Tag: Hokkaido

Asahikawa 旭川

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On their way to Asahikawa, they came across a festival (Matsuri 祭り) and stopped for a bit because it was Mary and Fujipon’s first time. Young and old people were dancing while others were enjoying some food and drinking some beer ♪( ´▽`)

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At the Hotel (`・ω・´)


*Sleepy* – “Go!” – “Peppa”

Afer spending the night at a hotel in Asahikawa, they woke up early to visit the city. Fujipon didn’t sleep enough but he still managed to get out of bed!

Their first destination…

The Ainu Museum!(`・ω・´)



“Ainu?” – “Are you angry?”“Let’s run away!”

It’s a small museum where you can learn more about the Ainu civilization.


Furano 富良野

“Beautiful!”

It was beautiful…However there was no lavender. Furano and Biei are famous for their huge fields of lavender, the best period to see them being July… they hoped that there would still be some left…Now they know that end of August was too late. They felt disappointed but still enjoyed the flowers and the nature there.

 

 

“Tomita Farm”

One of the most popular spot is the Tomita farm.
As you might guess by the name, it’s a place where people cultivate lavender and other flowers. They use them to produce lots of products like oil, perfume, soap (which you can purchase as a souvenir!) etc…and it is opened to the public! However, Yotsu and Mary went there during the japanese national Holidays so it was full of tourists…a piece of advice : NEVER GO THERE DURING THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY. T_T

http://www.farm-tomita.co.jp/en/

 

 

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“It looks good!” – “?”

One of the speciality of the place is the lavender soft cream! Truly the best soft cream Mary had ever eaten. In Japan, they often sell soft creams in touristic places, no matter what the season is. And this one was the best. It was truly delicious. They also tried the lavender soda which was also very good!


“I’m full!”

After visiting a bit, they enjoyed the scenery at a restaurant which offered a beautiful view of the fields !


“There’s nothing” – “I’m gonna leave you behind!” – *stare*

Fujipon looked disappointed at each empty field he came across however he took the time to stare at the only flowers that bloomed !


Sapporo 札幌市

“Otsukare” – “Sapporo!”

They reached Sapporo by night and they were too tired to visit anything… so they decided to rest and just go out nearby to eat.

“Hello” – “Tanuki?”

On the way, Fujipon saluted a stray cat.චᆽච.
Anyway they ended up eating at “Tanukikoji Shopping Street”, a famous place with a lot of shops and restaurants!

Already morning?” – “*brush*

 “It’s cold” – “Clouds…” – “Let’s go”

The next morning, Fujipon prepared as usual, brushing his (nonexistent?) hair and watching the weather forecast. They planned to go to Furano and Biei that day, so they really hoped it would be sunny…Fujipon was very excited !

“Hurry” 

“Not yet?”

It was approximately a 3 hours drive from Sapporo to Furano, so they stopped to some combini and Mary took the chance to smoke…because as you might know, in Japan, it’s forbidden in almost every cities to smoke on the streets. Fortunately, you can find smoking areas or smoking spots in combinis and around touristic places.


“Cherries” – “Shitsureshimasu”

It was still morning when they reached Furano… And they were really looking forward to see the flower fields…

 

Fun fact : Mary and Yotsu stopped a lot of times during their road trip to go to the toilets everytime Yotsu wanted to. HOWEVER. When it was Mary’s turn, there were not toilets to be found anymore. Until they stopped at this small place where people were selling cherries. There were public toilets (more like small cabins). It was the only Mary’s bad experience with toilets. 👍

 

Here is some footage of the road !


Lake Toya 洞爺湖

Finally, they reached the Lake Toya for lunch time ! This area is famous for its lake (obviously) but also for the volcanos around…Anyway, the weather wasn’t that great…but it didn’t stop Fujipon for having a good time! (╹◡╹)
結局お昼の時間に洞爺湖に着きました.このエリアは当然湖で有名ですが,周囲に火山があることでも知られています.天気はあまり良くなかったですが,ふじぽんの楽しい時間が終わることはありませんでした.

“High!”


