Heading back to Japan…
It seems the wanderlust got the better of us sooner than expected! We’ve been back in Aus for just a few months and are already heading back out into the wide blue yonder to seek out some more adventure, wonder and excitement. The opportunity arose for us to take a couple of weeks off and we decided to head to Japan to explore some of the remoter reaches of Hokkaido – the Northern-most island within the Japanese archipelago. We absolutely LOVED Japan last time we were here and couldn’t wait to head back there for more! We have a rough itinerary planned out, with key stops along the way shown on the map below. It’s only a short trip (at least compared to our last 210-day soujourn!), but hopefully it’s enough to satisfy our need for adventure…. at least for a little while. Our goals for the next 17 days are simple:
- Enjoy more of the wonderfully quirky experience that is modern Japanese culture.
- Visit some of Japan’s tiniest towns and hike through some of the most remote wilderness left in Japan.
- Eat some awesome, wonderful and vaguely terrifying Japanese cuisine.
Meeting these goals started with a very long travel day (like all international adventures that begin in Aus): a 5:00am alarm, a taxi ride to the airport where at least the taxi driver was awake (coz we sure weren’t), 2 hours of mind-numbing boredom waiting around at Brisbane airport, 10 hours of butt-numbing boredom on a plane (interspersed with a couple of melas that were at least edible if not delicious), 1 hour of complete sensory overload at Seoul’s Incheon Airport (Korean Air is AWESOME to fly with by the way), another 3 hours on a plane, and, FINALLY, touch-down at Chitose Airport. Back on foreign soil at last – YAY! It’s now close to midnight and we’ve happily ensconced in our tiny hotel room in Sapporo, refamiliarising ourselves with the joys of Japanese “business hotels” and “semi-double” beds (i.e. something that’s almost a double bed and, therefore, almost big enough for 2 people). Tomorrow the reall fun begins… for now though we wish you all oyasumi nasai.