Today's weather was different from yesterday's and could enjoy clear sky from the morning. Snow was piled up on the mountaintop of Mt. Yoteizan which was hidden in the clouds before, and the view of Ezo Fuji emerged.
Wonderful breakfast at the hotel this morning again.
Could't miss the hotel's exquisite yogurt with bananas and mango sauces.
After that, took a walk on an empty golf course. The scenery is good, the road is good, and the golf cart road was a good walking path.
The shape of the clouds changed from moment to moment.
Distance view of the hotel.
After the walk, relaxed in a wonderful hot spring overlooking Ezo Fuji before the departure.
Went to the HANAZONO area, which is being redeveloped recently. Niseko is actually a wide area. There are "Niseko Town", as the administrative district, and Hirafu district and HANAZONO district that belong to "Kutchan Town", and the positional relationship among them is difficult to understand.
The name of Niseko is from the Ainu word "Nisei Ko Ann Petz" (a river in a canyon). The mountain that is the origin of the river is named "Niseko Annupuri" as "Nupuri" means "mountain" in Ainu language.
There are four main ski resorts, Niseko Annupuri International, Niseko Village, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko HANAZONO Resort. They are all connected to each other and are all "Niseko" ski resorts.
Stop by Niseko HANAZONO Resort for research. Near the starting point of the ski lift, a hotel and residence complex for the wealthy foreign visitors opened last year. When visited there, a Ferrari event was being held.
HANAZONO's golf course. They are still open.
Went to "Hirafu Station", a small station between Niseko Station and Kutchan Station on the Hakodate Main Rail Line. After driving down the narrow mountain road, reached the old station building.
The "Hirafu district", which is now the international resort, and "Hirafu Station" are completely different worlds. The average number of passengers here a day is a single digit, and it is the only station in the country where the station building has a guest house.
Stopped at Niseko station as well. A lot of pumpkins were set for Halloween, and it was quite busy. Staff was stationed and sold tickets at the counter here. The station retains the old appearance of Niseko.
At both Hirafu and Niseko stations, only 7 trains stop each day for each way. The railway in Hokkaido is inconvenient.
On the way back, stopped by the roadside station "230 Rusutsu" just ahead of Makkari Village. Niseko is a rich agricultural area, as well as ski resorts, and it sells agricultural products produced by nearby farms directly.
Mt. Yoteizan in the setting sun seen from Nakayama Pass on the way. The armored car of the Self-Defense Forces stationed in Hokkaido also took a break here and enjoyed sunset.
Arrived in Sapporo. Blue moon tonight.
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