After walking around the Lake and eating ramen nearby, Mary and Yotsu decided to…do some hiking with inappropriate shoes . Truthfully, they just wanted to see the west crater of the mount Usu because they didn’t have much time…however the road wasn’t what they expected…it was harder than what they imagined…
湖の周りを歩いて近くでラーメンを食べた後,まりとよつはハイキングをすることにしました...間違った靴で.時間がなかったので本当はただ有珠山の火口を見たかったのですが,道は思ったよりも険しいものでした・・・


Visitor “
“Let’s do our best!”

“That’s so vast!”

Fujipon was excited, but for him too it was exhausting.. (or not ( ̄∀ ̄))
ふじぽんも興奮していましたが,彼も疲れているようです・・・(違うかも)


“Wait! “” I’m tired -“


“Hmmhmm”- “Sigh”

Along the way, there were explanations about the place in english and japanese. The site has known many eruptions, the last one being in 2000.
道の途中で,英語と日本語で書かれた説明がありました.この場所はたくさん噴火があることで知られていて,一番近いものは2000年にありました.


After 20 minutes of walking, they reached the crater. The path was a bit scary and muddy to get up there, but it was a such a beautiful view that it was worth it ( ´∀`). They quickly took a picture and decided to go back, using a  short cut… that they didn’t find. ( ;∀;) . They lost a lot of time wondering which way they should take…
20分くらい歩いたあと,噴火口に着きました.道はちょっと怖くてぬかるんでいましたが,こんなに綺麗だったので来た意味がありました( ´∀`).早く写真を撮って,ショートカットを使って帰ろうとしましたが見つかりませんでした...どの道を通って帰るべきか迷っていたせいで,かなり時間を無駄にしてしまいました ( ;∀;).

‘Give me some!”
Mary had to calm her nerves by taking gum…which was immediately stolen by Fujipon!
まりはガムを食べて気分を晴らそうとしましたが,ふじぽんにすぐ取られました.


Anyway on their way back, they could see the ruins of old apartments.
After Mary said that it would be the perfect setting to shoot a horror movie, Fujipon got scared…
帰る道の途中で,火山の噴火によって朽ちた昔のアパートを見ました.
まりはホラー映画のセットとして完璧だと思いましたが,ふじぽんは怖がっていました...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Fufufufu”

The path was filled with beautiful flowers and leftovers of volcanic bombs. It was a peculiar image.
道は綺麗な花と火山噴火の名残で満ちていて,変な雰囲気でした.


“Potato?” –  “It was fun!”

After this tiring afternoon, they hurried to their next destination… a famous mushroom restaurant!
この疲れる午後の後に,次の目的地へ急ぎました...有名なキノコのレストレンへ!

 


On the road

 

“Rental car” “Watch out!” -“Bu bu”

Their next step was to go to the Toya Lake. Yotsu and Mary planned to use a rental car.
Again, it was the first road trip for Fujipon ! After trying the driver seat (which is on the right side ;)), he quietly put his safety belt. Safety first right?
次は洞爺湖に向かいます.よつとまりはレンタカーを使いました.
ロードトリップもふじポンにとっては初めてです.右側にある運転席をちょっと試した後に,後ろに座って静かにシートベルトを締めました.安全第一.


“Yeay!” – “Sigh-” – “The sea!”

The road to the Toya lake was around 4 hours long, so they stopped on the way to watch the sea…from afar. This time, Fujipon stayed on Mary’s lap…for a better view? ( ´ ▽ ` )
洞爺湖までは4時間かかったので,途中で海を見るために止まりました・・・遠くから.この時はふじぽんがまりの膝の上にいました,多分いい眺めのために.

“Toilets!”

What is amazing with Japan, is that you can find toilets everywhere, and they’re (almost everytime) clean. But be careful, because in Hokkaido, you might not find as many public toilets since you drive deep in the mountains …!
日本で驚くべきことは,どこでもトイレを見つけられて,(ほとんどの場合)とても綺麗です.しかし北海道では,山の中を運転するのでそれほど多くのトイレを見つけられないので気をつけてください・・・!


