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Japan Hokkaido Trip 北海道 – Day 4

After breakfast, we say goodbye to Sapporo.  Our first itinerary for today is to enjoy flower-bed plus sunshine in Tomita Farm, Furano.  It was about 2.5 hours bus ride from Sapporo.

Tomita Farm Furano

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FURANO 富良野

Tomita Farm in Furano Since Year 1958

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Furano and Biei are towns in the center of Hokkaido, known for their pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes.  The best time to visit is July, when the lavender fields are in bloom.  During winter, Furano turns into a popular downhill and cross country skiing resort.

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Beautiful Lavender

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Lavender has been cultivated in Hokkaido for more than half a century.  With the arrival of lower priced, imported Lavender (mainly from France) led to a decrease in demand for Hokkaido’s Lavender in the 1960s and 70s, the local lavender’s main function shifted from agricultural product to tourist attraction.

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Lavender usually starts blooming in late June and reaches its peak from around mid July to early August.

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Many other flowers make Furano an attractive destination outside of the lavender season, flowers include rape blossoms, poppies and lupins from June, lilies from July, and sunflowers, salvias and cosmos from August and September.

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Beautiful Poppies Flower

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Beautiful Flower

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Beautiful Rainbow Flower Field

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Flowers everywhere

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Beautiful Pink Flower

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Beautiful Yellow Flower

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Cute

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Look like Butterfly

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Beautiful Flower

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Another view of Tomita Farm, Furano

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Colorful Morning Glory

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Cute

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Beautiful Walk Way

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There are numerous flower fields of various sizes all across Furano.  The best spot to view the beautiful blossoms lavender is Tomita Farm, whose lavender and flower fields with the Tokachi mountain range as backdrop are spectacular.

The popular farm is free to enter and just besides the flower fields has cafes and shops that sell a wide range of lavender related products.

This is the place that came out with the first Lavender flavor ice cream, a must try for every visitors to Furano.

Lavendar Flavor Ice-cream, highly recommended by Gin Tan,  a must try for every visitor’s to Furano.

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Souvenirs cum Ice-Cream Shop

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Today our lunch is Scallop Buffet Lunch at Herb Hill Furano.

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HILL SHIKISAI 四季彩の丘

After lunch, we proceed to another flower farm, Hill Shikisai 四季彩の丘.  Besides a shop, cafe and observation deck, the farm offers paid 15 minute rides on the “Lavender Bus” through the lavender fields.

Hill Shikisai 四季彩の丘

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Cute Scare-crow made of Hay

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Flowers on the field

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“Sunflower” field

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Beautiful Flower

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Lavender Field

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More Flowers

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Lavender Bus

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OTOKOYAMA SAKE BREWERY MUSEUM 男山

Next we proceeded to Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum, located at Asahikawa city.

 

Otokoyama is Asahikawa’s most Famous Sake, both within Japan and Worldwide.

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Hokkaido has ideal climate and water conditions (spring water) needed to make superior sake.  Otokoyamabrews high quality sake on the island and is the most famous brand of sake in Hokkaido.

Medals won by the company

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In 1977, Otokoyama won the first gold medal in The Overseas Wine and Spirit Competition, the first time for “Nihon-Shu”, and has since continued to win gold successively for 28 years.  Otokoyama products have achieved high appreciation throughout the world as exhibited by the awards received.

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Continued Win Gold for 28 years

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The Otokoyama Sake Museum tells about not only the 340 year history of Otokoyama, but also about the history of sake making.  There is free sake sampling for visitors.

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Traditional Sake Brewing Tools

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Tradiotional Sake Storage Tank

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Traditional Sake Brewing tools

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Traditional Sake Tank

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Different Rice for Different Type of Sake

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Beautiful Old Style Bottles and Ceramics

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Sake Containers

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The sake museum is comprehensive in covering all facets of Otokoyama’s rich sake brewing heritage, including ancient sake-related literature and art.  In fact, one of Japan’s most famous Ukiyoe painters, Utamaro, portrayed Otokoyama sake in a few of his works, forever affording Otokoyama a place in both the sake brewing and art histories of Japan.

Draw by Japan’s most famous Ukiyoe painters, Utamaro-san.  Each painting will have a sake bottle or 男山 words.

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Modern Sake Storage Tank

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The picture below shows the Water of Longevity, the well-known water that springs to ground beneath Otokoyama.  This underground waters originating from the snows of the Daisetsu mountain range combined with a harsh cold climate.  Of course I could not miss sampling the water, it is cool and fresh.

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Collecting the spring water using a bamboo drinking cup

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Local’s taking the spring water for their use…it’s free

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Housewife came in bicycle to collect spring water

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The outdoor display area (cask sheds) which showcases brewing tools of the past.

Sake cart

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The Japanese styled-garden outside Otokoyama brewery building

Japanese Garden

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Wheel’s of Fortune

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SOUN-KYO GORGE 層雲峡峡谷

From Asahikawa to Sounkyo George is about 1.5 hours by bus.

Soun-kyo Gorge is situated at the foot of Mt. Daisetsu-zan 大雪山, which is called the “roof of Hokkaido.”  The peak of mount Daisetsu zen is always covered in snow throughout the year.

The giant gorge, bordered by 100-meter-high cliffs formed by the erosion of tuff, stretches for 24 kilometers and forms the center of Daisetsu-zan National Park.

The hot spring area boasts of magnificent scenery and plentiful natural hot water, and attracts three million visitors a year.

Snow can be seen on the Mountain Summit all Year Round

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Hot spring bathing is available at the ryokan, several of which open their baths to non-staying guests during daytime and for typically around 1000 yen.

The Sounkyo Ropeway departs from next to the SounkyoVisitor Center in the recently redeveloped village center.  It is followed by a chair lift, which brings you to within a 1-2 hour hike of the summit of Mount Kurodake (1984 meters).

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ISHIKARI RIVER 石狩川

Beautiful River View from Hotel Room.  Stream connect to Ishikari River.

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Ishikari River 石狩川 is the longest river in Hokkaido.  At 268 kilometres in length.  The river has a drainage area of 14,330 square kilometres making it the second largest in Japan.

It rises from Mount Ishikari and flows through Asahikawa and Sapporo then fell into the Pacific Ocean.

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Ishikari River 石狩川, the Longest River in Hokkaido.

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Tonight, we clad in yukarta to enjoy a delicious Japanese dinner follow by a relaxing mineral hot spring bath

After dinner we went for our “soaking spree” at the hotel hot spring.  The onsen is huge with several hot spring baths, in-door and out-door with different degree, from 39ºC – 45ºC.  I soaked into the onsen one after another, of course in about 5 minutes interval in each of them.  My face was red the moment I went out to rest area to wait for Yee.  He enjoyed the onsen very much too.

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Link: Hokkaido Trip 北海道 Day 1

Link: Hokkaido Trip 北海道 Day 2

Link: Hokkaido Trip 北海道 Day 3

Link: Hokkaido Trip 北海道 Day 5

Link: Hokkaido Trip 北海道 Day 6

Link: Hokkaido Trip 北海道 Day 7

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    July 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    is it possible to share the ryokans you stayed in?

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