Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 7: Mitsui Outlet Mall and Last Day

breakfast at Mecure Sapporo Hotel

Another wonderful breakfast at Mecure Sapporo Hotel

October 8, 2016 ~ Day 7 in Hokkaido, Japan.

A week has passed by just like that!  Today’s itinerary was nothing more than a stop to the Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima and flying back to Hong Kong.

We started with a later morning than usual with checkout time at 9 a.m.   Continue reading


Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 6: Miniature Horse Farm, Sapporo Museum, and More Food in Sapporo

Daiichi Hotel views

View outside Daiichi Hotel

October 7, 2016 ~ Day 6 in Hokkaido, Japan.

Today, before leaving Daiichi Hotel, we had a amazing spread of breakfast downstairs in a dining room next to the one we had the Kaiseki dinner last night.

I was so impressed with the variety and spread of food that was available.   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 5: Waterfalls, Parks, and Public Onsens

Akan National Park

First view of Akan National Park in Hokkaido

October 6, 2016 ~ Day 5 in Hokkaido, Japan.

Day 5 of my Hokkaido trip and it was more of a tame day in terms of travelling and events I have to say.

Before leaving the hotel, we went for a second morning dip in the salt-based open air hot spring bath on the balcony.  It was great!   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 4: Museums and Parks Galore in Hokkaido!

Abashiri Prison Museum

Visiting the Abashiri Prison Museum

October 5, 2016 ~ Day 4 in Hokkaido, Japan.

Today was great and full of short excursions to interesting museums and pit stops.

Just before breakfast, we squeezed in another dip in the onsen hot spring bath.  This time, taking it in the morning meant a different feel and experience.   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 3: Snow Museum, Daisetsuzan National Park, and Private Onsen

Hokuten no Oka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

Hallway leading into our private suite at Hokuten no Oka Lake Abashiri Tsuruga Resort

October 4, 2016 ~ Day 3 in Hokkadio, Japan.

On the third day of our Japan trip in Hokkaido, we woke up early for another amazing breakfast downstairs on the third floor of the Mercure Hotel for a hot continental breakfast.  As I had already blogged about it on the second day of our trip, I raved about all the amazing selections that this continental breakfast buffet had.   Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude


Hokkaidō Shrine, Hokkaido, Japan. October 2016

I’m in the middle of editing my blog posts from when I went to Hokkaido in the fall of 2016. As such, I found a photo capturing the essence of ‘solitude’.  During Day 2 of our trip, we visited Hokkaidō Shrine.  For those of you who know, whenever you enter a Japanese shrine, there is a tradition and custom for all visitors to cleanse themselves at the chōzuya (or temizuya) with the provided ladle and holy water in a specific routine.   Continue reading

Hokkaido, Japan 2016 Day 1: Arrival in Hokkaido!

Hokkaido night life

The night life of Hokkaido city centre!

October 2, 2016 ~ Day 1 in Hokkadio, Japan.

My trip to Hokkaido began bright and early on Sunday, October 2, 2016.  We checked out of the hotel in Hong Kong and went to take the bus to the airport at 6 a.m. so that we could make it for our 9:25 a.m. flight to Hokkaido.

I’ve been to Japan twice before (Tokyo/Osaka/Mount Fuji, and Okinawa) but this was my first time going to the northern island of Hokkaido.   Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path

Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido, Japan. October 2016

This was the picturesque view while walking along the path at Shiretoko National Park in Hokkaido, Japan in October this year.  It was autumn time and the air was so crisp and fresh while strolling along this boardwalk.  I really enjoyed it. 🙂  

In other news, this year was definitely an interesting path to walk.  More details to come in the post tonight (:p) and on the last day of 2016. 🙂 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Magic

 tree of crystals

Snow Museum, Hokkaido, Japan. October 2016

Last month when I was vacationing in Hokkaido, Japan, one of the destinations on our itinerary was visiting the Snow Museum located in Asahikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture.  Inside of this museum there was a long winding staircase that led to a wishing fountain, a hallway full of glassed in icicles reminiscent of a winder wonderland, a cathedral fit for weddings, many magnificent dining rooms, and a gift shop, among many other things.  The entire space was very magical-like and reminded me of the setting in the movie Frozen.  One of the things I saw in the gift shop was this pretty little (Christmas) tree decorated with crystals.   Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

mini ramen bowls

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, Hokkaido, Japan. October 2016

This is not the best photo or representation of these cute little food figurines, but these are pieces of art work that are always tiny and miniature sized!  You may have seen them before in souvenir shops or art & craft stores but I always admire how creative and detailed these little pieces of works are.  They are tiny versions of the food that we eat!  Super cute. 🙂  These ones are miniature bowls of ramen, chirashi, and uni!    Continue reading