From Kushiro to Sapporo

15 & 16 May 2015 were final days of our trip in Hokkaido.

The hotel at Kushiro

The hotel at Kushiro

In the morning we took a scroll around the hotel before breakfast.  It was such a quiet morning that you could hardly hear any noise. It was overcast but the air was fresh and clean.

By 7am we entered the restaurant and discovered our breakfast was ready.  The Japanese always prepares everything on time and organised.

The breakfast

The breakfast

After travelling for 8 days in Hokkaido, our journey almost came to the end. Today we were on the way back to Sapporo. It was probably a long drive, we decided to take a break for lunch.

We arrived Tokachigawa 十勝川, one of the hot spring towns recommended on many tourist information sites.  Besides hot springs, you can also see swans between November and early April.

Tokachigaoka Park is located on a slope featuring a vast lawn area and a fun wooden playground facility.  At the centre of the park, there is a large flower clock called Hanack.

It was hard to find a decent restaurant unless you went into the hotels.  Recommended by the tourist information, at last we took our meal in a tiny farm-run restaurant opposite to Tokachigaoka Park called Komugibatake.  It provides lunch and supplies fresh food to the local community.  Many of the fruits and vegetables were labelled as organic.

 

Fruits and vegetables corner

Fruits and vegetables corner inside Komugibatake

Lunch at the farm-run restaurant

Lunch at the farm-run restaurant

Anyway, it was not a tourist season.  Everything was still in hibernation, waiting to wake up.

Soon we were driving on the highway towards the direction of Sapporo.  There were countless tunnels on the way.  Driving through tunnels was a terrible experience.  The strong daylight and the ambient light in the tunnels made you dizzy easily and confused.  Equally dangerous is that there is only one resting place after driving almost over an hour.  My advice is to drive slowly and take precautions all the time.

The resting place

The resting place

Finally we arrived Sapporo and checked in our hotel in the city centre near the main shopping malls and train station.  As usual, we went out to hunt for good food.  In Japan, delicious and cheap food are everywhere. A dinner set is like a piece of fine artefact. If you feel hungry, you will not hesitate to swallow all into your stomach.  But if you have time, try to spend some moment to observe the arrangement of every single serve.

The dinner

The dinner

In a word, there is nothing in Hokkaido that will disappoint you.  It is a place in which you are able to press your camera shutter to record numerous nice images of nature and people.  All depends on your eyes.

Buying a ticket

Buying a ticket

Featured image: The bikes .  Summicron-M 35mm, ISO200, f/4.8, 1/250 sec

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