May: Hokkaido

I’m not gonna let May end without a post. Half of this month was spent in pure bliss in Japan, some days in Tokyo which I’ve been for the umpteenth time, and some days in Hokkaido, which was my first time! I went with my mom – her first time in Japan so this trip was meaningful. I’m not going to post many pictures here for I’ve got them all up on Facebook, so here. Perhaps just the itinerary, and some fun ones from Hokkaido. Look out for Tokyo next.

Japan, from where I now reside, Shanghai.

Japan, from where I now reside, Shanghai.

Our Hokkaido route: Tokyo > Hakodate > Toyako > Otaru > Sapporo > Tokyo

Our Hokkaido route: Tokyo > Hakodate > Toyako > Otaru > Sapporo > Tokyo

Hakodate seaport. Abandoned warehouses converted into mall space selling local produce and tourist souvenirs.

Hakodate seaport. Abandoned warehouses converted into mall space selling local produce and tourist souvenirs.

A side trip on the special locomotive that ran only during the Japanese Golden Week from Hakodate to Mori via Onuma-koen.

A side trip on the special locomotive (SL Onuma) that ran only during the Japanese Golden Week from Hakodate to Mori via Onuma-koen.

It was a rainy day, Onuma-koen had a misty mysterious air to it.

It was a rainy day, Onuma-koen had a misty mysterious air to it.

The rain never let up that day, so we stayed in the mall and played with some neoprints.

The rain never let up that day, so we stayed in the mall and played with some neoprints.

Or one (two?) of the many kawaii sculptures in town.

Or one (two?) of the many kawaii sculptures in town.

Next day was quite lovely. Some of the sakuras were open, although by the time left Hokkaido, much were still in the budding stage, much to our disappointment.

Next day was quite lovely. Some of the sakuras were open, although by the time we left Hokkaido, most were still in the budding stage, much to our disappointment.

When we arrived at Toyako, the weather was perfect! The sky was clear blue, reflected in the deep blue waters.

In the afternoon, we left Hakodate for Toyako. When we arrived, the weather was perfect! The sky was clear blue, reflected in the deep blue waters.

Mother was always concerned how her hair was blown out of shape when I asked her to pose for photos in Japan. I, however, loved the way the breeze teased my hair freely, how my short crop got tousled and taken by the carefree Mr. Wind - 随风 ♥

Mother was always concerned how her hair was blown out of shape when I asked her to pose for photos in Japan. I, however, loved the way the breeze teased my hair freely, how my short crop got tousled and taken by the carefree Mr. Wind – 随风 ♥

Sneaking up on my little dragon friend here that guard the foot onsen. Before I dipped my own in the warm water, we had a shot together ^_^

Sneaking up on my little dragon friend here that guarded the foot onsen. Before I dipped my own in the warm water, we had a shot together ^_^

Didn't want to leave beautiful Toyako, but leave we must. Little did we know our last minute decision to take the bus instead of the train would bring us on a road through the remainders of Hokkaido winter. All kinds of romantic ran through the mind. Truly tantalizing.

Didn’t want to leave beautiful Toyako, but leave we must. Little did we know our last minute decision to take the bus instead of the train would bring us on a road through the remainders of Hokkaido winter. All kinds of romantic ran through the mind. Truly tantalizing.

Totoro in one of the toy stores in Otaru, a little town about 40-min train ride from Sapporo famous for intricate musical boxes and glassware.

Totoro in one of the toy stores in Otaru, a little town about 40-min train ride from Sapporo famous for intricate musical boxes and glassware.

Sapporo and Hokkaido's most famous chocolate - Ishiya White Lovers. We went to the factory that let us peep into the chocolate making process. The factory premises also hosts a very pretty theme park.

Sapporo and Hokkaido’s most famous chocolate – Ishiya White Lovers. We went to the factory that let us peep into the chocolate making process. The factory premises also hosts a very pretty theme park.

It is said that the cocoa that makes White Lovers chocs is grown in a beautiful mountainous region with a heart-shaped lake.

It is said that the cocoa which makes White Lovers chocs is grown in a beautiful mountainous region with a heart-shaped lake.

Going all Japanese schoolgirl in Sapporo before checking outta Hokkaido in the afternoon. Jaa ne!

Going all Japanese schoolgirl in Sapporo before checking outta Hokkaido in the afternoon. Jaa ne!

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