Let the adventures begin!
Feeling exhausted from yesterday's happenings, I woke up at 10 AM.
Hello there, Totoro!
Walking towards the subway where I will be taking the train to Sapporo station.
My airbnb place was located in a school area and it was refreshing to be surrounded by Japanese teenagers / university students. Somehow, it made me miss my school days!
Had katsudon for early breakfast.
Art inside the train.
Using the JR Pass, I was able to secure a non-reserved seat express train (Limited Express Super Kamui) for Furano.
Unfortunately, I got off at the wrong stop.
I learned that I had to wait for an hour or so for the next express train! Yikes!
But of course, I had to make use all the time to enjoy. I just laughed at my forever lost self afterwards, haha.
Took lots of silly videos alone and didn't mind the curious stares from the other platform.
That's Kaila for you! :))
One of the perks of getting lost (in Japan) is being left with no choice but to ask for tips / directions from the good-looking Japanese train staff lol.
I don't know why but whenever I travel outside Tokyo.. I realized that I tend to find more attractive Japanese men that can be categorized under "Kaila's Type" :))
Another perk of getting is lost = the thrill of new discoveries such as this!
Who would have thought I get to experience a Hokkaido-style matsuri? So many anime feels!
Summer time in Hokkaido is definitely one of the best seasons! So many colorful flowers everywhere!
I didn't have any regrets. The 1 hour delay was a blessing because I get to walk around and experience retro Japan.
There were kids and kawaii Japanese girls dressed in Yukata too! So visuaaaal!
That Funassyi toy tho lolol
One Gudetama cotton candy please!
So much cuteness everywhere!
#YOLOGOALS next time! I'll be back!!!!
What I love most about traveling in the countryside: local trains!
I think that at this point, I was feeling a bit emotional and overwhelmed out of happiness.
Simple things in life are really the best.
Stuck out my fingers outside the window to feel the wind (scared that my hand would get bruised by a random branch haha) and I just gazed at the luscious green scenery for the longest time in my life.
I was lucky that day to be able to ride the Norokko train because the Norokko train was only available during a certain period (I wouldn't be able to ride it if I chose another day). I can't wait to go back to Hokkaido and ride this train and enjoy the view of the beautiful lavender fields of Japan!
This was my JR Hokkaido Rail Pass that saved me a lot of money. Thanks Peach airlines for offering 5,000 JPY discount (approximately)!
For a train ride lover, this was HEAVEN for me.
*imagining that these were lavenders*
I was meaning to get off at the seasonal Lavender station for Farm Tomita but I was too enchanted by the view that I missed the stop, lolol.
Fortunately, "Biei" was also part of my must-visit places!
Biei town is just so peaceful.
I originally wanted to go and visit the famous "Blue Pond" or "Aoi Ike" but it was too late already. If I went back to Farm Tomita, it would have been closed too. So I decided that I would just go back to Sapporo station (which was around 2 hours away by train) and try my luck in another day (which was Day 4).
Nevertheless, I had fun! And at least, I was able to ask around for instructions for my next try. :)
Can you feel my optimism even after all the "I got lost / I got off the wrong stop" stories hahaha
When you get lost in Japan, there will always be an element of kawaii.. everywhere.
After arriving back at Sapporo station, I decided to visit the popular stylish ramen food court called "Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku" located at JR Tower Esta / Sapporo Esta (just inside the train station).
I ordered this mouth-watering Sora miso ramen for 800 JPY+!
There was a cute souvenir shop inside the mini ramen museum / food court!
Peko-chan with corn and lavender!
The cutest neko biscuits ever! This is just too clever~
If you are looking for pokemon cuteness, don't go any further. You can visit the Pokemon Center when you're inside the Sapporo station!
These alpaca cuties were begging for a snap, haha.
And this fluffy ball of white cuteness shall end this Hokkaido photospam post.
Hope you guys enjoyed my storytelling!
Until the next one~