Friday, 18 August 2017

Japan - Hokkaido : Noboribetsu (Jigokudani Hell valley)

Noboribetsu - Feb 2016

We took a short trip out of Sapporo towards Jigokudani (Hell Valley) at Noboribetsu.

Noboribetsu is part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park and have many types of hot spring water from Jigokudani (Hell Valley).

There are many walking trails through the wooden hills above Noboribetsu but some of them might not passable during winter.

There are ropes all over to assist visitors along the walking trails on the slippery icy path.

Then we walked to the town of Noboribetsu Onsen and booked for our onsen.

This was our onsen room with a window overlooking the forest covered with snow.

Noboribetsu (Jigokudani Hell valley)
1) Take JR from Sapporo to Noboribetsu JR station
2) From Noboribetsu JR station (Stop #N1) take bus to Noboribetsu Onsen bus terminal (Stop #N11) 
3)Walk to Jigokudani (hellvalley)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Japan - Hokkaido : Shiroi Koibito Park

Sapporo - Feb 2016

My bf is a huge fan of Shiroi Koibito chocolate biscuit and he insisted to go to the Shiroi Koibito Park in Sapporo where consists of a shop, cafe and restaurant and various chocolate related exhibits. Most interestingly there are a few large windows through which visitors can observe the cookie production process in the factory. Hands-on workshops also available where visitors can attend to create our own customized cookies.

We took a short walk from Miyanosawa Station

We reached the park early in the morning around 9+am and there was already a short queue infront of us. 

He loves it.

This is where they made all the shiroi koibito!

They are so hygienic that they covered themselves head to toe only exposing the eye area.

It was really interesting and intriguing to see how a chocolate biscuit is being made.

Looks like the rose in beauty and the beast. 864yen.

hands-on workshop

Perfect wedding cake

Shopping time!

Chocolate milk only sold in Hokkaido! MUST BUY! Creamiest chocolate milk ever.

Then we went out to take a look after taking a queue number at the restaurant on level 2.

The restaurant on level 2

It started to snow when we were leaving the park. It was so magical!

Shiroi Koibito Park
Take the Tozai Subway Line to its western terminus Miyanosawa Station (15 minutes, 280 yen, frequent departures from Odori Station), from where the park can be reached in a ten minute walk.