It was a not too bad drive to Haneda, boarding an ANA flight. However, time taken was note than anticipated, we grabbed breakfast from Starbucks, which is nicely located close to gate-57. Takeaway style is available. Lovely arrangement indeed when needed. Look forward to driving Honda N1 Box model. Its has a height that would not clear Tokyo’s tower parking places. Not convenient for me as I do so 6 out of 10 times. Wonder if school holiday season has begun, quite a number of children are on board.
We arrived at Chitose airport when 3 others that boarded the same flight. Wonderful to meet after many years.
A lot of uphill holes on 2nd half. Didn’t play that well but it was an enjoyable game, with a rookie in flight.
Very nice day /had a chance to play as a ladies’ group / won championship – handi 24, score 99, beating 2 others with same total but got a lower handi. JP style hidden hole special handi. Haven’t got prize for a while but certainly nice this past month. got a prizes for kicking a designated goal number, FIFA event by Zoff, a spec shop in JP.
Prize was given to me earlier as we had to go pick up car at Chitose airport. Too bad to miss the jokes. Headed for Tomakomai with my hoped for Honda N1 Box car, where we already had a reserved table for dinner of seafood, tried chippu a fresh water fish only available for about 2 months in this season. Too bad nature of law denied me the full of enjoyment. I was looking forward to enjoying JP sake then…….
Checked out after relaxing morning and decided to go try visiting Tarumae san (mount), which we gave up yesterday because I needed to find a WC…… There was a queue to parking area at 7-go (level). It was a nice, spectacular drive on route-141.
We then headed for lake fun area but decided to not go in as I won’t be able to stay up long enough for fun time as planned even after paying a parking charge of ¥400- per entry. had to miss the boat rowing plan and glass bottom boat ride that I so looked forward to prior. 😢. The hotel was so sweet as to allow us a room 2 hours earlier than noted, as we arrived early due to sudden plan change. We had soothing siesta on tatami room, and I did feel better. Such a hospitality. The hotel has lake cruise also which I hope to get on in our next visit……… Surely want to see the lake n her clear water…….fishes……..
We had an offer of private onsen room, all with lake view. Fantastic n lovely for me. At the least I could enjoy the natural n high iron content bath. The private onsen would cost ¥2,500- for 50 minutes.
Moved off towards Koke no Domon, then tried Tarumae san again. This time has no queue but trekking was needed even to get to panorama view point. Gave up on this time. WC at parking area has no main door, thus bees n insects were flying around / should easily take up 5+ hours / but should be lovely nature discovery trip with the right gear, especially for bear alarm.
Koke no Domon also needed 20 minutes walk to the viewpoint on volcanic sand. I think beach slipper will be great choice as shoe also. Lots of hairy worms on ground, which could be because of season (July, nearing summer time in Hokkaido). I had wet tissue to clean my leather shoe after the visit.
Too bad, the valley is now closed to public for safety reason. Postcard billboard of inner valley are put up at what used to be the entrance to the valley. It would have been spectacular if we could walk into the valley personally.
Drove back to Chitose airport was lovely, especially down from Tarumae san, the road was lined with forest trees on both sides for a while, and next to Lake Shikotsu. Apparently it is one of the panoramic driving road in JP. After the forest road, there is a portion of straight wider road as well, with nice view as well.
We made our way back to designated petrol station, where after filling in, we had to get a stamp from the station also. I imagine it is for kick back purpose. The location is good though, just about 5 minutes drive away.
A free bus to airport took us there. A had to work, I took the chance to tour the airport after taking a lunch time rest – kani miso ramen. Visited Doraemon Museum, enjoyed photographing shops and exhibits in the arcade. Wish I had more time for the onsen, which I heard has great view. i would say, Chitose airport is quite a fun place especially for first time visitor.
For the JP sojourners, do buy some fresh seafood and konbu (dried seaweed) to bring home.