Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Hokkaido - Day 4 Afternoon

After the ice breaking cruise in the morning, we are here at Mt Tento and there's a musuem (Okhotsk drift ice musuem)  where we visited and all its visitor can go for a free ride down the snow slope in a rubber tyre!
At the museum, you can see a 360-degree panorama from the observatory (the white tower in the photo above) and enjoy a spectacular view of the Sea of Okhotsk.
The musuem plays a  documentary film where it depicted the okhotsk sea, the ice drift and the wonders of nature of this ice drift. It was shown in a 3D superwide theatre with simple benches for visitors. Besides the film, the museum has some local fishes which can be found in the okhotsk sea...like this balloon fish!

 see, this is how small the baby balloon fish is, smaller than my fingernail!

 after the visit at the museum, everyone is raring for a ride down the slope!
 That's hubs at the top of the slope and swish! down he went in just a few seconds and the ride was over!
 and he has to drag his tyre all the way up the slope!

LUNCHTIME!
itadakimasu!



 here's the name of our restaurant where we had lunch.

The restaurant where we had our lunch had a supermarket below where there were tourists and locals buying all sorts of dried seafood, candies and live seafood!!!


bought a packet of milk and melon candies here.
here's the packets of candies which i bought from the mart.
after lunch, we went to Mt Lo (you can google for it's full name, Lozan also know as Sulfur Mountain) 
It is an active volcano in the vicinity of Kawayu Onsen and it is filled with jets of sulfur gas spurting out from bottom of the mountain. The tour guide says that tonight our hotel's onsen has its hot water from here!
The whole scenary was so white...there was snow everywhere and it was snowing too....after a while, everyone just went into the visitor centre to get some warmth.








 that's hubs on the right of the photo, taking panoramic shots of the magnificent mountain before he starts running towards me because I was hollering at him that I want to go into the visitor centre!!!

 and I made him buy a honey melo - Yubari flavour soft cone for me...hee hee

the Yubari soft cone from the souvenir shop was delicious!
now I'm very happy and satisfied...though I'm still very upset that i didn't get to eat the lavender ice cream at Otaru.  shucks.

 Now we are moving onto Akan National Park - this park is well known for its three beautiful lakes. Lake Akan, Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo. The one you see in our photo is Lake Mashu, its waters are some of the clearest in the world.

ritey...going to take a break now...will blog about tonight on the Ainu village, my buy of the Marimo Dinner and the Magnificent Fireworks display at our hotel!

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