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A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya札幌和洞爺湖的一天

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

12th May 2009 – Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to check-out as today we will be leaving to Lake Toya. We need to check-out by 10am but as our free transport to Lake Toya is scheduled at 1.30pm, we left our luggage at the good care of the hotel before strolling around. The good thing is that the storage area is behind the front desk counter, which means that any possibility of losing thing is greatly minimize. Then we went to Pole Town to have our caffeine fix at Starbucks¥860 Café Mocha x 2.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Ham & Cheese Bun.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Custard Cream Bun. Both total up to ¥225.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

At most JR or Subway station, there are actually various sizes of lockers for you to store your stuffs temporary. The small size locker is priced at ¥300 for 12hour storage. Valuables are not encouraged to be left in lockers.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

After lazing in Starbucks watching people go by for 2 hours, it’s time to head back to hotel to claim our luggage. A coupon was issued when we left our luggage and this have to be hand over to the hotel staff. Instead of taking subway, we decided that we had some spare time to walk to Sapporo while lugging our baggage along.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Took a rest at Odori Park. 😛

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Reach our destination JR Sapporo Station after 20 mins walk. An accomplishment!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

The meeting point for the free bus transport to Lake Toya – Esta Shopping Mall (a prominent building outside of JR Sapporo). We have to carry our luggage up the stairs. 🙁

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

At the top of the stairs, the building is JR Sapporo.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Some other malls/buildings facing JR Sapporo. It’s a gloomy day and seems like going to rain anytime. Glad that we have reached the meeting point prior to any downpour as we will be drenched as we do not have any raincoats or umbrellas with us.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

2nd floor of Esta (also our meeting place). “BIC Camera” store for you to shop while waiting for transport.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

I also noticed that there is a Sightseeing Bus Counter which provides “Sapporo One-Day Tour” at ¥5700, “Otaru Night View Tour” at ¥5800, “Lilac Tour” at ¥4100, etc. For the more adventurous, there is also “Susukino Transsexual Stage Show Tour” at ¥9900. Please do share with me on your experience if you do go. 😛

Information shown are Tour, Departure Time, Arrival Time, Fare and Operation Period – English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean language are available.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

My favourite drink – Calpis Water ¥150. Smooth, refreshing and creamy taste with slight hint of milk, somehow like Yakult. There is also a carbonated version – Calpis Soda, which is exceptionally good thirst quencher during a hot afternoon.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Folks queuing to show hotel reservation confirmation and will be arranged a seat number.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Apparently, this makeshift counter provides free bus transport services to various accommodation (if you have reserved with them) under Noguchi Kanko Group. From left to right, Kohan Tei (Lake Toya), Gokiraku Tei (Lake Toya), Daini Meisui Tei (Kitayuzawa), Meisui Tei (Kitayuzawa) and Horohoro Sanso (Kitayuzawa). Our destination is Kohan Tei!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

From the bus window, I took a snap of the scenery. The weather is not looking good.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Simply love the feeling of natural surrounding. Especially when there aren’t any tall modern buildings in sight.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

A stop point for folks to answer the call of nature or just to buy some food. A slight drizzle have already started. This area is foggy and cold. I wonder whether we are at the highlands?

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

It’s so foggy that visibility is reduced. But I love the feeling! It’s like I am in the clouds. 🙂

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Continuing our journey on the bus. It’s May but along the way, I still noticed some patches of snow.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

After 2hr 30mins ride on the free shuttle bus, reached Kohan Tei. The view of the room standing at the door entrance.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Walkway to entrance door. The room is a combination of western and traditional setup – you can either sleep on the western bed or futon.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

The tatami floored traditional room – comes with table, chair with zabuton and a separate armrest. No shoes on the tatami, please. Yes, the room is facing the lake!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Exploring the wardrobe – found our yukata and toiletries. Storage space available under the wardrobe.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

The closet containing our futons.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Sneak preview of the magnificent view from our room window.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Toilet. Always small in Japan.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

A garden (taken from room window).

