You know, for the kids ;-) The digital age makes it possible for my daughter to enjoy the very same cartoons I enjoyed as a kid 30 years ago !
Our last lunch in Hokkaido before flying back to Tokyo : salmon-ikura-don. Not too bad for airport food. Come to think of it, you can often get excellent food at the airport in Japan !
Naoko enjoying her second year in beautiful Niseko. They broadcast some music on the ski tracks, so that’s why she also dances :D
As promised, some photos of one downhill run with my 5D in hand. Niseko really is an excellent place for skiing. In Annupuri, the tracks are wide, the snow is good and it’s a lot less crowded than on the other side of the mountain (Hirafu).
Yes I was brave enough to carry my SLR along on a ski run with the family. No strap, no bag, just my camera and my skis :) Next post will be on the actual downhill skiing in Niseko Annupuri.
Some fresh powder awaiting us ! Only problem : very strong wind !
A bit too cold to enjoy a walk (-20C) so a few photos from our bedroom taken before and after dinner. It started snow ing a lot while we were enjoying local delicacies…
Our favourite hotel so far in Niseko.
Two hours drive from Sapporo’s Shin Shitose Airport to Niseko… A nice landscape and a lot of snow on the way !
First lunch in Hokkaido, less than 15 min after landing ;-)
Back in Tokyo after 4 wonderful days of skiing and snowboarding in Hokkaido. Probably going to take us a week to recover from awfully aching muscles ! So in the coming week, stay tuned for more pictures of Niseko and apologies in advance if you don’t like snow, food and skiing… :D
Served in a restaurant in Hokkaido, naturally :-)
Fourth and last gallery of the weekend : the Hell Valley in Noboribetsu.
Third gallery of the weekend : Toya and its amazing Windsor Hotel, home to the extraordinary Michel Bras restaurant.
Second gallery of the weekend : Ferry Ride from Niigata to Otaru and the first few hours in Hokkaido around Otaru, on our way to Niseko.
First gallery of the weekend : Moerenuma Park in Sapporo
Looks like it’s going to rain all weekend here in Tokyo – it’s the rainy season after all – so I’ll upload my Hokkaido pictures on benoa.net : Sapporo, Otaru, Niseko, Toya, Noboribestsu…
Sea urchin – also locally known as uni – is one of my favourite sushi and I usually keep it last for desert, together with Ikura :-) This one from Hokkaido was delicious : mild and sweet… but also cost 800 Yen a piece !
And yes these sushis were as good as they look ! :-) In many ways, Hokkaido is probably the best part of Japan… I want to move up there !
First sight at the airport !
Good snow, reasonably priced, nice tracks and not too crowded: Niseko, see you next year ! :-)