Last 2 days of our Hokkaido holiday!
Our breakfast was scheduled at 8.30am, so I woke up a little earlier for a soak at the onsen. The male and female onsen baths had switched over at 4am, and this was the "male" onsen that hubby visited previous day. The changing area is a tad smaller in size.
There was even a crib inside the changing area.
The indoor onsen.
Another indoor onsen, cybress bath style.
To get to the outdoor onsen, have to go down a flight of stairs. Felt so cold while walking down since we could only bring in a tiny towel.
Quickly jumped into the hot spring water. Ahh, much better.
8.30am, our breakfast time!
Tofu and fishcake hotpot.
Soup and radish.
After breakfast, we went back to the room to laze some more.
Checked out at around 10.15am and proceeded to the bus-stop to wait for the "KappaLiner" scheduled at 10.30am.
The bus ride took about 30 mins and soon we reached JR Sapporo Station. From there, OTOT till 2pm to check in at Hotel Gracery. Shopping time! And then it was more shopping after we checked in :p
We met up again at 8pm, at Susukino for dinner. We had eyeballed this BBQ mutton shop few nights ago.
Lamb sausage was surprisingly yummy!
After having the grilled mutton, we decided to hop over to Ramen Alley for a bowl of ramen, went back to the same shop as we liked the ramen previously.
The next morning, we had a couple of hours to spare before heading to the airport. So we dropped by Nijo Market 二条市場 which is located near Odori Park. It's a fresh market similar to the Curb Market (Central Wholesale Market) but more conveniently located.
However, having visited the Curb Market, Nijo Market pales in comparison in terms of products, number of shops and vibrancy. But I guess it's still an attractive fresh market for tourists and visitors who didn't have time to go all the way to Curb Market.
We walked towards Tanukikouji shopping street in search of breakfast place.
Breakfast at Cafe Doutor. Variety of sandwiches available.
After breakfast, we went back to the hotel, did some last packing and checked out. Took the JR bound for New Chitose Airport. When we checked in our luggage at the ANA counter, was really pissed off when the ground crew told us that my luggage was overweight. My luggage was 30kg which is within the baggage limit, but the maximum weight allowed for 1 piece of luggage is 23kg. In other words, I had to split my luggage into 2 - 1 piece at 23kg and the other 7kg. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my spare duffel bag, and hubby had to sacrifice his hand carry backpack for my 7kg of stuff.
With all this time wasted, we had very limited time to explore the awesome New Chitose Airport, less than 1.5 hours to go before boarding the plane. We quickly headed to the duty free shops to get the must-buy Hokkaido snacks and then to Smile Road/Sweets Zone where there's Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Royce Chocolate shops.
We didn't have much time left and many areas and shops unexplored yet :((( Had to go into the immigrations and departure lounge after a while. Next time, we must make it a point to reach the airport at least 3-4 hours in advance!
We will be back again!