Previous blog posts:
Sapporo I (Day 1 & 2)
Sapporo II (Day 3 & 4)
Moerenuma (Day 4)
After leaving Moerenuma park, we drove in our little rented Toyota towards Biei.
We made many stops to the convenient store for some snacks and restroom breaks along the way. I am still amazed at how most of the convenient store restrooms in Japan are open to the public.
The countryside almost felt like the drive to Yosemite in America (flat farmlands until very hilly and mountainous region). Other than the hazy weather, it was very beautiful and had that beautiful lush landscape that made me definitely want to comeback in the near future for the autumn foliage.
On our way to the Minshuku (motel) in Biei, we stopped at Farm Tomita which was on the way. Biei and Furano are famous for the field of flowers especially lavender during summer. Farm Tomita seemed to be one of the more popular ones in the area.
Nothing like the smell of lavender in the summer ;)
Unfortunately around sunset time, most of the flower fields in Farm Tomita were closed off for fumigation. One of the worker even shooed me off yelling "poison poison."
After the checkin at the Minshuku, we headed out into a small restaurant nearby for some late dinner. The restaurant was closed but the owner was very kind enough to open up the restaurant just for us.
The night in Biei was pretty enchanting. It felt very quiet and peaceful especially after spending three nights in Sapporo.
After watching the last train leave the station, we returned to the Minshuku, finished up a beer can, and went to sleep.
I woke up early in the morning to try to capture some morning landscape shots. Luckily, there was a sunrise park right behind the Minshuku place.
The view of the fog moving through the hills reminded me of Tuscany and little bit of Palouse. After enjoying the morning sunrise, we headed out again to Furano for more flower farms :) One can never get enough of farms full of flowers.
After awhile, all the farm names seem to all sound the same so lost track of them. But they were all beautiful and smelled like a piece of flowery heaven :)
After a quick lunch at a restaurant in Furano, we headed out towards Shirohige fall and Blue Pond.
Both Shirohige and Blue pond were amazing. It was touristy but definitely worth the stop. After visiting both we stopped by another small waterfall along the way between Shirohige and Blue Pond. It was fairly unknown and off the touristy map but we decided to check out since we were going to drive past it.
Other than the mosquitos, the creek and the cascading waterfall were definitely worth checking it out. A small shrine next to the water and the lush creek foliage were very picturesque.
We drove around the region until we met another major flower farm. We decided to stop by for some sunset shots.
After some Ashikawa styled Ramen at Biei, we headed back to the Minshuku for the night.
We did go check out the sunrise park for the night view of Biei, but the light at the park was little too strong for some clean shots.
To be continued...