Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hokkaido 2017: Day 4 私のデー


Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade 狸小路商店街

Don Quijote ドン・キホーテ on the right!

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade
http://www.sapporo.travel/find/shops/tanukikoji_shopping_arcade/?lang=en

Day 4 was a free and easy day. We spent the late morning and noon exploring Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade, which is a 1km stretch of non-stop shopping. You have the super-duper awesome drugstores, clothes, souvenirs, food/ snacks... Basically everything is there, including Don Quijote (Free Wi-Fi.)! This place is also linked to the Sapporo Underground Shopping Malls, which means more shopping! Haha. You really can spend an entire day here but I decided to explore Sapporo a little more so I headed to...


Along the way.

Odori Park 大通公園

Sapporo TV Tower さっぽろテレビ塔
I want to try on a kimono the next time!

Odori Park
http://www.sapporo-park.or.jp/odori/en/

Sapporo TV Tower
https://www.tv-tower.co.jp/en/

Odori Park, where Sapporo TV Tower is! The park, though small, is beautifully littered with flowers. There's a water fountain right in the middle and people sit around it to enjoy ice-cream. For the TV Tower, you can actually go up to the observation deck and get a bird's eye view of the city. And then, there's the Information Centre and Official Shop where you can get complimentary maps and travel guides in various languages. And that was where I discovered...

Along the way.
The Old Hokkaido Government Building 赤れんが庁舎

The Old Hokkaido Government Building
http://www.sapporo.travel/find/culture/former_hokkaido_government_office/?lang=en

The Old Hokkaido Government Building, which was built in 1888 and is a symbol of Sapporo. It houses several rooms of exhibits relating Hokkaido's history and the ongoing Kuril Islands dispute among Japan, Russia and the Ainu people. It was a tad heavy to end the day with, but history buffs will definitely have a good time here. ◡̈

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Hokkaido 2017 Diary 北海道の日記
Day 0: Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.+ Arriving at Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)
Day 1: Volcanoes + Best Ramen + Best Hotel Everrr (Chitose → Noboribetsu → Lake Toya)
Day 2: Prettiest fields + Yummilicious cakes in Otaru (Lake Toya → Otaru → Sapporo)
Day 3: Shiroi Koibito Park + Outlet window-shopping (Sapporo)
Day 4: Pretty flowers + Telly Tower + Red bricks (Sapporo)

(For more photos, please check out my Instagram @charlenejudith.)

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Hokkaido 2017: Day 3 白い恋人パーク + たくさんアイスクリーム


My Shiroi Koibito Park 白い恋人パーク passport

Shiroi Koibito Park's Oompa Loompa

To carry around wherever you go. Keep out of reach of children.

Darth Vader wants Shiroi Koibito too.
Shiroi Koibito Park
http://www.shiroikoibitopark.jp/english/

The first half of Day 3 was spent exploring the factory that churns out everyone's all-time favourite biscuits. When you first arrive, you will be given your very own Shiroi Koibito passport to help guide you around the factory and also, tell you about the biscuit's history... Which was very Project Work-ish. Hahaha. Anyway, it was really cool to see the factory workers doing quality control on the biscuits. And gosh, just look at those squares of goodness! ♡ ♡ ♡


The super Instagram-worthy garden outside.

Dad and Mum garden-happy.

Welcome to Ouran Highschool Host Club's French Garden Party.

Dad and his ice-cream.

The garden outside the factory is divided up into different themes, such as Gulliver Town and Rose Garden. Tons of spots for that perfect selfie/ OOTD shot. Everyone was just snapping away but the Lee family decided to get Shiroi Koibito ice-cream instead. Haha. I can't quite remember the taste... It was yummy but it wasn't anything that I couldn't get elsewhere, so you might want to save your sugar intake for cakes and cream puffs instead. Heh.


Ramen from the food court stall with the longest queue, but of course.
Ice-cream again!

Chitose Outlet Mall Rera
http://www.outlet-rera.com/english/

We spent the rest of the day at Chitose Outlet Mall Rera. My family didn't buy much but people around us were holding big bags so if you're into brands, this is the place for you. I spent a lot of time examining the drugstore shelves and looking at food and then, this happened.

Me: すみません、はさみ(つ) hasami ワインがありますか? (Do you have scissors wine here? Meant to say 'honey 蜂蜜 hachimitsu'.)
店員: ????????????!

