A few days ago, I went on a small holiday with my wife to Hokkaido. In Kyoto the rainy season had started and the weather was hot and humid. From Kansai International Airport its just a 2 hour flight to the New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港). We had rented a car and set out to Sapporo (札幌) to have lunch and visit the “Tokeidai” (Sapporo Clock Tower-札幌時計台). We then set out to our final destination on Lake Tōya (洞爺湖). Lake Tōya is a volcanic caldera lake in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Abuta District, Hokkaidō, Japan. Lake Tōya was called Kim'un-to (キムウン (kim'un) means "in the mountain"and ト (to) means "lake") by the Ainu. We stayed at a hotel in small town of Toyako. From here we visited the Sōbetsu town (壮瞥町) and then headed for Shōwa-shinzan (昭和新山). Shōwa-shinzan is a volcanic lava dome in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Hokkaidō, Japan, next to Mount Usu. Nearby is the Ainu (アイヌ) museum, it's actually a large straw hut with some of the tools and artefacts of the Ainu. Heading now to Hakodate (函館) to experience the Night view from Mount Hakodate (函館山) renowned for its view of the surrounding bay and city. We also visited some of the landmarks, such as the Hakodate Orthodox Church, statue of Jo Neesima and of course the famous Hakodate waterfront and the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses (金森赤レンガ倉庫). On our last day we drove to the city of Yoichi (余市) and visited Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. Ltd. (ニッカウヰスキー株式会社) made famous by the recent NHK drama series. Before returning to New Chitose Airport we visited the port city of Otaru (小樽) and its famous Otaru Canal view. The city is also famous for its glass blowing and the Sakaimachi Street (境町通り) has many shops with some of the most beautiful glass ware. Hokkaido is so green and fresh, people are friendly and there is lots of sea food to enjoy! Really enjoyed my time there and I am planning on going back some time.
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Lake Tōya, Mount Usu, Shōwa-shinzan, Shōwa-shinzan Glass House, 昭和新山, 昭和新山ガラス館, 有珠山, 洞爺湖