Sunday, 10 June 2018

Hokkaido - Asahikawa: Day 2 Furano

    Day 2 saw us up bright and early. This was the first time I'll be driving on my own overseas, without other fellow drivers. Our first stop was an hour long drive to Farm Tomita, in Furano. Unfortunately it started drizzling on our way there.
    It was only by the grace of God that we managed to take such beautiful pictures of the flowers before it started pour cats and dogs.
Melon ice-cream
    Our next stop was the Furano Cheese Factory. There isn't much to do here, unless you're into making your own diary products such as ice-cream. 
Cheese-cutting demonstration 
   Having quite some time on our hands, we decided to head to the jam factory and the nearby shop, owned by the creator of Anpanman, Takashi Yanase. Fans of the cartoon character would go wild here, and that would be an understatement; even the Lil Munchkin went away knowing what Anpanman was.
Three generations shopping for Anpanman memorabilia 
    The final stop was for dinner at Restaurant Kumagera. This place is known for its local Furano food, especially beef. Check out the pics!
Raw wagyu sashimi. The wasabi is mixed
into the soyasauce and poured over the meat.
Bear meat anyone? It tastes just like tough beef.
     The ride back was an adventure in itself. With no street lights, pouring rain, and the occasional blinding lights and reflection from on-coming cars; thank God we made back to the hotel in one piece. Despite the unforgiving weather, we are grateful for journey mercy and a truely fulfilling day.

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