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Onsen Meguri (Part 2)

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And so today is the last day of our hokkaido onsen meguri.. Our breakfast at hokkaido hotel: We were in Obihiro (帯広) well, because 1) Nao-san wanted to stay in Hokkaido Hotel (and also because how much our guests raved to us about it) 2) i want to eat the famous sweet potato….!! It’s not just an ORDINARY sweet potato.…

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Onsen Meguri (Part 1)

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The inn closed for 4 days and the three of us, Nao-san, Mayu-chan and I plus two regulars of the inn, Masako-san and Ogawa-san took a holiday together around Hokkaido. Up until the day right before the trip, nothing was confirmed. No accommodation was booked. It was SUPER SPONTANEOUS. But that’s what made it exciting! Day 1 We first stopped…

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Lunchtime Outings

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I usually try to go out during my time off in the afternoons IF the weather is good because if you don’t, you’ll just feel like you have wasted your time away while you could have used it better in some other way. There are regulars of the inn who keep coming back and I’m gonna bring up 2 characters…

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Biei (美瑛)

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I’m gonna share about this beautiful town that I’m staying in – BIEI. It’s in between Asahikawa and Furano, along the JR Furano line. To be honest, I have never heard of this place until I Googled for a place I could spend my summer holidays at and this guesthouse pension came out as one of the results. I have…

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My First Climb

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I’m a city girl and though I have always looked up to doing all the rugged stuff, I have never done it. I have never slept in a tent outside in the wild or gone backpacking alone in other countries. I always thought mountain climbing is pretty cool, so on the 3rd day after I arrived in Hokkaido, I was…

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Kobe (神戸)

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Okay, i’m trying to rush and complete my travel journal so that i can keep up with the current time. On 19 May, i travelled to Kobe with my classmate Liu Chu (nicknamed ‘Chu Chu’). Chu is currently choosing a school to do her graduate studies and she is going to Kobe to seek out her mentoring professor. I am…

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Homestays

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I would be lying if i tell you i didn’t enjoy my homestays. For the past 1.5 months, i have had the privilege to stay with 3 different Japanese families and i shall do a small introduction of each of them. 1) Yoko’s family Yoko is a doctor who works at a hospital and she hosted me during my university…

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Taishakukyo (帝釈峡)

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The following weekend after Hiroshima, i tagged along with my host to this place “Taishakukyo” in Hiroshima prefecture. It’s actually a mountainous region and the place we are going to is actually a valley (at least that’s what i infer from the Kanji character). I was told we are going to “Yama no naka (山の中)” which means “among the mountains”.…

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Miyajima (宮島)

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As a second part of the Hiroshima trip, i went to Miyajima with Haruka-chan and 2 of Yoko’s friends. This is the second time i have gone to Miyajima and so i tried to explore the places there that i have not went to during my first trip. Well, anyway in case you’re curious, my first trip to Miyajima was…

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