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Honey Moon: Day 3 AM

Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel - 大雪山国立公園 - Sounkyo Ropeway (黑岳滑雪场)

snow -3 °C

Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel --> 大雪山国立公園
Rise and shine! We went for our breakfast at 7am in Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel. After it, we have to start loading our luggage into the bus again. While waiting for the rest of the group members to load their luggage, we went around to take some photographs. We are surrounded by mountains and snow!

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We proceed to the 大雪山国立公園 to look at Gin Ga No Taki [銀河の滝] and Ryu Sei No Taki [流星の滝]. Sad to say, we only can see the waterfall for 流星の滝 as 銀河の滝 is already frozen during winter time. There are a lot of people taking photographs at the water fall.

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大雪山国立公園 --> Sounkyo Ropeway (黑岳滑雪场)
This is where a lot of people will come to this place for Skiing. It took about 7 minutes to reach the top of the mountain via cable car (Height of 1984 m).

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To get to the best view, we have to climb up to the roof of the building. It is very windy upstairs. The wind is so strong that you might "fly" off if you did not stand firmly on the ground. The scenery is nice at the top. Luckily I wore my hat, thus my hair did not become a "bird nest".

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For more details, visit their website. They update on the mountain condition everyday.
http://www.rinyu.co.jp/kurodake/

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In order to get to that signboard, I got to cut through the snow. Look at how thick is the snow.

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This is the Ski Start Off Point where all Skier will sit on the cable chair and bring them to the top to Ski downwards.

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Sitting on the snow. It is COLD!

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The cable car ferries every 20 minutes. Due to time constrain, we must go after the "venture" to snow land. It take another 1-3 hours, which I can't remember exactly, to reach the next station: Otaru.

To continue in next entry.

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Honey Moon: Day 2 Night

Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel

snow -2 °C

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Our resting destination is at Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel. After our unloading, we will be having out dinner at Level 2. You can either take a life or just take a stair up. They provided quite a variety of food.

This Hotel provided Private Onsen. It will cost 2500 Yen for 50 minutes usage. So we decided to have a private Onsen (^.^). There is another family who want to have Onsen too. Sometime privacy is soooooo nice~. We booked the room at 11pm, since that is the earliest slot available.

The reception reminded us not to open the window. In the private room, it is partition into 2 sections. One section contains the big bath tub and at one corner, there is the bathing area. The other section is for drying up where you can enjoy a cup of ice water and TV.

After the hot Onsen, we packed our bag before going to bed.

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Honey Moon: Day 2 Day

APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo - Herb Hill Furano - Asahiyama Zoo - Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum

snow 0 °C

At APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo
Early in the morning, we have our breakfast. Check out the food we are having at 7am before setting off for the next destination. They also provide rice in the morning. Seemed quite filling to have rice early in the morning right?

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We only stay one night at each hotel, so we will be changing to the next Hotel tonight. All our luggage have to be packed and moved into the bus. It will bring us to the next location.

At some resting place
We made a rest at this parking place as our bus "climbed" towards a mountain. It is snowing already. Check out the little snow man that someone have made it. We added in some straws to make the eyes, nose, hand, etc. Never see a "strawed" snowman right? Hehe.

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Finally a photo of us in the "snowing" season. And a van just drove past. =.="

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At Herb Hill Furano (ハーブヒルふらの)
We stopped at Herb Hill Furano for lunch.

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Look at the food that we are having. His favourite curry is here.

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He almost took the soft drink from the vending machine, with the assumption that all food available are already been paid for. However, there is a 300 Yen price tag there, thus stop him from getting it. I also took a picture with Hello Kitty in the shop. Some people from our group bought this "Ma You". It cost 4200 Yen per bottle, and 10000 Yen for 3 bottles. It smells a little with Lavender, and it is actually a moisturizer for skin. This is very good for dry humid country, where your skin dries up very fast. However, looking at the price, it prevents me from buying.

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Before we head to the bus, the shop keeper came out and pass the bill to Billy. He will made the payment on the next trip. Interesting right? We do not have to pay after we have finished our lunch, and they trusted Billy will make the payment later (well, should be a trusted regular). They are not afraid that he will forget to make the payment. That is their culture.

Website for Herb Hill Furano is http://hh-furano.com/

At Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園)
The next location we went to is their famous zoo. My dear took a picture of me at a slope. And yes, the zoo is on a slope. So you have to climb up the slope to exit from the East. There is another exit on the West, which is down the slope. However, our bus is up the slope. So... have to climb up after visiting it.

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Look at those animals... aren't they cold?

The penguin is the funny one. Knock knock on the window, it will come to you. Cute right?

