Sunday, 10 June 2018

Hokkaido - Asahikawa: Day 3 Biei

    Day three saw more driving. This time we're headed to Biei. First stop, Shikisai No Oka. In this agricultural part of Japan, it's little wonder that this tourist attraction was once again a farm... all fifteen hectres of it. Today was also the coldest day of our stay in Asakikawa region, with temperatures dipping below eight degrees. Coupled with the wind, it felt more like winter than summer.
      Here we got to taste the famed Hokkaido sweet white corn. The wonder of it's sweetness amazes, especially when it's simply just boiled. Needless to say, the Lil Corn-lover was in love, her tastebuds being romanced so.
Fried asparagus and sweet corn
     There was still some time after the little feast and we weren't hungry, so we decided to head to a location off our original plan. The Blue Pond was constructed unintentionally when aluminium seeped into the water during excavation, turning it a murky azure blue. I wonder whether it is the holiday mood, that even such a location can become an attraction. Perhaps it's the natural charm of this region that turns the simplest of sights into something soothing for the soul.
     We originally intended to just have lunch at our next stop, Farm Chiyoda. Unlike the former flower farms, this was an animal one. The Lil Munchkin had her school lessons reinforced by the up-close-and-personal experience of Baba black sheep, goats, cows and even a llama. She even told me she wanted to eat the white hen! What a city kid! Her animal-loving aunt went gaga.
Shiloh's expression says it all, how much she loves animals.
     Not wanting to risk driving in the dark again, we headed back to Asahikawa city and morphed back into our Singaporean form. Next up, shopping at Aeon Mall right next to Asahikawa JR station. Nothing to shout about here, no big brands or high fashion labels. We then dropped the family off at the hotel, Hoshono Resort Asahikawa OMO7 and returned the car. We ended our day once again at Kiyomoto Izakaya and our second Michelin starred meal.

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