It’s one of the most photographed places in Japan. Is this place worth the hype? If I miss hanging around with a massive crowd, this infamous Japanese lavender wonderland is totally the fix. Farm Tomita of Furano! Lavender & flower fields galore.
These cuddly, fluffy things are real and all naturally found in Akan Lake of Hokkaido, Japan! They looked soooo squishy 😀 They’re alive! Well, a spiritual moss ball?
This is a JR seasonal train. It only operates in July to September. Book in advance is essential.
Red crown crane (tsuru 鶴) has been one of my favourite animal to watch. They’re such graceful creatures. These birds do roam around all over Japan, but the easiest stop will be Kushiro. Kushiro is a small town to the east of Hokkaido. No fast train from major towns, 4.5 hours from Sapporo.
Do I need to say much? 😉 Photo loaded post.
Exclusively Hakodate, Hokkaido! Holy grail burger of Japan. This is a food coma post. See, happy food doesn’t have to cost £120+ 😉 I can’t take credit for finding this one. It was a tip from a local friend.
Romantic patch this one. Let’s walk around through my lens, shall we?
This beautiful day trip kicked off from the scenic train ride. Check this view from the train… (20min ride from Hakodate)
Onuma Quasi national Park, Nanae – 大沼公園, 七飯町 I loved this park. It was HUGE and plenty of paths to get lost in the woods. The lake was the central feature, even a wanderer like me couldn’t get completely lost.
Hakodate’s morning market 函館朝市. On the breakfast menu: fresh hanasaki crab 花咲かに (summer only), hairy crab and long leg monster crab.
The guy who helped me opening the hanasaki crab has mad skills. He cut the spikey shell into easily edible bites within 2min. **Don’t try this at home without a heavy duty glove. Those spikes can really hurt.
Need I say more? Beer tasting, beer history, how to make beer. It is all here in one place. Bonus: free entry!
Besides the well thought out exhibitions and cosy environment, it is worth mentioning that they have a lovely selection of exotic ice cream. Surprise find was their salt & black pepper flavour ice cream!! Must do for any self respecting foodie. Such an intriguing flavour.