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December 2009

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


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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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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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