Hokkaido, a desired country in one of my holiday check list.—- Now, it is definitely checked with a tick at the side and not just a white blank box.
On 26 Dec 2013, I scoot off to Tokyo and this is when my ‘336 hours in Japan’ holiday, or rather, JOURNEY begins. In this well-planned, budget holiday, I had included Hokkaido to be one of the state land of Japan that I will visit. (This trip is two weeks, obviously it has to be EPIC!)
Airline: Jetstar Airways
Accommodation: Shinsetsu Apartment (2 bedroom, 1 bathroom)—- by Holiday Niseko
Check out what housings they offer here: http://holidayniseko.com/ *Best travel agency I had encountered.
Duration: 4 Day 3 Nights
#Day 1: A not-so-dreadful Travelling route to PowderLand.
This is in fact our 6th day in Japan.
We got our ass up early from the comfy bed to take the Shinjuku highway bus back so as to transfer to the express train, NEX (which takes about 1hr and 30 mins long) to reach Narita Terminal 2 Airport.
To be specific, we had our eyes wide open at 6am.
I’m surprisingly not that tired or sleepy. LOL
By the time we reached the airport, it’s about 11am.
So, the same procedure of airport check in. Did some last minute souvenir shopping before we head off to take the bus ride to our small plane.
Did I not mentioned that Japanese are extremely welcoming and courteous?! Despite the cold weather, this guy still stood there and greeted each and everyone of us. *Salute*
The short haul flight to Hokkaido took about 2hours.
To think we had finally reach powderland, there was still another 3hours of bus ride up to the mountain, Niseko Village. #dreading
We sat the plane and bus seats till our asses got all numbed.
Welcome centre of Niseko Village.
As soon as we got off the bus, the ground was SLIPPERY! My boots were drowning in the white, powdery substance called SNOW. My feet are stepping on them that left marks of my boot prints and each of my steps, forming a path. I could sense shivers down my spines. Excited, elated, fascinated– heart jumping in joy. For God’s sake, I am feeling SNOW! For the very first time in my lifetime, SNOW!!!
And something magical happened, my face starts to feel ice. Initially, I thought I was just cold. My face was probable just freezing. But no, white soft flakes like feather were falling from the dark endless ceiling. It did not stop. It was so beautiful.
I am in Winter Wonderland. Indeed.
We waited for the mini white van to pick us to our accommodation. Surprisingly, the driver speaks English. Okay, finally someone that speaks our language. What’s more surprising is the fact that, HOLIDAY NISEKO are established by Australians! #wowfact
Australians are really nice people. Polite and Fun. I love Australians. 🙂
Our accommodation, Shinsetsu apartment—- FANCY, COSY, CLEAN, ATAS. (beats 5 star hotels!) And the rate of the room aint’t expensive at all.
Here’s some pictures to prove my words ain’t exaggerating:
Wide space living room connected with an open kitchen.
Staircase that leads to a platform of 2 bedrooms and bathroom.
Toilet bowl room is separated from Shower room.
We settled down in our rooms for an hour before stepping out to find food! Highly recommended by our driver (also person in charge of us), we decided to listen to him and dine at this RAMEN shop.
It is a two storey building that sells delicious ramen and rice at the bottom and a souvenir shop of Hokkaido at the top.
The exterior and interior of the ramen shop.
Been travelling for more than half a day, we were famished!
So here’s what we ordered:
This is a RAMEN shop, so what’s famous should be the RAMEN right? But no, for me, I would recommend any of you to try their FRIED PORK RICE. That’s right, the image above. #It’ssoyummythatIthinkIamgonnadie. Period.
The stroll back home was long, tiring and slippery.
Even so, I can’t wait for sunrise to let me see the appearance of ‘SNOW WHITE’.
( Continue on the next post)…