☆ Hokkaido: Biei & Furano


I spent the last day of the Hokkaido trip in Biei and Furano! They were on the way from Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport, so we made a stop at each place.

Biei and Furano are beautiful. Times a thousand percentLoveThey were so many farms and hills, and no tall buildings at all. And it snowed! It was the best drive ever, travelling along the snow-paved roads.


Just look at thatlove

Long before the trip I’d always wanted to visit the flower farms that Furano and Biei were famous for. The best time for visiting however, is during the summer months when all the colourful flowers are in bloom. It was already October so I knew I’d missed the flower season and there wouldn’t be much left, but there was still one farm I wanted to go to anyway.

Shikisai no Oka

Shikisai no Oka in BieiRabbitAnd the reason behind this visit…

Alpaca in Shikisai no Oka

I’ve done it…I’ve met my beloved alpacaalpacaA whole pen of them. They were all shuffling around, eating nonstop. There were even vegetable baskets you could buy for ¥100 to feed them in their pen.

Alpaca Shikisai no Oka

It’s possible that I took the most pictures at this place. Every time the alpacas so much as twitched I snapped away with my phonealpacaIt was hard not to get overexcited when surrounded by a whole bunch of warm fluffy creatures.

Aside from the alpaca enclosure I enjoyed the souvenir shop too, with all its precious alpaca stuffed toyshappyThere were lots of warm snacks too, like baked potatoes and croquettes and melon soft cream.

Baked Potato

The weather had gotten even colder, so the baked potato was comfortingyeyEverything they served was grown on the farm itself. Even with the frosty weather I loved walking around the farm. The flowers were all covered in snow, but that made for pretty scenery just as much.

After Shikisai no Oka, we continued on to Furanokira

It was almost lunch time but we stopped by Furano Marche, a charming little complex of natural Furano products. They had a farmers’ market, a sweets café, a food court and a souvenir shopneko

Furano Marche

7℃! But it had stopped snowing by the time we arrived in Furano.

Menkoi Bear

This is Menkoi BearhappyIt’s a kind of bear-shaped sponge cake made with Furano wheat, and comes in a variety of different fillings like custard, chestnut, red bean, melon cream and several others. I bought a box of six bears and doled them out in the car during the later part of the journey, because they’re small and really handy to munch on.

By the way, ‘menkoi’ means cute in Hokkaido dialect森ガール+顔+女の子_m

After Furano Marche, we finally went for lunch around the corner. Guess what I had?

Curry Rice

I can’t get tired of it. I really can’teat

Out of all the curry rice I ate in Hokkaido, this was my favourite. The curry was the thickest, the rice was the fluffiest, and that’s why I had to have curry rice for about the sixth time. Texture is everything! Those potatoes practically give it a new dimension. Like it’s a work of art. Or something.


It was time to head back to the airport after that. We (well, my dad) drove for about two hours through the mountainside, and we played music in the car and talked. It was like something out of a road trip movie haha.

But that’s what made it so memorable—I never get to go on long drives like that at home. In two hours you can probably cross my entire country. In Hokkaido it was more like from one mountain to anotherhmmIt amazed me to see convenience marts in the middle of nowhere—how do the employees commute?

Milk Donut

Milk donut with simple yet the cutest packagingHappyI ate it on the plane back to Tokyo.


Well it took me a whole month, but…that’s the last of my Hokkaido posts! I’ve been busy with school so I couldn’t blog often, but when I did get down to it I had a lot of fun going through and editing the photos I took. The good thing about using the iPhone is that pictures can’t get any more candid than thatgirl

I actually had another day in Tokyo after I returned from Hokkaido, but I think I want to save the pictures and such for other posts.

thank you


Well then. See you next postwave



2 Responses to “☆ Hokkaido: Biei & Furano”

  1. 1 lmjapan November 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    So happy for you that you got to see your alpaca, they have such sweet expressions on their faces! And even though it snowed, there were still some flowers to be seen, amazing. Those snacks must have tasted delicious if they were fresh from the farm. Yum, that huge pat of melted butter in the middle of the hot potato! Those little Menkoi bears are so cute, I ate some Hello Kitty shaped pastries similar to those at Odaiba when we were in Tokyo. Curry! I’ll never get tired of it either. Well, at least the ones in Japan. Even though we have curry shops here in So Cal, it just doesn’t taste the same. I have it maybe once every couple of months, tops. Hope school is going good, do you get a break for winter? Looking forward to your next post on Tokyo!

    • 2 Miu November 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      They’re so adorable~ The enclosure was right in the middle of the flower fields, so I had a good walk through them. The snow made everything look like a postcard! Yes, everything was freshly grown and served (*^^*) The sweet part is seeing how proud the farmhands are in using their own produce.

      I fall for any snack/pastry that’s shaped like some creature or another♡

      Curry might just be a staple food as much as rice is! Haha. Yeah, I really miss the one in Japan too.

      Thank you (*´ω`*) Actually in Singapore it’s summer all year round so we don’t get seasonal vacations, but I still have a Christmas break~

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