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7 Days Autumn Hokkaido

#1 User is offline   Kingfisher 

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  Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:15 PM

Exchange Rate at time of travel S$1 = ¥85

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:20 PM

The shoji door slide aside as a dolled up Japanese lady cladded in kimono slowly sashayed into the tatami room presenting a tray brimming with the latest catch of the day. She picked up a slice of the raw fish with the chopsticks ever so gracefully, dipped it into the soy sauce and stretched it toward my lips… Ring…....! The alarm piercing through the early Saturday morning, jolting me up from my slumber. I would love to go back to dreamland and eat that piece of sashimi but I have got more pressing task to do, which is getting ready for the Hokkaido trip.

I know people are going to ask me if it is DIY or packaged tour so I will put it here. I am going on a packaged tour with Hong Thai’s 7D Charming Hokkaido All Season Tour. I am not affiliated with the company nor do I received monetary gain from them.

Freshened up and a simple breakfast of savoury buns, I was dressed up for the trip but not before going through the items-to-be-packed list again, in case I missed out something.

  • Passport – Ensure you have your passport as it’s no go if you have forgotten about it. There are also cases where the person accidently brings along someone else’s. Always carry it with you at all time because you will never know when you might need it. When I said carry it with you, it means not leaving it in your bag/luggage which get left in the bus or hotel. Also some merchants might need to verify your details before accepting credit card payment.

  • Money – In the form of the destination country’s currency, in this case Yen. Do bring enough cash as some shops especially those in the rural areas do not accept credit card payment. In case you overspent your cash, activate your credit card’s magnetic strip with the bank before going on the tour. I suggest not keeping all your cash in the same wallet/purse but split it into two or three portions and store them separately. In the event that you lose your wallet or your purse stolen, you will still have some cash with you.

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  • Travel Adapter – The voltage in Japan is 100 volt and the electrical plugs have two, non-polarized flat pins so you are going to need that adapter. Other than that, you won’t face any issue charging your camera, handphone, notebook, powerbank, tablet etc…

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  • Medicine – If you are under prescription medication, pack them together preferably in their original boxes and store them in your hand carry luggage. You might also want to add in some over-the-counter medicines for fever, colds and diarrhea plus adhesive bandage for minor cuts.


The taxi arrived promptly at the agreed timing; traffic in the early morning hours was light so I reached the airport in good time.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:25 PM

Day 1 (18th October 2014): Singapore > Tokyo > Chitose > Sapporo

Kinetic Rain is a moving sculpture that was installed in early July 2012 in Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport as part of that terminal's refurbishment. Spanning an area of 75 square metres and a height of 7.3 metres it has been billed as the world's largest kinetic sculpture. The installation consists of two separate segments, installed several meters apart. Each segment consists of 608 copper-plated aluminium raindrops, each of which weighs 180 grams and is suspended by a thin wire. Computer-controlled motors attached to the wires can move each raindrop up and down independently, and thereby make the elements form elaborate moving shapes. The installation is programmed to make the elements morph into 16 different shapes during a 15-minute loop, including flight-related shapes such as airplanes, kites or hot air balloons.

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On 2nd November 2013, a Chinese national climbed over a railing and perched on the netting present below the sculpture, damaging it in the process. She was later arrested under the Mental Health Act.


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Our tour leader, Vee Ng was on hand to take attendance and issuing us a hardcover envelope containing the necessary forms, both the tour guides and her contact numbers (behind the badge) in case anyone got separated from the group. Here she was advising on which are the sections of the Disembarkation/ Embarkation card and Customs Declaration form required to be filled up. And of course she will also be accompanying us for the duration of the trip.


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:30 PM

I made a quick check in of my luggage before the long queue formed. Unfortunately, I was told that I could not change the seat for my Singapore-Narita flight to that of an aisle seat as it was pre-arranged by the tour company but the counter staff did accommodated my request for the domestic flight.

While comparing our boarding passes, I was allocated a windows seat next to an uncle who was also touring alone. A little chit chatting later, I found out that he (Mr Ho) was a 72 year old retiree and this was his first time visiting Japan. When asked why he was touring alone, he said that his son was not interested in joining him and moreover was a vegetarian. But Mr Ho loves sashimi/sushi and would often visit our local Japanese restaurants.

After the immigration counter is the Central Piazza where four plots of landscaped garden featuring orchids, palm trees, marigolds, sunflowers and other tropical plants served to enforce our garden city image.


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:40 PM

Against the backdrop of aircraft bays, stands The Social Tree surrounded by eight touch-screen photo booths that enable travellers to 'attach' their photos onto the colourful and animated crown of the structure, which is made up of 64 giant 42-inch high-definition screens, offering a 360-degree display of various animated backgrounds including a mystical forest and the Singapore skyline. Travellers can also post photos and videos taken at the booths on their social networking profiles.

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All you have to do to Be a Changi Millionaire is to spend S$30 at Changi Airport or iShopChangi.com for a chance at the fortune. The more you spend the more chances you get but only from 6th May to 31st October 2014.

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We had a little bit of time left before boarding and it was still too early to be doing any shopping. Mr Ho suggested looking for a place to sit down so he could take his medication and Burger King came up in sight with its brightly lit logo.


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 05:20 PM

The PA announcement came on for us to board the flight from Singapore to Narita. This was the Japan Airlines’ Plane we will be boarding though I would prefer to support our very own Singapore Airlines but I couldn’t get the SQ flight for the date I wanted.

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As the plane began taxiing toward the runway, the ground crews unrolled a “see you again” banner and waved to us for a safe flight. Such simple gesture but it made me felt good and goes a long way into building up the company’s image (JAL emerged from bankruptcy protection in March 2011). Which other airlines does this too?