At the Hotel 函館ホテル


“So big!”- “No, it’s okay”

During their whole trip to Hokkaido, the hotel in Hakodate was the only one they found that provided a japanese style room. It was the first time for Mary so she especially enjoyed the futon… as well as Fujipon. There was also a note written by the staff, wishing us a good stay.
北海道旅行で泊まった旅館の中で,函館のホテルだけが和風の部屋でした.まりにとっては和室が初めてだったので,布団を楽しみました・・・ふじぽんも.部屋にはスタッフが書いた宿泊のお礼と旅の応援のメッセージがありました.


Hakodate Ropeway 函館ロープウェイ


“Excited” – “Oh!” – “Heh?” – “Hum…” – “I can’t see!”

The night view from Mt. Hakodate is very popular, it is said to be even more beautiful than the view from the Tokyo tower… So of course, Fujipon was very excited. However, as they arrived at the ropeway, the staff told them that they wouldn’t be able to see anything because of the fog… and it was indeed the case.
函館山からの夜景はとても有名で,東京タワーからの景色よりも綺麗だと言われています.なのでもちろん,ふじぽんはとても興奮していました.しかし,ロープウェイ乗り場に着くと,お店の人から霧のせいでほとんど景色が見えないと言われました...そして,実際に景色は何も見えませんでした(/ _ ; ).


“It’s been a while!”

So, to ease their pain, they did some shopping again. And Fujipon met Pinguin-san!
痛みを和らげるために,展望台の中でショッピングをしました.そしてふじぽんはぺんぎんさんとあいました!


“Stare”

It was already night time when they got out of the ropeway, and it was raining. So Yotsu, Mary and Fujipon quickly headed to a restaurant to eat dinner. And finally, they went to their hotel to get a good rest.
ロープウェイから降りた時には既に夜になっていて,雨も降っていました.なのでよつとまりとふじぽんはご飯を食べるために急いでレストランに向かいました.そしてようやく,休むためにホテルへ行きました.

“We’re going to sleep here!”

(the picture is completely useless … ( ̄∀ ̄)ー)


Goryokaku Tower 五稜郭タワー

“So high!” – “Woah!”

The first step of their journey was the Goryokaku Tower ! They could see the beautiful view of the city, and particularly of the Goryokaku Park, where stood the ancient fort built at the end of Edo period. It was first built to prevent a possible invasion from the Russian fleet, but was used as a defence against the imperialists. This is also the place where Hijikata Toshizo died, during the Meiji period in 1858 at the battle of Hakodate.
最初に訪れたのは五稜郭タワーでした!タワーからは綺麗な街の景色や,特に五稜郭公園がよく見えました.五稜郭は,江戸時代の終わりにロシアからの攻撃を防ぐために築かれましたが、幕府が終わった後は、旧幕府軍が天皇軍と戦うために使いました。また五稜郭は,新撰組の土方歳三が1858年の函館の戦いで死んだ場所としても有名です.


Thank you”
There was a corner to welcome visitors where they could take a picture to make a memory. Fujipon was happy to be welcomed by cute characters so he took a picture with them!
タワーの中には観光客を歓迎して一緒に写真を撮る場所がありました.ふじぽんは可愛いキャラクターに歓迎されて,一緒に写真を撮れてとても幸せそうでした.


 “So cool!”“I’m scared…”

Fujipon enjoyed their historical visit, as well as the tourists attractions!
ふじぽんは歴史的な観光や,観光客のためのアトラクションを楽しみました.

“Big bro!“Let’s go!” – “Friends!”

Near the gift shop,Fujipon met the Goryokaku character named “Gota-kun”. Because his face was the same than Fujipon, he thought that Gota-kun was his big-bro, so he jumped into his arm( ^∀^)
As he made some friends along the way, he ended his visit of the tower by shopping in the lobby.
お土産屋さんの近くで,ふじぽんはごーたくんという,五稜郭タワーのキャラクターと会いました.彼の顔はふじぽんと全く同じだったので,ふじぽんはごーたくんのことをおにいちゃんだと思って飛びつきました( ^∀^)
五稜郭タワーで何人もの友達と会いました.最後にふじぽんはロビーにあるお土産屋さんで少し買い物をしました.

