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Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August

2016-08-03 - 2016-08-0415 Episodes
Yuichi Kudo
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Yuichi Kudo
  • 30s / male
  • Japan
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I had guests from Singapore.
We visited Sapporo, Biei, Furano, and Otaru.
My guests were really happy to feel a lot of nature in Hokkaido.
Their best was Kyogoku spring park, they said.

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Day 12016/08/03

さっぽろテレビ塔 (Sapporo TV Tower) Hokkaido, Japan

さっぽろテレビ塔 (Sapporo TV Tower)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

We started the tour form Sapporo TV tower.
We went up to the observation deck and saw a nice view of Sapporo odori park.
Odori park used to be a fire drill to avoid fire spreading because houses used to be made of wood.

美瑛町 Hokkaido, Japan

美瑛町(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

We drove a long hour just like 3 hours from Sapporo.
We finally arrived at Biei.
We enjoyed panorama drive at Biei patch work fields.
Farmer grow many varieties of vegetables and each field have different color.
It looks like patch works.
There are many people coming to Biei in these days from all over the world.

セブンスターの木 Hokkaido, Japan

セブンスターの木(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

This is famous tree at Biei patch work field.
This is oak tree which was used to make a commercial of Japanese cigarette " Seven star" so this tree is called a tee of Seven star.
We had a brief stop at this tree and took nice photo.

青い池 (Blue Pond) Hokkaido, Japan

青い池 (Blue Pond)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

This is blue pond, one of the must place to visit in Hokkaido.
Pond is colored milky blue because of the continents of water and the mud of the lake.
Water contains aluminum hydroxide and mud of the lake contains sulfur.
White birch trees are standing decayed so we may only see this scenery within 5 years or less.
We enjoyed walking around pond and took nice pictures.

ファームレストラン千代田 Hokkaido, Japan

ファームレストラン千代田(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

This is our today's lunch.
This is "San-to-ka" ramen, literally mountain, head, fire.
San-to-ka is one of the most famous ramen restaurant in Hokkaido and they also have many branch restaurant even outside of Hokkaido area.
Soup is pork bone and salt based.
This is one of my favorite ramen in Hokkaido.

  • Budget:800USD

ファーム富田 (Farm Tomita) Hokkaido, Japan

ファーム富田 (Farm Tomita)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

After lunch we went to Farm Tomita where is famous for its lavender cultivation.
Mr. Tomita became so famous because of his lavender cultivation but at the beginning he had big trouble taking care of his lavender.
There were no need for lavender at that time.
However, one photographer took a picture of Farm Tomita and introduced it all over Japan.
Thanks to the photographer farm became famous.
You can also see a nice view of Mt. Tokachi mountain range.

JRタワー (JR Tower) Hokkaido, Japan

JRタワー (JR Tower)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

My guests requested "Unagi" broiled eel for their dinner.
I joined the dinner as well.
Taste was fantastic!
It takes long time to cook Japanese Unagi.
Cleaning eels at first, boiling them for the next step to make unagi softer, then broil ing them with charcoal fire, dipping in the special source and broiling, then repeat dipping and broiling.
It takes at least 1.5 hour to cook.
It is long but worth waiting.

Day 22016/08/04

休暇村 支笏湖 Hokkaido, Japan

休暇村 支笏湖(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

We started visiting Lake Shikotsu this day.
Lake Shikotsu is the second deepest lake in Japan, after Lake Tazawa.
We enjoyed sightseeing boat in the morning.
Lake Shikotsu was formed 40 to 50 thousand years ago and this lake is famous for column joint structure at the bottom of the lake.

有珠山ロープウェイ Hokkaido, Japan

有珠山ロープウェイ(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

After lunch we visit Mt. Usu rope way.
From observatory deck we could see a miracle mountain Mt. new Showa.
In Japan we have two calendar Gregory Usu Calendar which is common all over the world and Gengo calender which is unique and only used in Japan.
We use Gengo such as Meiji, Taisho, Showa, Heisei which changes every time our emperor changes.
Mt. new showa suddenly came out after big eruption of Mt. Usu during Showa era.
We had a nice picture!

ふきだし公園 Hokkaido, Japan

ふきだし公園(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

After visiting Mt.Usu We were ahead to Otaru city.
We had a brief stop at Kyogoku spring park located at the skirt of Mt. Yotei so called Ezo Fuji.
We enjoyed drinking cold, fresh water and atmosphere of mercy of nature.

小樽 (Otaru) Hokkaido, Japan

小樽 (Otaru)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 03

We enjoyed walking at Sakaimachi historical street whrere very old buildings are still remain and used as souvenir shops, restaurants, cafe and food stalls.
This is Kitaichi grass shop, literally north No.1 grass.
Kitaichi grass was developed for its demand of grass lamp in mid 19th century.
They still have great power in Otaru area for making beautiful grass souvenirs.

小樽 (Otaru) Hokkaido, Japan

小樽 (Otaru)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

There are many kind of street stalls at Sakaimachi historical street.
You can choose your fresh seafood from water tank and waiter pick up yours and grill it.
My guests enjoyed eating grilled sea urchins.

小樽 (Otaru) Hokkaido, Japan

小樽 (Otaru)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 02

This place is called Märchen intersection, best photo spot in Otaru historical area.
This stand out building is the head office of Le Tao.
Le Tao is famous sweets shop in Hokkaido, especially its nice cheese cake.
nowadays, it became famous all over Japan.

小樽 (Otaru) Hokkaido, Japan

小樽 (Otaru)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん) - 04

Otaru is also famous for music boxes.
There are some shops for music boxes and even you have a chance to make your own music boxes.
Otaru has a lot of fun.
My guests was really happy to be able to visit Otaru.
After visiting Otaru we went back to Sapporo.

札幌市 (Sapporo) Hokkaido, Japan

札幌市 (Sapporo)(北海道, 日本)|Hokkaido tour with guests from Singapore in August(Yuichi Kudoさん)

I finally took my guests to my favorite Izakaya, Japanese style tavern.
I introduced my favorite Yakitori, chunks of chickens with bamboo skewers broiled with charcoal fire.
My guests were happy so I was happy, too.

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