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 09:22 PM

Looking forward to your detailed description of your trip that was picture intensive.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 11:11 AM

Haha can't wait for more of your pictures!
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 05:20 PM

Preparing for Takeoff - Everyone seated and buckled up, as the stewardesses begin their pre-flight safety demonstration. As our plane did a turn to prepare for takeoff, I noticed that there were four other planes tailing us waiting for their turns. Call me suaku (Hokkien for “mountain tortoise”, implying “country bumpkin”) but I always chose aisle seat so I never got a chance to see what’s happening outside the plane.

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And then we were Airborne leaving me with little time to properly compose the picture. See you later Singapore and hello Hokkaido, here I come. When we were able to move freely, I found this display tag showing the names of our captain, copilot and senior cabin attendant.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 08:25 PM

Two hours into our flight, lunch was served or maybe brunch is a better word since it was only 10.40am. I had the Braised Chicken Set which was served with mashed potato and boiled vegetables. Mr Ho had originally wanted the Salmon Spaghetti Set but it was out of stock. The complete meal also came with buckwheat noodles (soba), smoked salmon, fruit salad, vegetable salad and soup. The bun had no filling inside nor was there any butter to apply. For dessert, we had Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream. It's vanilla flavour if you are curious.

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In-between, I preoccupied myself with some of the recent Hollywood movies. I think I saved about S$25 – S$30 in total if I had to watch them at the theatres. Nothing much to see outside except the Fluffy Clouds, blue sea, occasional islands/landmasses and ships which look like miniature toys from 10,000m above.

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Flight Status - An hour and 47 minutes to go before we land, not enough time to watch another movie. In the meantime, I kept myself hydrated with the fruit juices, hot beverages, water and even soup. Yep, you heard it right, the cabin crews served the miso soup if you don’t like sweet drinks or found water too plain.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 08:40 PM

Yep, a lot of pictures coming up but will take time for me to post them all as I am busy with work and my computer also got issue.
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Posted 13 November 2014 - 09:59 PM

I'm guessing pictures of the toilet will be showing up soon. :lol:/>

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 10:00 PM

No more meal so an Apricot Muffin is always appreciated; pretty tasty I would say and none too sweet.

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The plane circled into position Preparing to Land, one can see the patches of fields, clusters of low-rise buildings and an extensive golf course below.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 10:02 PM

View Postlavendergarden, on 13 November 2014 - 09:59 PM, said:

I'm guessing pictures of the toilet will be showing up soon. :lol:/>/>

Cheers


I do have pictures of the bathroom and of course the toilet but no prize for guessing right. :lol:/>
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Posted 14 November 2014 - 08:30 AM

Touchdown at Narita International Airport at 4.15pm (Japan time) and spent another 30 minutes clearing custom. Collected our luggage and made a beeline for the domestic flight counter to check in our luggage again. Boy, we practically half ran with our entire luggage in tow after Vee as she wanted to ensure we have ample time to eat dinner before our connecting flight.

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Food wise, there wasn’t any other choice for hot meals except Blue Sky which is owned and managed by Jalux. I joined the queue and got myself a bowl of hot udon soup.

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Maybe because all that running cum the cold weather had worked up an appetite, this bowl of hot Beef Udon Soup (¥570) worked its magic on this hungry man, warming my stomach and filling it at the same time.

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Mr Ho got himself the Jet Curry which he did not enjoyed. The meal cost him ¥670 for just basically curry and rice with 2-3 tiny pieces of meat in there. He told me that he regretted not ordering the udon I had.


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Posted 14 November 2014 - 09:40 AM

While the rest were still refuelling their tummies, I did some Window Shopping. Came across the Tokyo Banana which my colleague had asked me to buy on behalf for her but the short shelf life stopped me from getting it at that instant since the tour was just off to a start.

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:22 PM

View PostKingfisher, on 13 November 2014 - 08:40 PM, said:

Yep, a lot of pictures coming up but will take time for me to post them all as I am busy with work and my computer also got issue.

No worries. A picture a week is sufficient to keep our eyes glued to this thread. :lol:/>
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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:35 PM

View Postboonboon, on 14 November 2014 - 01:22 PM, said:

No worries. A picture a week is sufficient to keep our eyes glued to this thread. :lol:/>/>


Yah hahaha take your time. Ooooo I didn't realise that there's caramel pudding flavoured Tokyo banana (the right most banana in the picture)
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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:37 PM

View PostKingfisher, on 14 November 2014 - 09:40 AM, said:

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I bought the smaller ones (about 300 yen each) to try in May this year when I went to Hokkaido. In fact, I followed the same tour agency Hong Thai, itinerary and coincidentally even the same tour guide Mr Frankie Fong after reading kingfisher's account below. Will history repeat next year after reading this thread? :hysterical:/>/>

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The taste is great and filling as well. It passed my stomach test. :)/>/>

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This is very nice and is a highly sought item as most Singaporeans buy back for their friends, relatives and colleagues.
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Posted 14 November 2014 - 01:43 PM

View Postboonboon, on 14 November 2014 - 01:22 PM, said:

No worries. A picture a week is sufficient to keep our eyes glued to this thread. :lol:/>/>/>/>


Won't be that slow, this weekend can do a lot of editing if my computer is well behaved.

View Postlazearus, on 14 November 2014 - 01:35 PM, said:

Yah hahaha take your time. Ooooo I didn't realise that there's caramel pudding flavoured Tokyo banana (the right most banana in the picture)


They actually have many other banana based products but the original is still the crowd favourite, just not my favourite as I don't eat banana.

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