My Japanese is so bad. :\ Studying this afternoon. (•̀o•́)ง

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Hokkaido 2017 Diary 北海道の日記
Day 0: Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.+ Arriving at Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)
Day 1: Volcanoes + Best Ramen + Best Hotel Everrr (Chitose → Noboribetsu → Lake Toya)
Day 2: Prettiest fields + Yummilicious cakes in Otaru (Lake Toya → Otaru → Sapporo)
Day 3: Shiroi Koibito Park + Outlet window-shopping (Sapporo)
Day 4: Pretty flowers + Telly Tower + Red bricks (Sapporo)

(For more photos, please check out my Instagram @charlenejudith.)

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hokkaido 2017: Day 2 美味しかったケーキを食べった!


Lake Hill Farm レイクヒル・ファーム

Hokkaido's Li'l Sebastian

Rabbit stood up because he thought my phone was food. :\

A goat named Yuki.

Straight out of a postcard.

Nooo, my finger! ಥ_ಥ But look at the pretty Mount Yōtei!

Paper cow goes to Lake Hill Farm.

Lake Hill Farm
http://www.lake-hill.com/html/info/index.html

Day 2 saw us bidding the Lake View Toya Nonokaze Resort goodbye very reluctantly, but we were excited for new adventures and so, we headed to Lake Hill Farm. Lake Hill Farm is famous for its very fresh and unique/ seasonal ice-cream flavours but unfortunately, we didn't have any!!! ಥ_ಥ We were quite taken by the animals instead. Haha. Well, it isn't everyday that I get to see horses, rabbits and goats really up-close. Heh. Anyway, the place was really pretty. It was spacious, not crowded, temperature was so good and the view was just so, so soothing.


Otaru Canal 小樽運河

Otaru Canal
http://www.city.otaru.lg.jp.e.go.hp.transer.com/kankou/miru_asobu_tomaru/kankosisetu/otaruunga.html

Otaru was our next stop and it's more of a city so there were more people, but still not as crowded as Singapore. Gosh, now that I think about it, it was actually quite therapeutic to be away from crowds. I'm more of a city person, so I'm full-time in Singapore and part-time in Bangkok haha, and there are always crowds and it can get quite draining..

Anyway, the above canal used to be part of the city's busy port during the first half of the 20th century, but took a rest permanently when technology came along. So right now, museums, shops and restaurants line the sides of it. (source) There were a couple of artists sketching the scenery and selling their work.


One of the streets in Otaru.

Live seafood.

Sakaimachi Street
http://en.otaru-sakaimachi.com

Otaru also has this street called Sakaimachi Street 境町通り. I wasn't looking out for signboards so I don't know where we walked to but we definitely walked through that street. There are may shops selling souvenirs, especially those that are made from glass. And we visited the famous Music Box Museum that's on the southern end of Sakaimachi Street. It is this massive building of intricately-designed musical boxes and nothing else. I was a little too concerned with not breaking any of them so no photos heh, but do take a look if you are in that area. It was kind of like a fairytale, really. (▰˘◡˘▰)



Double Fromage

Double Plate - Double Fromage, Chocolate Double and Venezia Rendezvous

LeTAO PATHOS
https://www.letao.jp/global/en/sp/shop/pathos.php

And cakes, WOHOO!!! The sister and I were looking forward to this because we caught a food programme on the plane and the guy was just gushing about LeTAO so much. I don't know what the first dessert is called but they were all so fluffy and fresh! If you're going to eat a couple of cakes though, because everything's like so nice and you can't make up your mind, do order the hot cocoa to help cleanse your palate before the next sweet dish. At least, that was what the guy suggested. And I did order the hot cocoa but I can't really remember much of it. I can, however, remember how much I wished that the Double Fromamge came in a bed version and you know, it's like you're sleeping on clouds, you wake up, take a bite and go right back to sleep. Mmhmm... Hahaha. #dreamsnevercometrue #becausetheyareunrealistic

Anyway, for those who don't know, LeTAO is actually in Singapore! Not the café, but we can buy the signature Double Frommage, chocolates and biscuits. It is more expensive but if you consider air fare, accommodation... It's actually pretty alright. :D Thinking of getting the Matcha one this Saturday, mmhmm! :DD

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Hokkaido 2017 Diary 北海道の日記
Day 0: Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.+ Arriving at Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)
Day 1: Volcanoes + Best Ramen + Best Hotel Everrr (Chitose → Noboribetsu → Lake Toya)
Day 2: Prettiest fields + Yummilicious cakes in Otaru (Lake Toya → Otaru → Sapporo)
Day 3: Shiroi Koibito Park + Outlet window-shopping (Sapporo)
Day 4: Pretty flowers + Telly Tower + Red bricks (Sapporo)

(For more photos, please check out my Instagram @charlenejudith.)

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