Visited the northern part of Japan a few weeks back and all I can say is it is amazing. Second favorite trip next to Europe (of course).
I’ll let the photos do the talking; but I’ll share some bits of information I got along the way as well. Enjoy!
Hokkaido’s one of those places you wouldn’t consider visiting. Trust me, this wasn’t even one of my bucket list to-go places, even if my family already planned on going a few years back. But then, the earthquake that happened in Japan hindered us that year so this year, we made sure to plan our vacation here.
Contrary to the bustling city life in Tokyo, Hokkaido is more laid back and quiet as it is situated way up in the countryside. The place boasts of so much natural sceneries that are picturesquely breathtaking.
Hokkaido is composed of several cities; I got to visit Chitose, Noboribetsu, Hakodate, Shiraoi, Usu-gun, Otaru and Sapporo, the province’s capital.
Beautiful interior inside our hotel. Actually, most hotels had something like this. I love the traditional set up.
It was cold despite the sun, and this is me trying to fight it.
Bikes everywhere. Suddenly, I think we’re the only ones who are not getting involved with the biking culture. (Manila, get with it!)
It was my mom’s birthday. We got her a cute cupcake from Shiroi Koibito park.
Best fast food joint in Hakodate, hands down.
Purikura and game stations in Tanukikoji. Yay for Purikura! o/
This huge Doraemon statue though, I just had to.
Here is a snippet of Daiso for you guys. 5 floors of heaven – for me, at least. Stationery, snacks, home decor, accessories…everything a craft freak like me wants in life is in this building of Daiso in Sapporo. I cannot.
And I spent so much time hoarding those 5 floors with my sister. We had to filter out the stuff that “we really need to buy”.
Managed to squeeze in some work at night time. This is the first trip that I’ve had work piled up for different clients and commitments, and I’m proud to say I finished them all! So yay. And how can you not with this cozy space? :-)
A+ packaging is always winning.
My brother is the (photo)bomb, lol. Here’s his “I’m so ready for the 7 layer ice cream” face.
This is heaven, can I just say. So freaking good, all seven layers.
Bears are adorable. I want to hug them, but then again, I might die, so nevermind, lol. They are huge.
These food stalls along the street serve the best seafood, I swear.
Read more about my gastronomic finds over at Pepper’s Hungry Wanderer.
Dropped by Hello Kitty Cafe & Charlie Brown Cafe in Korea during our connecting flight from Sapporo before heading back to Manila. So cute!
The week-long trip was not enough, but I’m hoping I’ll be back very soon. Actually, I’m promising myself I’ll head back to Tokyo sometime this year. That is, if I save up enough money with all the traveling I’m doing in the coming months, lol. But then again, I need my Japanese culture fix pronto!
Also check out my previous post summed up in squares – Hokkaido Travel Diary: Part 1.
To more adventures and explorations in the future. :)