We just returned from a short trip to Hokkaido yesterday!
I’ve been to Hokkaido 3 times previously, but it’s my first time visiting Hokkaido in summer! Previously it was always winter, winter, winter. Admittedly, Hokkaido is beautiful in winter, but I’ve always wanted to see it during other seasons, especially summer!
Because Hokkaido in summer means…
Such gorgeous colors!!! :3
I’m glad we finally got to go Hokkaido (in summer) this year!
But what’s even better is that… this was an all-expenses paid trip for the both of us! :D
So this is what being sponsored feels like. I have to say…
I LIKE IT.
Very muchly so. Haha!
I was asked where I wanna go in Hokkaido, and my head immediately rattled off replies like a machine gun. However due to time constraints, this was our eventual itinerary:
♥ Arrival at New Chitose Airport – Drive to Furano (~2 hrs)
♥ Furano – Lavender farms
♥ Check-in at New Furano Prince Hotel
♥ Explore Ningle Terrace
♥ Night-walking tour
♥ Dinner – Local cuisine (we ate bear meat! :O )
♥ Whitewater rafting
♥ Drive to Hakodate (~6 hours)
♥ Check-in at La Vista Hakodate Bay (supposedly has the best breakfast)
♥ Dinner – SEAFOOD! (best sea urchin I’ve ever eaten)
♥ Drive up Mount Hakodate (one of the famed Top 3 night scenery spots in Japan)
♥ Asaichi Seafood Market
♥ Goryoukaku Tower
♥ Playing in the sea ♪
♥ Lunch – Famous Hakodate ramen!
♥ Trappistine Convent
♥ Departure from Hakodate Airport
On hindsight, it was a mistake to drive from Furano to Hakodate. It’s so bloody far! We only had about 52 hours in Hokkaido, and 6 hours was spent on a single trip alone. That’s more than 10%!
But this was what the travel agent put together from the requests I listed, so we just went along with it.
All in all, I’m still mega happy I got to see lavender in Hokkaido! That’s one more item off the bucket list! :D
I’ll be posting about parts of the trip in the coming days!