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Mt. Akaiwa
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View of Otaru as we head toward Akaiwa
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View from Akaiwa of Cape Takashima. Todo Rock island on the left.
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Climbing Mt. Akaiwa. Almost rock climbing with a ladder and rope.
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View of the coast.
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Waste vegetable oil collection box sign.
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One supermarket in Date, Hokkaido which has a waste vegetable oil collection box.
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Near the entrance of the supermarket is the waste vegetable oil collection box.
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Waste vegetable oil collection box with a few plastic bottles of waste oil left by customers.
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A worker from Date Cosmos 21 comes to collect the waste oil.
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Other waste oil containers.
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This small building next to the Date Cosmos 21 Center is a waste oil conversion plant.
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Waste oil tanks, each holding 1000 liters. The waste oil is first filtered.
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The waste oil is fed to the conversion plant.
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Through a chemical process, the waste oil is converted to biodiesel fuel.
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Glycerine is removed from the waste oil.
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The biodiesel fuel goes into this barrel.
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The plant's control panel.
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Bottles showing the waste oil conversion process from left to right.
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Biodiesel fuel tank connected to a gas pump.
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Filling up the gas tank with biodiesel fuel.
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The non-toxic auto exhaust smells like tempura.
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Sapporo Station, morning train for Otaru.
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Inside train to Otaru. It takes about 40 min. by regular train, and costs a mere 620 yen.
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Milk shake with a Yubari melon flavor.
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My favorite train station name: Zenibako Station. Zenibako means money box.
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Otaru in sight from the train window.
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Sign promoting the Hokkaido Shinkansen to be built.
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Otaru Station
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Otaru Station platform
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Otaru Station
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Inside Otaru Station
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JR Otaru Station
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Otaru Station
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Otaru Station and bus terminal on the left.
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Chuo bus terminal next to Otaru Station.
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Billboard bus
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Sign promoting the shinkansen to be built to Hokkaido.
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View of Chuo-dori road from Otaru Station. Walk down this road to reach Otaru Canal.
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Sign in English, Chinese, Korean, and Russian.
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The former Temiya Line, Hokkaido's first rail line linking Otaru and Sapporo. It was discontinued in 1985.
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Temiya Line
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Former Yasuda Bank. More of Otaru historic buildings here.
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Karaoke place designed to blend in and conform to the area's building code.
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Miyako shopping arcade
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Miyako shopping arcade
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Chuo-dori road looking toward Otaru Station
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At the end of Chuo-dori is Unga Plaza which used to be Otaru Warehouse. Now find tourist info counter and gift shop.
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Inside Unga Plaza
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Unga Plaza inner courtyard.
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Otaru Canal is a short walk from Otaru Station.
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Otaru Canal has a large walkway alongside.
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Some artists show their work here.
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Otaru Canal
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Otaru Unga. "Unga" means canal.
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Murals showing some history of Otaru's marine transportation.
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Otaru Canal
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East end of Otaru Canal
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East end of Otaru Canal
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Warehouse along the Otaru Canal
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Restaurant near Otaru Canal.
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Rickshaw service available at the canal.
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On approach to New Chitose Airport on an Air Do Boeing 767.
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Landing on New Chitose Airport's runway 19L from a northerly approach.
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Hello Hokkaido, it's been a long time since I've been here.
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Arrival at the New Chitose Airport terminal.
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The baggage crew worked very quickly. That's my bag rolling off the plane while I was still sitting in my seat waiting to get off.
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New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido's main gateway, is the first place you see G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs as we get off the plane.
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Air Do Boeing 767 at New Chitose Airport.
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New Chitose Airport, another Welcome sign as we head for the baggage claim area.
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New Chitose Airport, another Welcome sign as we head for the baggage claim area.
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Inside New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza, more G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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Inside New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza, more G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza
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New Chitose Airport's beautiful Central Plaza.
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New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza
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New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza
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Inside New Chitose Airport's Central Plaza, G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit countdown.
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Inside New Chitose Airport at the check-in terminal, more G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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The airport has a huge shopping area full of gift shops.
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit merchandise. They all seem to be unofficial goods. They don't bear the official logo.
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Ramen shop sign.
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Minami-Chitose Station
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New Chitose Airport terminal
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Going through the boarding gate at New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido.
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Ze plane...
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On the boarding bridge to the plane. Notice the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit Welcome signs.
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In my seat. Calbee is a sponsor, selling potatoes and potato chips.
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Rainy night for take-off.
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Bye-bye Hokkaido...
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The famous Clock Tower or Tokeidai is overshadowed by much bigger and modern buildings in central Sapporo. A short walk from Sapporo Station and Odori Park.
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The Clock Tower was built in 1878 as part of the Sapporo Agricultural College established largely by three Americans from Massachusetts: Dr. Willian S. Clark, William Wheeler, and David P. Penhallow.
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The Clock Tower was used as a drill hall and ceremony hall. After the college moved, the building was used by local citizens for cultural purposes such as a library and lecture hall.
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The construction of the tower and installation of the clock was completed in 1881. The clock was made by Howard Clock Co. of Boston, MA. It is still in the Clock Tower, sounding its original chime.
