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 percentThey 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 that
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 in BieiAnd the reason behind this visit…
I’ve done it…I’ve met my beloved alpacaA 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.
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 phoneIt 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 toysThere were lots of warm snacks too, like baked potatoes and croquettes and melon soft cream.
The weather had gotten even colder, so the baked potato was comfortingEverything 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 Furano
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 shop
7℃! But it had stopped snowing by the time we arrived in Furano.
This is Menkoi BearIt’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
After Furano Marche, we finally went for lunch around the corner. Guess what I had?
I can’t get tired of it. I really can’t
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 anotherIt amazed me to see convenience marts in the middle of nowhere—how do the employees commute?
Milk donut with simple yet the cutest packagingI 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 that
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.
Well then. See you next post