|when in korea|
I love Japan. It's quite possibly my favorite place ever. To be fair, I was only there for 4 days, three of which were spent at a luxury condo with full concierge service, 2 whole days were spent skiing through some insane powder, and the whole time was spent some totally awesome people.
Paul and I left HK on a 1am flight, arrived a short 3 and half hours later in Seoul at 5am. Man even at 5am Incheon is a sweet airport. It's clean, there's free wifi, and there are a plethora of benches from which to choose for our brief respite. Paul and I got a solid 3.5 hours of sleep in before we had to drag ourselves to the next leg of the trip.
|nice little set up. ha.|
|cool rest stop|
We got into Sapporo at 1:30 and quickly found a shuttle bus service who told us to meet by the green chairs at 1:55. I'm not even joking, at 1:55 sharp we were picked up by our guide with a sign to follow and we started walking to the bus. Perhaps I've been spending too much time in South East Asia, but the time they tell you is never the time it actually takes!!! Amazing, Japan. I love you already.
Then the bus. 2.5 hours through nothing but snow snow snow. There were no people, no houses, no nothing, just snow. Until about an hour in when we stopped at a rest stop. A super clean awesome rest stop with awesome Japanese bathrooms. All of the toilets in Japan have heated seats and bidets; if you're into that.
|Friday am view from our living room|
|getting ready for the slopes|
We spent the first night in awe of how awesome our lives are. We sipped our duty-free white russians sitting in front of the turn dial fire playing Jenga and circle of death. Nice little Thursday.
Paul and I feel asleep and missed Laura and Derek's arrival at mid-night. The next am we were all up pretty early and excited to get out on the slopes. From our back porch you could see the Hirafu ski area. Well, if it wasn't white out snowing which it did most of the time. We picked up some rentals and then skied!!!! In amazing powder!!! All day!!! And into the night!!! The mountain stays open until 8, but by 6 or so Laura and I were frozen and called it a day. The men folk stayed a bit longer, and we all reconvened in the house for dinner.
|takoyaki; fried potato with squid in the middle. topped wih eel sauce and bento flakes|
We went out for a 'Japanese' dinner which apparently is quite difficult to do in Niseko. Niseko is probably 99% Australians with the occasional Japanese or Canadian thrown in. The dinner was great and Diane showed up just in time after a 3 hour delay; takoyaki and fried stuff for me, pizza, penne, fried chicken, edamame, and sake. Waaaay too much sake.
|Sake to me|
|bus stop AND indian takeaway|
|raw egg n hairtail n kinyip (sesame leaves)|
|loved that room|
|Sapporo is the COOLEST airport. But not when your flight leaves at 8:30....|
|Hokkaido is famous for it's dairy products. Milk!|
|The group! Ravena, Diane, Paul, me, Laura, Derek and Brad <3|