Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan (Recap at 150 Days)
After an incredibly luxurious flight there, we arrived in Tokyo on Sunday, October 2, and headed to our hotel, the Park Hyatt. While this hotel normally runs over $700 per night, remember that if you open the Hyatt credit card by Chase and meet a minimum spending requirement, you’ll receive a welcome gift of two free nights, at any Hyatt in the world, regardless of quality or price! We opened the cards before we left and made sure to make our free nights count!
While in Tokyo, we found time to have a meal with our friend Chris, whom we haven’t seen in almost a decade, since the days we lived in Boston. It’s always incredible to see familiar faces overseas, and we tried our hands at a new dish we’d never heard of, monjayaki.
The morning of Thursday, October 7, we took our first stop in Hokkaido south to the town of Noboribetsu, a small village dotted with hot springs and geysers.
After a morning in Noboribetsu, we took a grueling seven hour train ride north to Wakkanai, the northernmost city in Japan. We arrived in Wakkanai just before midnight and managed to get about five hours of sleep before an early wakeup on Friday, October 7 to catch our ferry to Rebun Island. Maybe it was karma, but this sign greeted us at the ferry terminal in Wakkanai, announcing the ferry service was cancelled and would be reconsidered several hours later at 11:30:
We only had the single day in our itinerary to visit Rebun Island, and with nothing else to do, we caught a five hour train ride back to Sapporo to enjoy another day before going down to Osaka. We wasted a day trying to visit Rebun Island, but it didn’t stop us from visiting Otaru on our way back to Sapporo:
We walked around Sapporo for the day, exploring the capital of Hokkaido prefecture. We did pass what seemed to be some sort of diplomatic reception for delegates from Cambodia:
We didn’t get the chance to do the hiking we wanted on Rebun Island, but our time in Hokkaido was a blast, and we headed out afterwards back to Japan’s largest island and a visit to Osaka.