer in their canteen. They have also provided small snacks, such as rice cracker, cheese sausages to go with the beer.

Doggy soft toy in Asahi

Doggy soft toy in Asahi


GLASS UP! CHEERS!

GLASS UP! CHEERS!


Outside the building

Outside the building

http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/

Hokkaido Brewery
1-1 Nango-dori 4 Minami, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 003-0022
TEL 011-863-3515 FAX 011-866-4288

Nijo Market

There is some people in our group wish to purchase some dried scallops, hence our tour guide took us to the Nijo Market to grab some scallops deal. Nijo Market is three blocks south of the TV Tower at Odori Park.

Niko Market

Niko Market

Hokkaido Jingu (北海道神宮)

Hokkaido Jingu (北海道神宮)

Hokkaido Jingu (北海道神宮)


Map of Hokkaido Jingu

Map of Hokkaido Jingu

This is our first Shrine visit in our Japan trip. Before one could enter the Shrine, one has to cleanse oneself. There is a water spot where everyone will goes there to cleanse. Take a scoop of clean water and wash the left hand. Take another scoop to clean the right hand. Then take another scoop of water and pour onto the left hand which is previously cleansed. Rinse the mouth using the clean water and spill them out. Finally pour the remaining water to clean the scoop. To clean the hand in winter time is really cold! Ice water you know!

Preparing to cleanse

Preparing to cleanse


Take the scoop

Take the scoop


Wordings

Wordings


Shrine Door

Shrine Door


The long passage way from the Shrine Entrance before reaching the temple door

The long passage way from the Shrine Entrance before reaching the temple door


Praying

Praying

http://www.hokkaidojingu.or.jp/

Location : 474 Miyagaoka, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-city, Hokkaido.
Phone : 011-611-0261.

Miyanomori (宫之森)

Our lunch is Teppayaki time!!! We have to remove our coat so that it will not get stained and stink. We have a set of pork slices and some vegetables. They also provide Kobe Beef costing about 8000 Yen. We didn't order since we do not eat beef.

Miyanomori (宫之森)

Miyanomori (宫之森)

Pork feast

Pork feast


Food!!

Food!!

Cooking time

Cooking time


At the entrance of Miyanomori

At the entrance of Miyanomori

Shiroi Koibito Park (白色恋人公园)

Finally we have reached the Shiroi Koibito Park where the famous 白色恋人 is made.

Building structure in the park

Building structure in the park


Tree house~

Tree house~


Clock Tower

Clock Tower


Car Park Entrance with the guard

Car Park Entrance with the guard


A big bird cage? Hahaha

A big bird cage? Hahaha

At the park, decoration for Christmas has started, so only partial of the park is completed. There is an apple tree (a real one) and if you tried to reach for the apple, the alarm will ring. Look at the cute police bear that came out when we tried to approach the apple.

*BANG* Do not touch the apple

*BANG* Do not touch the apple

Inside the building, there is a cup museum where different cups from all over the world in different century are gathered. Imagine that you are drinking a cup of chocolate from a gold cup!

Gold Cup

Gold Cup


Near a fire pit

Near a fire pit


Very unique cups

Very unique cups

Can you see the cats?

Can you see the cats?


Cookies in preparation

Cookies in preparation


Where is Singapore? There!

Where is Singapore? There!


Nice wedding cake!

Nice wedding cake!

We had a cup of warm chocolate at their cafe. There is a nice scenery from the cafe view. I believe when night fall, and all the lightning is up, it will be very romantic.

Waiting for our drink in Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Waiting for our drink in Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Drinking hot choco

Drinking hot choco

The bill receipt

The bill receipt

While waiting for the life, I took a seat at the chair nearby.
Resting at a corner of Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Resting at a corner of Ishiya Chocolate Factory

At the staircase before reaching their shops, I decided to take a photo of the decoration.
At the Staircase of Ishiya Chocolate Factory

At the Staircase of Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Since we still have a bit of time, we asked our tour leader to help us take a photo of us being the "SANTA CLAUS".

