S: February 5-11, 2011 - 7 Days/5 Nights Hokkaido, Japan
FC: 7 Days/5 Nights Winter Adventure Hokkaido, Japan February 5-11, 2011
1: Sunday, February 6, 2011 - Sapporo | It was snowing heavily at Sapporo Chitose airport. We stayed at the Renaissance for two nights.
2: Monday, February 7, 2011 - Otaru & Sapporo | Sapporo Snow Festival poster The Toyohira River
3: It is now a tourist designation. | The seaport town of Otaru | Old canal and warehouses | A town with charms and endless shops to explore
4: Many sweet shops, Sake Bar, Ice Creamery, Music Box and glass works.
6: We had shabu shabu for lunch w/ Asahi beer. | Afternoon, the tour went to Okurayama Olympic ski jump, the Ous went on their own to see the ice sculptures at Sapporo.
7: The Hokkaido Shrine - (Hokkaido Jingu) is a Shinto shrine located in Maruyama Park Old City hall, and Tokeidai (Clock Tower)
8: James and Melody roamed the city to view the ice and snow sculptures during the afternoon.
10: The main snow sculptures were located at Odori Park in the city. The ice sculptures were held at near by Ekimae-dori.
11: Plenty of vegetables for the hotpot | Crab legs for the hotpot | Seafood on hot plate | Crab roes on a shell | Sashimi shrimp | Baked mixed crab meat in a shell
12: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - Sapporo to Niseko | A photo with our tour guide Ellen Chiang in front of faked Mt. Yotei
13: We stopped by Kyogoku Fubuki Park to enjoy the freshest water. First we had to crossed a suspension bridge with a beautiful winter snowy view. | The running brook cascaded down with snow covering all the landscapes. The world is simply black and white in color.
15: We rode the snowrafting at the Hilton Niseko village. Others rode the snowmobiles. It was fun ! | Relaxed in the lobby fireplace | Enjoyed coffee drinks | An art work display | HiltonJapanese restaurant | Hot pot | Soup
16: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - Niseko to Hakodate | Hilton Niseko Village ski area | It is also called Ezo Fuji | The conical Mt. Yotei ( Shiribeshiyama ) | The new mountain Shyowashizan created by volcano eruption. The white smoke is still rising up.
18: We arrived at Toya Lake. Enjoy lunch at the Toya Sun Palace hotel and then a pleasant boat cruise of the lake.
20: Board express train @Toya station going to Hakodate | The Windsor hotel at Lake Toya hosted the 2008 G8 Summit meeting
21: The Ropeway cable car to the summit. | At the Observation platform. | The actual ($50,000 ?) view on a snowy night. | The "Million Dollar" view on a clear day.
22: We stayed at the traditional styled Yunokawa Prince Nagisatei hotel with Tatami floor and private hot spring bath. Excellent Sea Food dinner.
23: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - Hakodate to Noboribetsu | Waves pounding the snow covered beach. | Private hot spring onsen bath right outside your balcony over looking the ocean.
24: We went up the observation tower on the site of Goroukaku. The star shaped Fort Goroukaku was constructed in Hakodate from 1857 to 1864 as Japan's first western style fortress. After we went to the Hakodate Morning Market | The Observation tower | The cannon in the fort | The real Last Samurai - Hijikata Toshizo who dies fighting here
26: We have lunch at a traditional joint with Tatami floor. Afterward, the tour took us to Onuma Quasi National Park. It is a swamp during the warm seasons and now it turned into frozen lake in winter.
29: Friday, February 11, 2011 - Noboribetsu - Sapporo - Home | Noboribetsu Grand hotel | Shikotsu-Toya National Park Jigokudan - The Valley of Hell | We walked a long and icy path down to the hot spring geyser.
30: Left the snow-capped mountains behind | Ladies with Ellen at Chitose | Our tour bus driver | Cold bento boxes for sale | Our plane was waiting | Homeward bound, Sayonara. Japan!