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Furano Ski Resort 2014

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

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Furano Ski Resort!

One of the most famous ski resorts in Hokkaido.

The resort has had the FIS Alpine Ski World Cups in the past

and Snowboarding World Cups in recent years.

You can command a great view of Tokachi mountain range and the town of Furano

from the top of the ski slope.

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Trees on the ski slope. A perfect day for skiing.
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From the top of the ski slope, just getting off from the gondola.
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At the foot of the mountain, just near the gondola station.

You can see the ski slope in the distance.

The gondola takes you from the foot of the mountain to the top in 15 minutes.
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This is the entrance of “Ningle Terrace”, located just below the New Furano Prince Hotel
in the Furano Ski Resort.

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“Ningle Terrace” has many cottage shops, where they sell handicrafts

and special local products.

This is a good place for finding souvenirs as well as walking around.
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Horse Hot Spring Bath in Monbetsu

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment

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This big signboard says “Tonekko no Yu”, a hot spring facility in Monbetsu.

“Tonekko no Yu” means “Bath of Tonekko”, and Tonekko is a one year old horse.

Monbetsu town is famous for the production of racing horses, thus this name,

and the picture of a horse on the signboard.

(Though it’s definitely a hot spring bath for humans, not for horses.)
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The exterior view of “Tonneko no Yu”, a hot spring facility.
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Inside of the building.

The TV is broadcasting a horse race.
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Entrance of the women’s bath.

Even here we can find the picture of a horse on the split curtain.
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A cream puff that I bought at the shop in the “Tonekko no yu” building.

It is called “bafu shu”, which means “horse-droppings cream puff”!!

(well, because of its shape, I guess…)

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The house of Dr. Munro

November 25, 2013 Leave a comment

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Dr. Munro’s house in Nibutani, Hokkaido.
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Neil Gordon Munro (1863 – 1942), a Scottish physician and anthropologist,
lived in Nibutani, treated people suffering from tuberculosis, and studied Ainu culture.
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A small path with trees leading to the house of Dr. Munro.
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Horses were in the field next to Dr. Munro’s house.
The white building that can be seen behind is the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum.
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Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum

November 24, 2013 Leave a comment

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At the entrance hall of the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum.
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Ainu is the indigenous people of Japan.

Their traditional clothes are shown here.

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These tapestries show their traditional patterns and designs.
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A canoe made of a single tree.
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This says “Nibutani”, the place name of this area.
The owl is the guardian god of the ainu people.
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Accessories.
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“Iku-pasuy”, ritual implements.
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Reconstructed “Chise”, traditional Ainu houses, in front of the museum.
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The nibutani Ainu Culture museum is in Biratori Town, Hokkaido,
2 hours from Sapporo by car, or 1 hour from Shin-Chitose Airport by car.
This is a good place to learn about Ainu culture and tradition.
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Cycling around Mt. Yotei

July 1, 2013 Leave a comment

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This is Mt. Yotei, aka Mt. Fuji in Hokkaido.

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Cycling along a country road.

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Going into Kutchan Town, famous for its ski resort.

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Niseko mountain range can be seen in the back.

It’s supposed to be summer, but the mountains still have snow.

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Shiribechi River and the yellow bridge, a symbol of Niseko Town.

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A view from the yellow bridge.

People who are enjoying kayaking can be seen.

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Taking lunch at “Niseko View Plaza”, looking at Mt. Yotei.

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This time we traveled in the counterclockwise direction around Mt. Yotei.

There were actually a lot of ups and downs.

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Returned to “Kyogoku Water Spring Park”,  the starting point for today.

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Collecting some fresh spring water at “Kyogoku Fukidashi Park”.

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Lastly,  a good hot spring bath at “Kyogoku Onsen”!!

It’s in front of the Kyogoku Fukidashi Park, and you can take an outside hot spring bath,

looking at the great view of Mt. Yotei.

Today’s travel distance: 51km

Today’s average speed : 19 km/h

Run time:  2 hours and a half

 

Cycling around the lake Toya

June 24, 2013 Leave a comment

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The circumference of the Lake Toya is 43 km and there is a good road around the lake,

so it should not be so difficult to cycle around the Lake Toya.

Luckily, the weather is perfect!

The toya hot spring onsen resort can be seen at the opposite side of the lake.

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A Japanese scarecrow.

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Lake Toya and one of the islands on the lake.

Mount Yotei (aka ezo-fuji, which means “Mt. Fuji in Hokkaido” can be seen,

but the top of the perfectly cone-shaped mountain is hidden by the clouds today.

This is taken from the Toya hot spring resort, the opposite side of the lake in the first picture.

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Mt. Showa shinzan, the newest volcano mountain in Japan, can be seen.

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“Cycle computer” shows 29.75 km from the starting point.

A little bit more to the goal.

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The lake toya, Mt. Usu, and Mr. showa shinzan.

Today’s travel distance (by bike): 38km

(the circumference of the lake is 43 km, but the road surrounding the lake is shorter than that)

top speed: 44km/h

average speed: 22km/h

June for Strawberry

June 22, 2013 Leave a comment

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June is the best month for strawberry picking.

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At a tourist orchard, people can enjoy strawberry picking.

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Admission fee is 800 yen to 1,000 and then you can eat strawberries as much as you like.

This is an “Ohno Noen” orchard in Niki town (about 2 hours from Sapporo by car),

and a lot of people were visiting there this morning.

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The “receptionist” was cute!!

Can you see that she wears gorgeous fake eyelashes?