  • +*+*+*+*+* JINGLE BELLS JINGLE BELLS JINGLE ALL THE WAY!*+*+*+*+*+*

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Resting at Ishiya Chocolate Factory

Resting at Ishiya Chocolate Factory

http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/

狸小路

Finally our last stop before going back to our hotel will be shopping time again! We have about 45 minutes to shop around. Our tour guide bring us to his recommended shop to grab all the 白色恋人 and others. After that, we move along the 狸小路6 and 狸小路7.

Road Crossing in between 狸小路商店街

Road Crossing in between 狸小路商店街


Street Photo of 狸小路商店街

Street Photo of 狸小路商店街

A status around 狸小路商店街

A status around 狸小路商店街

I shall stop writing for Day 5. Will try my best again to update Day 5 night time on which hotel we have stayed. Very good hotel.

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Honey Moon: Day 4 Night

Noboribetsu Sekisui-Tei (登别石水亭)

semi-overcast -1 °C

Noboribetsu Sekisui-Tei (登别石水亭)

The reception at Noboribetsu

The reception at Noboribetsu

This will be our resting place for tonight. The most smelly, yet very famous Onsen in Noboribetsu. Why? The strong sulfur smell along the corridor towards our room will make you puke. Luckily, the restaurant is still "free" from sulfur smell. Since our dinner is usually at 7pm, and we have some time to spare (around 1 hour plus), we have decided to go to the nearby street for shopping (since they close at 8pm). There are a few nice statues along the street. We bought quite a few stuffs, such as Mini Cream Puff, Bookmarks & Magnets for friends and ourselves, Honey for Family (got to check out the shop name, nice honey and luckily they do accept credit card). The honey is really good! And they are also VERY HEAVY!

OUCH" I got hit!

OUCH" I got hit!


Post a mail?

Post a mail?

Cute horse with scarf

Cute horse with scarf

The night falls very quickly, and the weather turn super cold at night. This is the first time that I feel so intensive cold, that I just want to go back and drink hot water! Even though there are "fumes/smokes" from the hot "spring", it is still cold!!!

Finally, after "running" up the slope in order to reach our hotel, we go back to our room to unload our "hunting" before proceeding to our dinner.

Our Dinner

Our Dinner

He is hungry

He is hungry

Mi in Yukata, standing outside the restaurant

Mi in Yukata, standing outside the restaurant

Both of us in Yukata

Both of us in Yukata

Noboribetsu Sekisui-Tei (登别石水亭)
Tel: 0143-84-2255
Address: Noboribetsu Onsen-cho 203-1, Noboribetsu-shi, Hokkaido 059-0596
http://www.sekisuitei.com/index.html

That will marks the end of Day 4 Night. Of course, we arranged our luggage before sleeping. Having a headache on how to pack the honey~

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Honey Moon: Day 4 Day

Hilton Niseko Village Hotel - White isle NISEKO (ホワイトアイルNISEKO) - Lake Toya (洞爺湖) - Ainu Museum (アイヌ民族博物館) - Noboribetsu (登别)

sunny 6 °C

Hilton Niseko Village Hotel
This hotel has a very unique floor plan. At our level, it is a shape of "6". And our room is all the way to the 3rd last room. VERY FAR!
6 shape hotel

6 shape hotel

There is a Ski Centre just outside the hotel. Indeed, it is a luxury hotel and very few hotels in this area.

These are what we are having for breakfast.

My breakfast

My breakfast

His Breakfast

His Breakfast

Seasoned Raw Octopus. And it is not nice!

Seasoned Raw Octopus. And it is not nice!

We have to leave after having our breakfast that was scheduled at 7.30am. Everyone must be ready before 8.30am to departure to our next activity, which is scheduled at 9.30am. It will take about 45 minutes to reach the next activity station.