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Still drizzling but we still venture out!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

A foot bath at the ground floor.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

More fog building up. Weather is cold!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

The right building is Kohan Tei.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

The rain keeps getting bigger. I was hoping the free fireworks display will not be canceled due to bad weather.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Some shop facing the entrance of Kohan Tei. We wanted to take the Usuzan Ropeway Car but the weather forbids us to stray away far from hotel. The Usuzan Ropeway Car ride will take you to the top of Mount Usu, where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Lake Toya. For your information, Mount Usu is an active volcano!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Toyako Manseikaku (Beside Kohan Tei).

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

More shops. We also halted our plans to take the Pleasure Boat, which takes you round the lake and the neighboring four islands that make up Nakajima Island. Our main intention is view the firework display from the boat trip.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

The sky is turning dark. We decided to have dinner earlier as we couldn’t go anywhere else.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Japanese dinner is served in-room. This dinner set is part of the room package.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

The food is very well presented. 🙂

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A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Dessert. It’s not ice cream but more like jelly and have a milky taste.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Yeah!!! Fireworks display still proceeded despite the drizzle. The 20mins fireworks display happens every night at 8.45pm during the period from 28th April to 31st Oct and is subjected to weather conditions as the fireworks are launched from a moving boat.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

I went downstairs to try capturing more photos.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

My camera doesn’t seem to be able to capture good shots of the firework so I went back to room to enjoy the rest of the fireworks from the room window. After viewing the fireworks display, I went to Onsen. Didn’t take any photo during then but it was a nice bath with fabulous view. For more information, please visit here.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

Some snacks follows – Calbee Potato Chips ¥158 and Sapporo Classic (only sold in Hokkaido) ¥278. The 2 green cards are our breakfast coupons (part of the hotel package as well). Was quite disappointed that the rain have caused us to miss some attractions at Lake Toya but nevertheless still enjoyable. Went to sleep in anticipation of fine weather for next day!A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
五月十二日- 吃了早餐退房后我们前往洞爷湖。我们必须在十点之前退房,前往洞爷湖的巴士一点半才出发所以我们将行李留在酒店到处逛逛。方便的是存储区就在柜台后面,遗失行李的可能性非常低。我们到附近的星巴克解咖啡瘾。 两杯摩卡咖啡¥860

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
火腿加奶酪面包。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
奶黃面包。两个价格 225日元

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
大多数JR或地铁站都有各式的储物柜让你暂时放东西。小的储物柜十二个小时300日元。贵重物品最好不要留在储物柜。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
在星巴克坐了两个小时,是时候会酒店拿行李了。寄放行李时酒店发了张票给我们,拿行李时必须交给柜台员工。我们选择拉着行李步行到札幌站不搭地铁。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
在大通公园在休息一下。:P

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
步行二十分钟后抵达目的地JR札幌站。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
洞爷湖巴士的集合地点- Esta Shopping Mall (高大的建筑在JR札幌站外)。我们得把行李炕上楼梯。:(

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
楼梯顶的大楼是札幌站。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
面向札幌站的其他商场。乌云密布似乎快要下雨了。好在已抵达目的地。不然会变成落汤鸡因为我们没带雨衣或雨伞。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
Esta 商场的二楼(集合地)。“BIC Camera”让你一面等待一面逛。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
我注意到有售卖札幌观光巴士一日游卷,5700日元,小樽夜景观光5800日元,“丁香屬观光”4100日元等等。有冒险精神的人,还有Susukino 人妖表演 9900日元。如果你去过请和我分享经验。:P 显示的信息是观光,出发时间,到达时间,车费和营运期间 – 有英文,中文,日文和韩文。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

最喜爱的饮料-可爾必思150日元。清凉,解渴带有点奶味,有点像養樂多。还有有气版本的可爾必思气水,对解渴是最有效的。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
显示酒店预订确认后会被安排座位。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
显然的,这临时柜台提供免给巴士服务给很多家酒店(只要和野口观光集团定酒店)。从左到右,湖畔亭(洞爺湖),洞爷亭(洞爺湖),第二名水亭 (北汤泽),名水亭(北汤泽)和Horohoro山庄(北汤泽)。 我们的目的地是湖畔亭!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
从车窗,拍了一些景色。好像快下雨了。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
最喜欢大自然的感觉。尤其这里没什么高楼大厦。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
休息站,下车买吃的和上厕所。开始有点毛毛雨了。这里冷雾又多。我们到了山上吗?

