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April 17 – OTARU, JAPAN

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Otaru, our final stop in Japan, is on Japan’s northern most island, Hokkaido. We joined this raven up on the 13th deck to watch our sail-in.

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We drove less than an hour away to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital city.

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Lots of German-looking influences – probably because of Sapporo brewery?

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We drove half-way up a mountain and a 3 minute Mt. Miowa Mini Cable Car took us to the top for a view.

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No, we didn’t find this cute guy up there– just his portrait.

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Mountain mascots – they’re really trying hard to get tourist trade.

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Lunch at Sapporo Brewery – the oldest of Japan’s four breweries.

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Cook your own – on a Mongolian warrior helmet-shaped cook top!

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First, smear fat, then put on bean sprouts, then the lamb, with onion and pumpkin slices around the base. Dip in soy sauce and enjoy! Unlimited, as was the beer!

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Back in Otaru – Hello, Kitty!

Posted by Swenigale 17:47 Archived in Japan

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