White isle NISEKO (ホワイトアイルNISEKO)

"White isle NISEKO (ホワイトアイルNISEKO)"

"White isle NISEKO (ホワイトアイルNISEKO)"

Finally we reached this snowmobile area! This will be the place where we will be driving the snowmobile and drive across the mountain. It cost 10000 Yen for a single car and 15000 Yen for double seat car, although the car looked about the same, with a support bar at the back seat for double seat car.

Rules for driving:
1) Only 16 and above can drive the car.
2) If 2 persons in a car, only MALE is allowed to be the driver. Female must sit at the back. Both female will not be allowed.

This expense is not included in the package tour, so we have to pay the rental fee ourselves. I choose double seat, since it is not only cheaper, and I would like to take photograph along the driving track as he drives. 一举两得!It is recommended to change to their suits, if any part of our wear is not suitable for driving. Nevertheless, we changed to their wears so that our clothes will not be dirtied nor wet.

People gathering around the mobile

People gathering around the mobile


Dear cool shot

Dear cool shot


Zoom Zoom

Zoom Zoom

After a short drive along the mountain, finally we have reached a resting place for us to take photograph. Today is a fine weather, where the temperature is not cold, and vision is clear. We have been served a cup of chocolate, to ensure we keep our body warm.

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There is a family of 5 who did not go for the snowmobile, since their children are all under 16. However, they are having fun too! They have made 2 snow men while waiting for our return. Big project!!

Snow Men Project

Snow Men Project

For more information, check out their website.
http://www.niseko-weiss.co.jp/isle/islephoto-e.html

Lake Toya (洞爺湖)
Our next stop after the snowmobile will be their famous Lake Toya. Lake Tōya (洞爺湖) is a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Abuta District, Hokkaidō, Japan. There is a park beside the lake (note: we are only at a part of the lake) where features a few status.

Look! I am sitting on a tiger!

Look! I am sitting on a tiger!


Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Lake Toya (洞爺湖)


Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Map

Map


What a huge mask!

What a huge mask!


Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Shoots on Lake Toya (洞爺湖)

Lunch at a BIG CRAB signboard place

After the Lake Toya, we set off for our lunch at this very big CRAB signboard outside the building. So big that we decided to take a photo of it. I have forgotten the name, and I can't understand the signboard wording. At the entrance, there is a bear status.

BEAR ON THE LOOSE

BEAR ON THE LOOSE

This is a very popular seafood steamboat in Hokkaido. Most of the group will go there for fresh seafood. Really fresh! You are to pick your crab, scallop, so whatever they have there, when they are alive. When they serve you, it is supposed to eat it RAW! Imagine how fresh the seafood will be!

Look at the crab that will be our lunch today. Dear do not eat raw food, so I will be sharing with another group mate, Theresa. The scallop is also very huge! When we are arranged to be seated in a table, there is a BIG bowl of vegetable, raw salmon, scallop, mushroom, etc on the table. These are for the steamboat. This is so much, that we cannot finish half the pot of steamboat. And yes, when you pour everything into the pot, it is filled to the brim.

Steamboat Feast

Steamboat Feast

Pretty soon, our Sashimi is served! The scallop meat is very sweet, and chewy (i cannot find a word to describe the texture). Recommended! The crab is very fresh. It is a bit gluey effect, so not everyone might be able to appreciate the taste. Kind of weird for me in the first place, but the meat is really fresh.

Crab!

Crab!


Crab Body- for cooking, cannot eat raw

Crab Body- for cooking, cannot eat raw


Yummy Scallop!

Yummy Scallop!

After our lunch about 2.30pm, we went outside to take a photo, with the Pacific Ocean behind us. Nice right?
Ocean!!!

Ocean!!!

Ainu Museum (アイヌ民族博物館)

Ainu Museum Founder Statue

Ainu Museum Founder Statue


Map around the museum

Map around the museum

Since we are in Hokkaido, so we should also know their history and their culture. We set off to Ainu Museum where they have musical and dance performance of the ancestor's. There is this One-String Instrument where they will sprung the string and make different key, and in return: music. They have an instrument that is similar to Yang Qing!

