Hokkaido Travel Diary: Part 1

April 21, 2014 Filed Under: Travel Journal, Worldly Whereabouts 0 Comments

I figured it would still take me long to filter photos out from my camera (my OC ways never fail to amuse/annoy me) so here’s a short post on my trip to Hokkaido, Japan. It’s my last day today! /post travel depression incoming

Enjoy the photos! :)

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I’ve been to Tokyo and Osaka a few years ago, so we decided to head up north this time. Hokkaido is pretty laid back and undeveloped compared to the busy cities in central Japan. The province has quite a lot of mountains and active volcanoes, so it’s colder here. 

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Travel essentials (spot my new Punchdrunk Panda camera strap!)

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Lake Toya

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The food here is delicious and authentic that I would gladly eat rice every meal. Seafood abundance every meal, too, because of the fresh catch in this part of the country. So good.

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Notable food establishments include Lucky Pierrot, which is the McDonald’s counterpart in Hakodate. Their burger and ice cream though are incomparable to other fast food chains. (It makes me wonder how Asians can whip up really good Western food. Amazing.)

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Plump strawberries in season! <3

Typical buffet meals are in trays. That explains the photo below. 

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Explorer vibes. Visited lots of cities in Hokkaido in a span of 7 days. 

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Cool stamping station at Goryokaku Tower. For some reason, almost all places here have stamping stations – and for that, my travel notebook is quite happy!

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Otaku Canal

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Seven layered rainbow ice cream in Otaku. TOO GOOD. 

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Currently in Sapporo for our last stop. I have a feeling this city will be the best way to end this trip.

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Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade, where I ended up wandering by myself on the other side of the road and spent the last 10 minutes of free time hoarding at Daiso. Crafty things at cheap prices never fail to attract people like me.

And since that wasn’t enough, I went again today with my sister and look at this place. It’s heaven ;_; All pens cost 108 yen each (around P54). I got myself a fountain pen, fineliners and brush pens! So happy.

Also got to try Purikura with my sister for the first time! Too cute. 

Lots more photos and stories coming soon! Hope I could update as soon as possible (meaning: as soon as I get all my work done!). Also, super duper excited for my solo trip to Singapore this May.

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You know how sometimes there’s just this depressing feeling after a trip? I don’t know, I’m feeling like I’ll get it anytime soon. It probably sucks to think about reality again but I’d like to hopefully keep a more positive outlook this time, and know that this isn’t the end of my adventures. :) I hope I could get to see the world more in the years to come – and continue crossing off my 30 before 30 bucket list!

Any notable places you’d like to visit? :)

Abbey

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All photos taken using my iPhone 5 & post-processed via VSCO

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