Japan (Feb 2012) Day 4: Sounkyo (Part 1)
Took the 0830hrs Asahiyama Zoo special train from Sapporo to Asahikawa station, where I transferred to another train to get to Kamikawa station.
We were very lucky to be able to purchase the final 2 tickets on this special Zoo train for the day.
From Kamikawa station, we had to take a 30mins bus ride to Sounkyo onsen.
Today is officially the COLDEST day of my life!
It was -20 degrees celcius at Sounkyo onsen!! The strong winds & heavy snow didn't helped either.
|Another snowy day...|
|Asahiyama Zoo seasonal train. Runs between Sapporo and Asahikawa.|
|I chatted with the lady seated next to me and she offered me paper to do origami and her daughter showed me the origami watch she made.|
|At Asahikawa station waiting to board another train to Kamikawa station|
|Taking bus ride (30mins) from Kamikawa station to Sounkyo Onsen bus terminal|
|The walkway from our hotel to Sounkyo's main shops area.|
|Sounkyo onsen bus terminal|
|Looks cold? Yes it is! -17 degrees celcius in the day and -20 degrees celcius at night on this day!|
|Convenience store at Sounkyo|
|Had our ramen lunch here|
|Since the staff don't understand English, and we don't really speak enough Japanese, so we ordered Miso Ramen since it's the only item on their handwritten Japanese menu that I could read.|
Sounkaku Grand Hotel, 18000yen (includes buffet dinner & breakfast)
|Natural fridge. Putting drinks next to the window = Very cold drinks!|