|No.1 Beverage - Anything from Vending Machine!|
This post continues from my previous posting, Sapporo #66th Snow Festival #Top 5 Favourites, as said, here i will be sharing my next adventure, my day trip! It was honestly a Dreamtrip.
We had a full-day tour by chartered coach. Started assemble at the hotel lobby at 9 a.m. The journey starts heading to Noboribetsu (1.5 hrs.) to visit the Ainu Museum. Then next stop, the Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura. Get a feel for the Edo period. Highlight the Ninja Stage Show. Then Continue to Lake Shikotsuko Ice Festival (Illumination). Love it.
1st Stop - Ainu Museum
Our first stop was a quick one, visiting the small Ainu Museum (Porotokotan). It was a fun visit, checking out their traditional buildings, cultures and lifestyles. This place history was quite well maintained. Worth the drop by. There are also enclosures, with really cute mountain pups and scary huge black bears!
3-4, Wakakusa-Cho 2-chome,
|At the Entrance|
"Ainu", originally a word meaning "human". The Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido with their own culture and language, had lived in Hokkaido, the northern part of Japan.
It was really cold out here. Time to head indoors and stay by the fire.
|Ainu Folk Dance|
It was fun doing the traditional ainu folk dance. Designated as one of Japan's important intangible cultural properties. They feature songs and dances that evoke the natural splendor of the North including iyomante rimse (a ceremonial dance for sending bear's spirits back to heaven).
|Freezing in the Cold|
2nd Stop - Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura
Our second stop was my favourite. As a city boy, a Edo Town will bring my imagination into reality. "Thinking about Naruto", my ninja style!. This place is like a themepark, a Japanese culture park where you can play and learn a lot in Edo. There are Ninja and Oiran Show, Ninja Maze, House of Monsters, Food and Snack Stalls of Edo period and Stall Games (i.e. Yugi-kan (Blow Darts), Taiken-Dojo (Shuriken, Arrows), etc).
53-1 Naka Noboribetsu-cho,
|Lets go! Just came down from the Bus.|
At the entrance to the park. Posing with the Samurai Warrior. For your info, the Edo Period, started about 400 years ago and continued more than 250years, was one of the most peaceful and energetic time in Japanese History. The Japenese spirit and life till today.
Ta-Da! Me made it!
|The Ninja Show|
We didn't had much extra time. But luckily i did managed to enter the Ninja Maze, this place was a labyrinth full of tricks and traps. I almost fell down many times due to the interior structure that affects your stability and mind. Well, i made it at the end!
3rd Stop - Lake Shikotsuko Ice Festival (Illumination)
Our next top will be Lake Shikotsuko Ice Festival, experiencing some really interesting ice sculpture illumination. This place around the mountain areas, and it is really cold up here.
|Some Hot Drink for the Long Walk|
Believed ice are really steady during winter. Going in the ice tunnels.
|On Top of Ice Buildings|
Final Stop - Back to Sapporo City for Delicious Dinner Buffet
It was a great day trip. Glad we had a coach, driving around like this can be very tiresome. As Malaysian City Folks, witnessing Japanese Cultures was exceptional experience. We had our share of fun. Now time to head back to Sapporo City for one of the best Buffet Experience. Will share this on the next posting.
|Good Night Folks|