Showing posts from February, 2017

(Updated) Trip To Muroran - Hokkaido

(Updated photos on 27 February 2017) 

I had to book the nearest hotel away from Sapporo during the Snow Festival's peak weekend as all the hotels in Sapporo were fully booked. The closest I could book online was at this unknown town called Muroran. I was a bit skeptical of this quiet and peaceful town but it brought us wonderful surprises instead. It snowed for the first time during our trip and the countryside's cape was spectacular.

We took a 2.5 hours bus ride from Sapporo Station to Muroran.

We saw many snow capped mountains and thick forests enveloped in pretty white snow. It gave me a sleepy & peaceful feeling of a cold winter.

The Donan Bus passed through a tunnel and many miles of scenic landscapes along the Hokkaido Highway.

 Finally, the bus reached the T-Junction where I saw the whole Pacific Ocean for the 2nd time in my life! The first time was in San Francisco back in the 90s.

 The Donan Bus driver was so polite like a robot and dropped us off at the small Mur…

Otaru City Of Canals - Hokkaido

I would vote Otaru as the most interesting place to visit in Hokkaido. It is a small harbour city which you could make a day trip from Sapporo by train. We only covered Sapporo, Otaru, Muroran & Chitose towns during our trip.

We walked out of our Sapporo hotel to visit a small Buddhist Shrine which is located on the next block. Here is the nice entrance to the shrine.

This is the Amitabha Buddha's Shrine which was closed on that day.

Our hotel is just next block to this Hosui Susukino Train Station in Sapporo. It is very easy to reach everywhere once you are inside the train station. We connected our way to the main Sapporo Station and hopped to the line that took us to Otaru.


It takes slightly over 1 hour by a normal train which passed  through many picturesque snow scenery and mountains along  the way. Here at the Otaru Station, there is a Tourist Information Booth where there was a friendly lady who spoke Japanese, English, Mandarin and Cantonese…

68th Sapporo Snow Festival 2017

We just got home after a week long holiday in Hokkaido, Japan. It was a wonderful experience for my wife to see real snow falling from the skies for the first time. She screamed so excitedly like a happy child again. In the past, she had seen plenty of snow in China and even South Korea during our ski trip but the snow didn't fall from the skies then. 


Our overnight flight took over 8 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Sapporo at Hokkaido, Japan. We had difficulty to sleep well even with the front row's spacious "hot seats".

 This is the New Chitose Airport which is very huge and made headlines recently when the China tourists had a nasty brawl inside with the airport officers over the unexpected delays due to snow storm.

 They have many interesting facilities inside the airport such as retail shops, seafood markets, museums, children's play lands and even a spa with a hot spring onsen for the public to relax.

 They have ample sittin…