I needed to have some late afternoon snacks: sugar… (T_T)
I went to magma (stone) spa to cancel out these late afternoon snacks.
Today, I started my day by visiting Toyako (Toya Lake) observatory.
Toyako is also a caldera lake like Shikotsuko (Shikotsu Lake).
Toyako area is famous for a hot spring area because Usuzan (Mt. Usu) is active as a volcano.
Showa Shinzan (Showa New Mountain) has proven that Usuzan is still active.
This 290 m high mountain is new; it was created 70 years ago in Japanese era, Showa 20 (1945).
Usuzan’s volcanic activity rose a flat wheat field into a mountain: Showa Shinzan!
I took a rooeway to take a good look at the atrio and summit of Usuzan, Showa Shinzan and Toyako.
On the way down, I managed to take a last look of Yoteizan and Toyako.
I don’t want to end this trip, but it’s time to return for Tokyo.
First, I took Hokuto 8 from Toya-eki (Toya Station).
At Shin Hakodate Hokuto-eki (Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station), changed to Hokkaido Shinkansen (Hokkaido Bullet Train), Hayabusa 24.
On 26 March 2016, the Shinkansen (bullet train) line was extended from Aomori, main island to Hokkaido.
It runs Seikan Tunnel (tunnel between Aomori and Hakodate, Hokkaido), under ocean for 54 km in 30 mins.
Usually I prefer a shorter traveling time; but for today, it means end of my Hokkaido trip and I want to enjoy longer.
I will plan to visit different areas of Hokkaido to enjoy great nature and delicious local food!
This hotel is located on the mountain so it made easy to protect VVIPs.
The hotel is overlooking Toyako (Toya Lake) and can enjoy view of Yoteizan (Mt. Yotei).
My room is facing at ocean with nice view of sunset.
After dinner, discovering hotel…
The hotel extended to build a hot spring bath that is why a hallway is so long to reach there; but it’s worth dipping for a good night sleep.
I love to have a glass of morning champagne♪
Oh no, it’s time to say Sayonara to the Windsor Hotel Toya.
I could see Yoteizan (Ezo Fuji: Hokkaido Mt. Fuji) in front of me while dipping in an open-air bath.
Sun just sat on the summit of Yoteizan like Diamond Head.
I felt energy rising in me as if I were charging from these great nature.
First, I stopped at Nikka Whisky Factory in Yoichi.
This place was used to shoot the drama so it’s fun to walk around remembering stories.
These cute whiskey barrels are everywhere!
Seriously, I wanted to spend more time there to appreciate these drink.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to take photos of breath taking rooms and furniture.
These are real and good craftsmen works.
Imagine this is just an entrance…
I shall enjoy fresh spring water tonight.
I will post about this hotel later.
I arrived Tomakomai Port exactly at 11:00 hrs.
First, visited the Northern Horse Park.
I patted few ponies thinking of my late Grandpa.
Hokkaido is famous for breeding race horses.
My Gramdpa looked forward for weekends to watch horse races.
He was a social player because he enjoyed calculating odds, not much of a gambler.
Dairy farming is one of major industries in Hokkaido.
I enjoyed milk and haskap (blue-berried honeysuckle) ice-cream, pudding, hot milk and iced coffee at the Kitchen K’s Garden.
Shikotsuko (Shikotsu Lake) is a caldera lake.
Shikotsuko is surrounded by mountains: Eniwadake (Mt. Eniwadake, top), Fuppushidake (Mt. Fuppushidake, bottom right) and Tarumaesan (Mt. Tarumae, bottom left).
Unfortunately, the summit of Tarumaesan is covered with clouds.
According to a tour guide, the summit looks like a bucket being placed upside down and it’s an active volcano!
We drove by Yoteizan (Mt. Yotei), also known as Ezo Fuji (Hokkaido Mt. Fuji).
Yes, it has Mt. Fuji’s shape.
I wish I were here for golf today…
Hotel expanded a shopping and restaurant area in the premise; walked around this area after a buffet dinner.
It’s nice to drink a glass of Niseko Ezo Porter Beer (Hokkaido local beer) and Niseko Highland Mountain Grape Wine (local sweet wine). fufufu