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The tiger initially is hiding in the room, and suddenly it run out and jog around the cage. The cage is very big for him to roam about. Morning exercise I guess. =P

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It will get cold if you are outside for a period of time. Before we proceed to our bus, we went to the souvenier shop. A lot of people is inside there, but the price for the toys isn't that cheap either. I happened to look at the Gachapon outside the shop and decided to try my luck. I want the wolf pin-tag. And I really get the wolf. Hahaha

At Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum (男山酒厂)

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Sake is always popular in Japan. So we shall not miss the chance to learn how is Sake brew and and its history. Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum is the place to learn about Sake. We took some photos inside there, and they also provide free sampling of Sake. For those who want to drink their best Sake, one cup cost 150 Yen. We are not Sake lover, hence we only tried the free sampling. Quite a group of people actually paid to taste the best Sake, and there are people who actually bought it back. (I wonder how are they going to pass the Customs.)

At the entrance, there is spring water for public to consume. We have some fun taking photos for the spring water. He is very playful. Look at his action when he tried to collect the water. (forgot to upload this photo) BTW, the water is VERY COLD. My dear tried to be brave and decide to go outside without a jacket on. From his action, you can feel how cold the weather is at there.

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I will continue our night activity again. Keep you all updated again~

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Honey Moon: Day 1 PM

Hokkaido (Sapporo Airport --> APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo)

sunny 0 °C

Finally after an hour plus flight, we had reached Hokkaido!!!!! We have landed on a white land. Merry Christmas~~ Oops, a bit early i guess... hahaha

Our first stop: LUNCH! It is around 1pm plus by the time we reached there. We are starving!!! They arranged us in a long bench, and served us a mini pot with a fish, raw seasoned octopus, and miso soup. The fish is rather hard and slightly salty (maybe because I don't take salty food?). They actually prepared the food for us before we arrived, so it could be the reason why the fish is hard on surface.

At Chitose Outlet Mall Rera
After our lunch, Billy took us to the Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, after an hour plus journey, for shopping. He gave us 1 hour to shop, as the night fall at around 4pm. There are a lot of branded stuffs there, and selling at a lower price. Reason? Out of season or trying to clear stock. As I was looking for a nicer coat, I scouted around to get a cheap but yet nice coat... and I managed to get a Enraciné coat at 7900 Yen (approximately SG$122)! What a deal! On average, a reasonable coat will cost a minimum of 10000 Yen. The shops inside changes every time. You might be able to find Nike (for example) today, and next week another brand replaces it. So, always check out before going there. The website is http://www.outlet-rera.com/foreigin/english/
Chitose Outlet Mall Rera Orange Gate

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A shot in Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

A shot in Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

Shots from Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

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Shots taken from Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

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At Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

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We took some shops inside the outlet. Yes, it is a opened outlet, so snow still can come into the building. It is like, walking on a street that have all the branded goods in one row. Cool isn't it? Shop till your pocket burns~ wahaha. Got to beware of the "shiny" spots, as it indicates a danger of slipping! There is a little girl who just slip and fall while walking. So got to be very careful when walking.

At Aurora Town
After shopping around for an hour, we proceed to our bus. Before boarding the bus, we bought 2 buns. One "red bean" bun and chocolate bun. HOT! Nice to have some warm food in a cold place. At 4pm onwards, the sky turns dark... and by the time we reached the Sapporo City, it is a dark already. From the Sapporo TV Tower, you can see that at 5pm onwards, we are officially in night time.
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Underpass to shopping

Underpass to shopping

We took a walk around Sapporo City, Aurora Town, a underground shopping centre at train station. Billy took us to the food area and let us look around. He give us some time to shop around before proceeding for our dinner in the hotel at 7pm.
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Crowd in food area

Cigarette Vending Machine

Cigarette Vending Machine

We bought a cream puff and tried. The moment I bite it, the cream overwhelm the mouth. Full of cream, and spilling all over. Messy indeed, but nice. People around us were staring at us as they walk. LOL "How clumsy can one get?" they must be thinking in this way.
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We went out of the shopping area to capture some photos. Look at the number in the photo. It indicates the temperature. Almost zero degree~ COLD!!! Some shots on the streets too.
Sapporo Street

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Temperature in Sapporo

Temperature in Sapporo

We also visited the famous Ramen Street. Along this street, all the shops are selling Ramen!
Ramen Street

Ramen Street

Bitten by Bear

Bitten by Bear

  • Ouch* A bear "bites" my head!!!

We have our dinner at (forgot the departmental store name, update again soon). This is our dinner. Nice?

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At APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo
Finally, we proceed for our dinner. We checked in our luggage before going for the dinner. This is the photo of the hotel room we will be spending a night.

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We stayed in APA Hotel & Resort where there is an Onsen and SPA for guests. I didn't go for the Onsen for some particular reason and hence unable to provide the details on how it is like. Instead, I asked him to try the Onsen and tell me how it is like. He don't like the smell. In Japan, their culture is that nobody will wear anything when they are in the Onsen. Nothing at all. So, every part is exposed. When he is in the hot spring, he saw a little girl with his daddy. BTW, male go to male area, female go to female area. There is no trespassing to each other place. But the little girl should be less than 6 year old. But it is kind of strange that a young little girl is being "exposed" to male since young age.

