Lake Toya

Date:  Dec 17, 2015

After our skiing trip @ Rusutsu Resorts, we continue our journey on guided tour arranged by Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.  This time, we have a English speaking tour guide.

This is our itinerary.

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And since we have two families, 8 person, the travel agency arranged a mini-bus for us.

And this is our mini-bus for the next 4 days.

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Meet our English speaking tour guide who is going to follow us for the next 4 days along with the mini-bus.  She is Ms. Tomoko-san.

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This is his email and contact.

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She is so good that she even prepare child friendly, drawn by her, information about Hokkaido and Japan and explain patiently about Hokkaido to the kids.

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This is my travel agency.  Ms. Misa Kawata is my holiday planner in Hokkaido.

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Our first stop is the Volcano museum.  Japan is a country that is full of active Volcano.  So, the kids can learn everything about Volcano here.

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This is the remaining of the bent railroad almost destroyed during one of the Volcano eruption.

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Then, we have lunch in one of the restaurant here in Lake Toya.

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Wow, nice view.

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In the afternoon, we visited Mt. Uso Ropeway.

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This is like sitting in a cable car and go up the mountain so that you can view the the active Volcano from Mt. Uso.

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This is the active volcano.

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Jay Jay love taking this ropeway cart.

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You can see the volcano from here.

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I remember we went down to see the volcano opening last year.

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This is the panoramic view on top of Mt. Uso.

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At the bottom of Mt. Uso there is a bear park.

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You can see bear in here.

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There is a lot of bear here.

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Lots of bears.  Bears is waving hand to you.  Feed them please.

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Feed the bear.

Young Kay feed the small bears.

After that, before we checked in hotel, the tour agency arranged for 2 person from our group to make glass art piece from blowing the glass.  This is done at Gla Gla.

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We have decided to let the kids to try blowing the glass.  It shall be Jay and Kayden.

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The process of making glass.

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Blowing the glass.

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Don’t play play, Jay Jay now has the experience of blowing glass and make himself the art pieces.  And he really blow the glass out.

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For more info on this and videos, please see here.  http://miniliew.org/2015/12/26/hokkaido-2015-jay-makes-glass/

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By the time we finished, it is time to check into the hotel and eat our dinner.  This is at the Toya SunPalace onsen hotel.

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And the dinner has already been served.

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Impressive.

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This is another onsen hotel beside Lake Toya.  So, every room is facing lake toya.

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You can see how pack the breakfast place is.

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But the view is nice.

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Food is excellent too.  Yeap, Ikura don.  hahaha

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Today we are going to Otaru.

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First, we make a quick stop at Gla Gla to pick up the glass art piece that is blowed by Jay and Kayden.

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Jay is so happy about his glass.

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And they will take a picture with the Sifu (teacher) who taught them how to make glass yesterday.

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And then, we make a quick stop at Lake Hill Farm to learn how to make Ice Cream.

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All of us are eager to make our own ice cream.

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Are we ready?

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Let’s start.

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Kids always have lots of fun making ice cream.

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Every one put up their best effort to make ice cream.

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She is making sure we did it correctly.

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She even teach us how to make waffle.

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Finally it is done.  It was so fun.  To learn the recipe, you can go here.  http://miniliew.org/2015/12/31/how-to-make-ice-cream/

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Basically you need to spin the ice cream on a cold ice.

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Spin Spin Spin…

We are indeed very proud of ourselves.

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I just realised that our mini-bus is quite big.

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After making ice cream, we are on the way to Otaru.

We stopped at a resting place.  Lots of snow.

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That is how deep the snow is.  And the kids loves it.

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Look at the sky, it is really nice.  Blue blue..

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Lake Toya is very big.  We are actually still in Lake Toya district.

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Kay jump.

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So fun to jump.

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Prepare for the snow fight.

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I guess is very cold.

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We finally on the road again.  And about 1 hour later, Tomiko-san suggested we stop at this place to refill our water and refresh ourselves.

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Here got a lot of snow too.

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These are the melted snow water.

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It is fresh and very cold.

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Wow.  This place looks like fairy tale place.

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Wow, so nice.

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Let’s take a nice photo.

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Let’s get more water.

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Let’s take a photo from far.

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Let’s take a selfie.

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And with the kids.

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That concludes our Lake Toya trip.  And now we are heading to Otaru.  What surprises the tour agent have installed for us?

 

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