The next leg of our trip was a race from Shinjuku to Sapporo Tower.
Team Sake – me – Subway-Shinkansen-Local limited Express – Walk
Team Ramen – Glenn, Chris, Steve – NRT airport bus – NRT-CTS-Tain-Walk
7:00 AM - Maranuchi Line from Shinjuku to Tokyo Station
Tokyo Station awaiting my shinkansen, move already
Good, now where is my Hyabusa
There we go. May I present the E5 Series – 320km/h
Snagged myself a little boxed lunch for the road, how is that airline food boys?
…and just like that, 4hrs later we arrive at Shin-Hakodate station to transfer
Walk faster or hop on…
Arrival at our hotel, exactly 8.5hrs later… did I win!?!!?
Team Ramen is off, 2hrs later than myself.
Do you see me?
Arrival at CTS
To the winners, go the spoils. Oh well.
After singing all 50 Engrish songs, time to hit Mos Burgers for less hurt tomorrow.
Off to the fish market
The most expensive bowl of fresh seafood ever, $35
My side order of crab brain and roe was the best dish of the trip.
I love these arcade malls for colder or rainy cities.
Ok, enough fooling around, metro to the real cultural experience
Beer, lamb, sausage in a German Japanese Bier Hall, yes please!
A 5L stein seems a wee bit ambitious…or does it?
Some Nikka and music to end the night.
I am very intrigued about the layout of this building.
Setting up for the winter market/lights/festival
Some local soup curry before the bus up to the onsen.
Magic from the clouds, no, seriously, this powder was ridiculously fluffy.
What’s this, geothermal foot ponds to sit with your friends at, yes!
It was snowy, windy and cold (-2) so the town was dead, but I stumbled upon the most wonderful of bartenders and bar unchanged since the 80s. We shared whiskeys and my photos, as he tried to explain all of the famous visitors to the bar.
Course 1 of 7 or 8.
Sayonara Hokkaido, time for Round 2 of our race back to Tokyo.
Sorry I didn’t stop in Hakodate, next time I promise to come see your lights.
Back to Tokyo
My favourite shinkansen awaiting Team Ramen… who beat me again. That said, who really won…
Time for a night out in Shinjuku.