 



Arriving at Hakodate 函館に到着

 

” Hokkaido” – “Hakodate Line”

The Shinkansen crossed the Seikan Tunnel and finally arrived at Hokkaido ! At first, there were only mountains and forests, so Fujipon kept on staring the scenery.
The Shinkansen stopped at the Shin Hakodate Hokuto station. From there, they had to take the Hakodate Line to arrive at the Hakodate Station.

新幹線が青函トンネルを抜けて,いよいよ北海道に到着しました!最初は山とか森ばかりだったから,ふじぽんもじーっと外の景色を見ていました.
新幹線は新函館北斗駅に着きました.そこから函館駅へ向かうために函館ライナーという電車に乗って函館駅へ向かいました.

 

 


“Excuse-me”

At the Hakodate Station platform , there was a signboard to welcome people who arrived from their trip. Fujipon wanted to be polite, and since he loves greetings, as soon as he saw the sign, he immediately greeted back!

函館駅のホームでは,旅行に来た人を歓迎する看板がありました.ふじぽんは礼儀正しくなろうとしていて,挨拶をすることが大好きなので看板を見たらすぐに挨拶をしました!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We arrived” – “Yeay”

As they came out of the station, Fujipon started to play with whatever they came across.
駅の外に出ると,ふじぽんはそこにあるすべてのもので遊び始めました!

He also noticed that the tramway station seemed quite old, it gave off an antique feeling.
ふじぽんは函館市電の駅がとても古いことに気づきました.それはアンティークのような雰囲気でした.

“It’s old!”

 


 

 

“Hijipon”

Since it was lunch time, Mary and Yotsu stopped to eat Soba at a local shop.
Near the restaurant, they noticed a statue of Hijikata Toshizo… and of course, Fujipon wanted to take a picture !
お昼ご飯の時間だったので,まりとよつは地元の蕎麦屋さんに入ってご飯を食べました.
蕎麦屋さんの近くには土方歳三のパネルがありました.もちろんふじぽんは写真を撮りたがっていました!


Fujipon departure! ふじぽんの旅立ち!

Once upon a time, there was a cute plushie named Fujipon. He was adopted by a french girl who loved cute things. This girl had a friend who lived in Japan and who also shared the same interest than her. His name was Yotsu. When she introduced Fujipon to him, he instantly fell into his spell. So he begged her to take him with her on her trip to Japan. And in Summer 2017, when Mary went to Tokyo for the first time, they finally reunited as a weird/creepy family.

あるところにふじぽんという可愛いぬいぐるみがいました.彼は可愛いものが好きなフランス人の女の子の子供になりました.その女の子には日本に住んでいて,同じように可愛いものが好きな,よつという友達がいました.まりがふじぽんのことをよつに紹介したら,彼はすぐにふじぽんを好きになりました.なので彼はまりが日本に来るときにふじぽんを連れてくるようにお願いしました.そして2017年の夏にまりは初めて東京に行き,彼らはおかしな家族になりました.

 


Mary and Yotsu had planned to travel around Hokkaido for a few days… and that’s how Fujipon’s adventure began… this little mischievous ball of cuteness sneaked into Yotsu’s bag with the help of Pinguinさん while the other two were sleeping…Fujipon was excited…It was going to be their first trip together ~ ( ´ ▽ ` )

まりとよつは北海道に何日か旅行に行こうとしていました…そして,それがふじぽんの冒険の始まりでした.このいたずら好きなちっちゃくて可愛いぬいぐるみは,2人が寝ている間に,ぺんぎんさんの助けを借りてよつのバッグに潜り込みました.これは彼らの初めての旅行になります.ふじぽんはとても興奮しているようです.

Saying goodbye to Pinguinさん, one of the friend/accomplice he made in Japan!

ぺんぎんさんにさよならを言ってるよ!ぺんぎんさんは日本で出会った,ふじぽんの親友(共犯者)の1人!

 

What will happen next…?(๑・̑◡・̑๑)

さて,次は何が起こるかな…?(๑・̑◡・̑๑)