After his Onsen, he came out to the room. Usually after soaking in the hot spring, people will wash themselves before going to bed. (According to what he saw in the Onsen). So he did the same. But bathe again when he is in the room. Strange? He say he feels hot after soaking, so want to bathe again. ***speechless***

We went down to the reception to check out the area below.

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The address for the hotel:
APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo
4-2 Kawazoe, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi 005-0804
Fax: +81-11-572-3461
e-mail:ah-rsap@apa.co.jp

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Honey Moon: Day 1 AM

Location: Singapore --> Hokkaido

sunny 14 °C

Changi Airport --> Narita Airport
We are supposed to meet at 9.30pm at Changi Airport Terminal 2, Row 3. After work, I rush home immediately to wash up and took a taxi with my dear to airport. We had reached at 9.00pm. As we had reached earlier than expected, I went to the McDonald to exchange 2 apple pies and bought 1 McChicken Meal. A lot of people gathered about Row 3. We have no idea where is our tour leader, since we only communicated through phone. And they are supposed to wear Blue/Yellow shirt for easy identification. She didn't. Luckily, we managed to spot her at the counter with a stack of paper. Who will hold a stack of paper near the counter? Obviously it is the Tour Leader. Her name is Veron. We took the "letter" from her and went to the check-in counter.

We went in ourselves. Since it is still early (we got an hour before boarding), we went to the camera store and he saw a 300mm lens @ $399. He almost wanted to buy it (buy it and bring oversea?? when we got a 300mm lens already). Luckily, he didn't, else it will be another luggage to carry.

At around 10.45pm onwards, we are able to board the plane. At a "lost", we wondered where is our tour leader... and FINALLY, she appeared. At that time, she starts giving out the filled up declaration form on our behalf. Good tour leader right?

This is a long journey flight. It will take off at 11.25pm, and reach around 6.30pm in Tokyo time. That means, it is a 6 hours journey flight. After the take-off, we have our dinner on board. (sorry, i can't remember what is the dinner content already). After dinner, we start watching movies provided in the flight. I had watched those all shows such as "Moulin Rouge", "Harry Potter", etc. Tried to play their game, quite boring. Eventually, sleep is the better option.

Narita Airport --> Haneda Airport
Finally, at around 6.20pm (quite accurate in their timing), we had landed on Narita Airport. As we leave the plane, we are wondering, do we need to wait for our tour leader? We didn't see her come out from the plane. So we walked slowly, and eventually reached the customs section. Still no sight of her. We stood there waiting for her about 5 min... and still no sight of her. So instead of waiting, we went to the customs counter. Finally cleared the customs and we proceed to the luggage collection area. AND she is there already. Looks like we are the last one to reach. LOL. She is fast!

After taking our luggage, we informed Veron that we need to purchase the Tokyo Metro Pass for our extension period. So she inform us to go outside, purchase it and find the tour guide named Billy. We bought a 2-day pass for the Tokyo Metro Subway. It cost 980 Yen per pax. Afterward, we found our tour guide. Since we are the first group to "leave" the group to purchase the pass, we waited outside for the rest of the group to come out. Quite some time for them to come out of the customs checkpoint.

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Once our group is united, we proceed to the bus to take to Haneda Airport. It will take about 1 hour to travel on the airport expressway, so while we are on the bus, Billy introduced himself and briefing tell us about Japan. Some of us fallen asleep, some busy listening to his chatting. By the time we reached Haneda Airport, it is around 9am.

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This is our air ticket.

"Our air ticket"

"Our air ticket"

Our next flight is at around 11am, and we have to check in by about 10am. So, while our tour leader and guide assisted in our check-in, we are free to roam about the airport, but must return by 9.45am. So we went to get our branch before setting off to Hokkaido. We bought a Bento and 1 pork sandwich. When we asked the cashier, "what meat is this?", he paused for a moment, wondering how to reply to us. "Chicken? Pork? Beef?", we asked. He still paused, and tried to find the word to reply us. Eventually, my Dear just "Oink Oink?". The cashier immediately nodded his head vigorously. So, sound language is still the universal language in the world. LOL.

Finally when the boarding time approaches, we noticed a sign board. According to Veron, it is asking any passenger is willing to give up the current seat and board the next flight which is 1 hour later. In return, it will give 10000 mileage points in return (I cannot remember the number of points). But nobody wants to. And there we go, towards Hokkaido, the land of "white" (it had snowed already).

I shall stop my entry for Day 1 Part 1. To continue again on the remaining section of the day soon.

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