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Ideas please!!!

I'm slightly injured… and the forecast looks woeful (read not good enough to make any pain worth while).

So the question is…. what do you do in Hokkiado in winter if not snowboarding. Seriously, I've never thought about anything other than snowboarding here. So any suggestions would be welcome. We have a car are willing to drive around and have about 5 days to kill.

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Sounkyo spa ice fall festival ( if its still on)
Shopping in sapporo
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Many years ago I visited a chocolate factory in Sapporo. Not sure if it's still going, but it was worth the visit if it's still there.

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Otaru. Great sushi, beer and onsen in any order you like.
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View Postonehunga, on 10 February 2014 - 08:23 PM, said:

Many years ago I visited a chocolate factory in Sapporo. Not sure if it's still going, but it was worth the visit if it's still there.

I saw that factory last year
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Last day for Sapporo Ice Festival

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Thanks guys. We're going to head east through Abashiri to hopefully see the drift ice, then back through Sounkyo and the spa ice festival. We've stayed in Sapporo and Otaru before so decided on somewhere different whilst we have some time.
After that if still no snow then beer and sushi it is...

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Sounkyo ice fall festival AT NIGHT is a must. Sorry I forgot that small yet crucial detail. Be sure to walk into the caves which were under the childrens slide last year. I almost missed it, its mind blowing.
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Thanks Goz.
Any hotel recommendations around there-- sorry wrong person to ask--- you were in the car weren't you….

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Always wanted to ride the Aurora, but far too much skiing to do.

http://ms-aurora.com/abashiri/en/

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And eating and shopping in Sapporo

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Booked onto the Aurora for tomorrow morning.

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WOW!!! Photos, photos and a trip report please.

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Will do.

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View Postonehunga, on 10 February 2014 - 08:23 PM, said:

Many years ago I visited a chocolate factory in Sapporo. Not sure if it's still going, but it was worth the visit if it's still there.


Shiroi Koibito near to Miyanosawa station
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drift ice!

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We went on the Aurora to see the drift ice. To be honest it was better than I expected - pretty cool (No pun intended).
Then a sightseeing trip up kurodake (the ropeway was running but not the chair).
Then Sounkyo spa ice fall festival. I preferred this to the sapproro festival. The natural formations are more interesting to me than a sculpture of a cartoon character.
I'll post more detail and some pics when I have better internet


But-- the knee is back in action now. We'll I can bend it enough to do bindings up:). So we are in Otaru and on the hunt for snow again. Fun day at Teine today getting some confidence back.

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Ice caves over sculptures any day
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Concur. Thanks for the tip Goz. I hadn't heard of it and it was well worth the drive.







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