Hokkaido - share photos of this snowy kingdom

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  1. JALPak
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    Hokkaido is the northern part of Japan. It is the second largest island. The region is famous for its natural heritage and of course snow during winter. It also has some of the freshest and best seafood in Japan. Lets create a visual travelogue of Hokkaido!


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    Otaru Canal (Otaru Unga)

    It used to be a central part of the city's busy harbor in the first half of the 20th century but has now become obsolete. But part of the canal was beautifully restored in the 1980s instead of being landfilled, while the warehouses were transformed into shops, cafes, museums and restaurants.

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    My favorite Hokkaido photo... the "akarenga-cho" (old government building) in Sapporo

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    This is not quite Hokkaido, but still worth sharing. From Mutsu at the north end of Aomori, a Japanese military Self-Defense Forces recruiting sign:

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    um...you should start a new thread for that region. I am sure others will be interested in sharing/viewing pictures of them (I wanna go there next :p)
     
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    Garden of the Ishiya Chocolate Factory

    Everything looks so calm. Little did I know I will be covered with snow minutes later thanks to the snowballs attacks by the lovely MPers on JAL board :eek:

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    Air Do 767 pulling into CTS on a fine spring day.

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    Sapporo German Christmas Market. Only available around Christmas month at Odori Park. There are German food and wine, and souvenirs

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    Sapporo White Illumination is the annual event held at the Odori Park telling people that the beautiful snow season is coming. This started from end of Nov till Feb. Below is one of the sponsors of the event and is the only reason why I visit there.

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    Noboribetsu Jigokuani, aka Hell Valley, is located just above the town of Noboribetsu Onsen. It displays hot steam vents, sulfurous streams and other volcanic activity and is a main source of Noboribetsu's hot spring waters.

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    Sapporo JR Tower. You can go to the top level to view the entire city and...

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    enjoy the view when you pee. They will start playing music of running water once you step close to the urinal.

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    and poo too.

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    Sapporo Beer Factory?
     
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    Yes, forgot the caption :oops:
     
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    Thanks for fixing that :) NO beer tasting at this museum right? :p
     
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    REBUN ISLAND PART I

    A couple of hours away by ferry from Wakkanai is Rebun Island. A bit off the beaten track, this is a place where you can get away from it all and yet meet some of the craziest people you can find in Japan.

    Ferry from Wakkanai to Rebun Island from Wakkanai Port
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    The hills at the southern end of Rebun. Nestled in the valley is Momoiwa-so Youth Hostel, famous for the crazy gatherings that take place here in the evenings. Open only from June to September.
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    Momoiwa-so Youth Hostel
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    Inside is nice and cozy
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    REBUN ISLAND PART II

    In front of Momoiwa-so is a rock formation looking much like the arched back of a cat gazing over the sea. Aptly named Neko-iwa, "cat rock".
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    With Momoiwa-so as a base you can hike the length of Rebun Island. It's a 30km trek over hills, through forests and beside sea cliffs.
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    Something to wake up at 5AM in the morning for: unidon using freshly gathered uni from Sato Baiten!
    The shop also sells sea lion meat, and for those less adventurous, scallops and other "regular" seafood.
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    Sapporo Beer Factory.

    This is a real factory that they make the Sapporo Beer from. Thanks to Simon on JAL forum, we got VIP treatment at the factory and unlimited beer at the end of the tour. Special thanks to our interpreter fumitani and KIXman for translating the tour for us :)


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    Summer time at Odori Park near the Sapporo TV Tower. A bunch of kids is having their picnic there


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    and thatnks to Chris_Li who had gotten a bit.. off :)
     
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    Garden of the Ishiya Chocolate Factory during summer time. No snow, just greens :)

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    Big buddhist statue on top of the building in Susukino, Sapporo (Simon and fumitan's favorite place)

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    Impressive collection of photos

    I shall have to add something to this when I get back home.
     
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