One-String Instrument

One-String Instrument


Yang Qing?

Yang Qing?

They also show us the lullaby where they sing to coax the baby to sleep.

The final one would be the tribal dance, where they sing and dance when they caught a bear/ something along this line. Only one male will hold the knife, and the female will form a circle (including the male) and dance around the fire pit.

Tribal Group Dance

Tribal Group Dance

There have 4 bears, and about 5 dogs living at the museum.
Bear in the cage... so ke lian

Bear in the cage... so ke lian


Bear biscuit. 100 Yen per packet

Bear biscuit. 100 Yen per packet


White dog

White dog

Shiraoi Poroto Kotan is their lake for seafood. Nice?

Shiraoi Poroto Kotan in sunset

Shiraoi Poroto Kotan in sunset


One of their living huts

One of their living huts


I'm a bear in disguise!

I'm a bear in disguise!


Must photo with the founder, but well he is kind of big

Must photo with the founder, but well he is kind of big


The signboard to go to the museum

The signboard to go to the museum


Sunset.. time to go home

Sunset.. time to go home

Ainu Museum 3-4, Wakakusa-cho 2-chome, Shiraoi-gun, Hokkaido, JAPAN 059-0902
059-0902 北海道白老郡白老町若草町2-3-4
TEL 0144-82-3914|FAX 0144-82-3685
E-Mail museum@ainu-museum.or.jp

http://www.ainu-museum.or.jp/index.html

After this visit, it marks the end of our guided tour. We will be heading to our last Onsen hotel, where is the most stinky, popular Onsen at Noboribetsu (登别).

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Honey Moon: Day 3 PM

Resting Point - Otaru (小樽) - Hilton Niseko Village Hotel

sunny 7 °C

Resting Point (For Lunch)
After Sounkyo Ropeway, we proceed to a resting point for lunch. Today we will have to pay our own lunch. We have to purchase a food ticket at the entrance, and then pass the ticket to the staff inside. They will serve the food shortly.

"Layout of the Restaurant"

"Layout of the Restaurant"

"Tempura Ramen"

"Tempura Ramen"

"Curry, his favourite"

"Curry, his favourite"


"At the entrance of the building"

"At the entrance of the building"

Otaru (小樽)
Otaru (nickname : the town of hills) is situated in the western part of Hokkaido, facing Ishikari Bay.

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Everyone took a shot at the famous canal. Nice weather that day. There is a water spot that we found near the place. However, we do not dare to drink the water from it.

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Places we went in Otaru: 梦藏人, 小樽音樂盒堂本館 , 銀の鐘

梦藏人
All the things inside are selling at 1050 Yen. We only managed to see this type of 1050 Yen shop in Hokkaido. So visit them for some stuffs if possible to grab some deals.

小樽音樂盒堂本館
A lot of nice music box are housed inside. There are a lot more, but I have shopped too long in this place until I do not have the time to visit the rest. In total, there are 7 of them, and all sell different types of music box.

銀の鐘
You can take a tea break there and enjoy the scenery of the town. After your drink, you can bring the cup home.

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The famous steam clock made by Canadian.

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A 3D cat clinging on the building. (forgot to post the photo)

Ring the bell! And yes, it really made very noise!

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We are supposed to return to our bus by 4.15pm. Before we board the bus, we bought 2 Hokkaido Ice Cream. He bought the chocolate flavour, while I have the 3 mixture flavour (Lavendar, Vanlina, Melon). Nice!

Final stop would be Hilton Niseko Village Hotel where we will spent a night there. They also have Onsen. But nobody knows the environment well, including tour guide and leader, as this is also their first time in a luxury hotel stay! We are not allowed to wear the Yukata and walk around the reception area. This hotel is more for business stay rather than leisure stay.

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These are the food provided in the hotel. It is serving more towards Western style. Food is not as nice as expected.

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I shall ended my writing here. Shall post the photos once I got the time to make a complete diary. Next post will be for Day 4!

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