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
雾多到看不清楚。喜欢这感觉!好像在云中. 🙂

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
继续巴士车程。现在是五月, 路上还是有点雪。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
作了两个小时三十分钟的路程终于抵达湖畔亭。从房门拍得房间照。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
房间的走道直到房门。房间是西日结合式-可以睡在床或日式床垫和棉被。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
疊蓆传统房间-有桌椅和日式座椅。疊蓆房内不许穿鞋。房间向湖!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
探索衣橱- 找到浴衣和化妆品。衣橱下有空间放行李。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
放床垫的橱。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
让人叹为观止的景色。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
厕所。日本厕所都很小。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
花园(从房间窗户拍的)。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
虽然下着毛毛雨,我们还是忍不住出去了。

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设在底层的脚浴。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
雾很浓密。天气很冷!

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
右边是湖畔亭。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
雨越下越大。希望烟花不会被取消。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
面对湖畔亭的店。本想达Usuzan Ropeway Car因为天气没法子。Usuzan Ropeway Car会带你到有珠山,可以看到洞爺湖的全景。有珠山是活火山!另一酒店Toyako Manseikaku 在湖畔亭旁边.

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
更多店。我们取消乘游船的计划,船会带你绕湖和周围的岛。我们最想看的是烟花。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
天开始黑了。决定早点吃晚餐。

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日式晚餐在房内享用。这晚餐已包含在房间配套。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
食物摆设非常漂亮.:)

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
食物摆设非常漂亮.:)

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A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
甜点。不是冰淇凌比较象是果冻而且有奶味。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
烟花每被取消,虽然还有一点雨。二十分钟的烟花在四月二十八日至十月三十一日的每晚八点四十五分准时展示,烟花是从船发射的。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
我到楼下捕捉烟花镜头。

A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya
我的相机不能捕捉烟花,回房间继续欣赏。看完烟花后我去泡温泉,不过没有照片。更多详情,请阅览这里

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零食- 卡樂B薯片158日元和札幌啤酒classic(只在北海道售卖)278日元。两张绿卡是早餐卷(包含在配套)。因为下雨而看不到几个景点有些失望。希望明天天气晴朗,睡觉了!

7 replies on “A Day in Sapporo & Lake Toya札幌和洞爺湖的一天

Hi Ronald, I am from Singapore too. I love your blog very much. I am planning a trip end of this year, would love to stay in Kohan Tei as well. However I do nt know where to book this hotel. May I know where did you book the room and which room type and how much is it? Appreciate your help. Thanks much!

Hi Sabelle, thanks and glad that you love it!

I made my reservation for Kohan Tei through http://www.toya-kohantei.com/fl/english/index.html. Send you query through “Contact Us” and you will get a response in English. During my trip, I went for the below room.

Lake View with Meal in the Room:
per person:12,750 Yen
room type:japanese style
breakfast:buffet in the restaurant
dinner:meal in the room

Payment is directly at hotel. There is also free shuttle bus from Sapporo to Kohan Tei as well as the return from Kohan Tei to Sapporo (if required).

I remembered that they swap the onsen for male and female everyday so if you are staying longer, you can experienced both! 🙂

Hi Ronald, thanks much for your fast response! I will most probably follow your itinerary and instruction..that makes my planning much more easier!

Hi, Ronald. I really enjoyed reading your blog on Otaru. This June, my family and i will also want to have a day trip there like you did. Did you go to all the places at Otaru by foot or take public transport?

Hi Dorcas, glad that you enjoyed reading my write-up on Otaru.

I travelled from Sapporo to Otaru using the Sapporo-Otaru Welcome Pass and alighted at Minami Otaru Station instead of the popular Otaru Station. Then from there on, I just explored around by foot towards the direction of Otaru Station via Otaru-Unga Canal. My opinion is that the distance is not very long and if you find it so, you can take breaks in-between for food, ice cream, beer, coffee, sightseeing, etc. As Otaru is a small town, I personally believe that it’s best explored by foot and you might want to have a map (http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/map/024_Otaru.html) ready for easy reference. Hope this helps!

Hi Ronald, Thank you so much for sharing your photos and travel details with us. At first I was afraid to do “free and easy” but your blog has given me confidence.Crossed my fingers that all will go well for my October 2013 Hokkaido trip.:)

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