We spent 2 nights at the beautiful Rusutsu Resort . There were numerous ski slopes, a farm, an amusement park with numerous roller coaster rides (which was unfortunately closed during winter), an indoor swimming pool with a 100m long slide as well as an onsen and lots of shops!!
The children did not want to go skiing and opted instead to go sledding. As the slope for sledding was not as high as the ski slopes, there were no chair lifts to bring us up to the top of the sled slope.
(Trying to make snow angels)
(A pony at the farm)
(Sledding down the slope)
(Little D and her little Snow Princess)
Next stop was Lake Fukuidashi, where we collected Natural spring water for drinking. Here, we also had a beautiful view of Hokkaido's "Mt Fuji", Mount Yotei.
(Near Lake Fukudashi)
(Mt Yotei, also known as the Mt Fuji of Hokkaido)
Then we were on our way to Sapporo. We stopped by Otaru Canal, for some shopping around the area. We went to the music box factory where the children could customise their own Music boxes, choosing the designs from whta was available as well as the music they wanted. There were also loads of chocolate shops there. The famous Le Tao, Royce, Hori, etc. No prizes for guessing, we bought heaps!! After a long afternoon of shopping we finally arrived at our Hotel in Sapporo , the Sapporo Grand Hotel.
(The hotel was all decked out for christmas)
That night we were hosted to dinner at one of the top crab restaurants in Hokkaido. There we were served crab sashimi, crab sushi, crab tonkatsu, crab soup, crab brains, grilled crab, crab chawan mushi, crab salad, crab siew mai. It was another one of those meals - hokkaido king crab everything, that I must have left the restuarant with crabs coming out of my ears.
(Little D admiring the display in the crab restaurant).
Was I afraid of crabs after that? NO! The next morning, we went to a seafood market and guess what I bought? More crabs!!
(That giant crab is for me!!)
(NO, Little D! I am not buying those giant cabbages!)
That afternoon, we went shopping at the numerous shopping malls in Sapporo. We had lunch at Ramen Republic, a place pretty much like their ramen street except that this was in a Shopping Mall (pretty much like Food republic at Wisma Atria in Singapore)
That evening we went for the Sapporo Light Illumination at Odori Park. It was only 4.30pm but look at how dark it was.
(Look at the time on the Sapporo TV Tower in the background)
On our last day there, it started snowing again!
The kids had a wonderful winter vacation, and they are asking for another next year!!