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Front entrance of the Clock Tower.
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The Sapporo Clock Tower is an Important Cultural Property.
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The clock inside the tower is Japan's oldest. The gears and other main parts are also still the original ones. Thanks to excellent care and maintenance, the clock has come this far.
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Inside the Sapporo Clock Tower. The first floor has various display panels and exhibits.
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The exhibits explain about the history of Hokkaido's early settlement and development.
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Scale model of what the Sapporo Agricultural College looked like. Notice the Clock Tower. In those days, Sapporo's population was only 2,600.
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Records of songs which mention the Clock Tower.
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Panel showing foreign instructors who taught at Sapporo Agricultural College.
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Second floor of the Clock Tower. Mostly pews for a lecture hall.
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A working clock
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On New Year's Eve, a crowd gathers to hear the Clock Tower ring in the New Year.
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station on the Muroran Line. Date's main train station. 伊達紋別駅
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Inside JR Date-Mombetsu Station
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Date: Town of Bushido. Warrior's helmet on JR Date-Mombetsu Station train platform. The city has a samurai past.
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station overpass
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station stairs have wood.
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station overpass. The station has a certain weathered, rustic charm.
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station stairs to the train platform.
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JR Date-Mombetsu Station train platform.
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Train at JR Date-Mombetsu Station
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Street corner sculpture of a couple in love. Perhaps in reference to a romantic "date."
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Bus stop in central Date.
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Bus for Toyako Onsen Spa. They don't run that often, but are more convenient than a train if you want to go to Lake Toya.
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Donan Bus company provides bus service in this area. 道南バス
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Date Onsen Spa and cherry blossoms. There is a hot spring lodge with 58 rooms and a sauna. Reasonable rates. Non-guests can bath in the hot spring for 390 yen. Phone: 0142-25-1919
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The new JR Sapporo Station is the definitely the city's most noticeable change in recent years. It is a huge complex, a far cry from the old train station.
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This is Minami-guchi or the South Exit. On the far right is the JR Tower.
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Sapporo Station is nicknamed "Satsu-eki."
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Sapporo Station front and center on the south side.
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One of the entrances to Sapporo Station on the south side.
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This symbolic sculpture has been retained from the old Sapporo Station.
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Sculpture in front of Sapporo Station, south exit.
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See the same sculpture in front of the old Sapporo Station, which really was a train station with almost none of the shops and restaurants found in the new station building.
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Daimaru Dept. Store on the west side. Notice the entrance sign celebrating the 5th anniversary of the new train station.
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JR Tower
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Also on the south side of Sapporo Station is this countdown display for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit to be held in early July 2008.
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Sapporo Station Kita-guchi or North Exit.
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Bus stops on the north side of Sapporo Station.
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Sapporo Station, North Exit.
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Sapporo Station's North Entrance has a sculpture and water fountain.
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Sapporo Station's North Entrance has a sculpture and water fountain.
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View from Sapporo Station's North Exit
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Inside Sapporo Station building
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Tourist information office inside Sapporo Station. Very spacious with numerous racks or tourist pamphlets.
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Waiting area in Sapporo Station.
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Sapporo Station train platform. The platform looks dark (black) since entire station is covered. The ceiling is black. The roof is also a parking lot.
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Train platform in Sapporo Station. Well protected from snow.
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Above the train platforms is this roof and parking lot.
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View of Sapporo Station's north side from JR Tower. Admission to JR Tower lookout deck on the 38th floor is 700 yen.
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View of Sapporo Station's north side from JR Tower.
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View of Sapporo Station's north side from JR Tower.
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View of Sapporo Station's south side from JR Tower.
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View of Sapporo Station's west side from JR Tower.
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View of Sapporo Station's west side from JR Tower. See the roof of Daimaru Dept. Store.
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View of Sapporo Station's west side from JR Tower.
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JR Tower lookout deck (temboshitsu) called JR Tower Observatory T38. JRタワー展望室
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View from JR Tower looking south toward Odori Park.
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View from JR Tower looking south toward Odori Park. Sapporo TV Tower on the left.
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View from JR Tower toward Hokkaido University.
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View from JR Tower looking east.
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View from JR Tower looking east.
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Toilet with a view in JR Tower
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Urinal with a view in JR Tower
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On the west side is Kinokuniya Bookstore.
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Elevated train tracks on west side.
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Yodobashi Camera store on west side of Sapporo Station.2 comments
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Yodobashi, Hokkaido's largest camera and electronics store.
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Hakodate's main attraction and landmark is Mt. Hakodate-yama, accessible by ropeway.
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Going up Hakodate-yama, Hakodate, Hokkaido.
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Hakodate-yama
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Lookout deck on Hakodate-yama.
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A bird's eye view of Hakodate from Hakodate-yama. The city is pretty compact. Easy to tour on bicycle.
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At night from Hakodate-yama is the Million-Dollar View.
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Hakodate Port
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Hakodate Port
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Fireworks as seen from Hakodate-yama. The fireworks were part of the annual Hakodate Minato (Port) Matsuri festival in early Aug.
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Hakodate Minato (Port) Matsuri parade
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Old Hakodate Station. A new station was built in 2003.
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Old Hakodate Station.
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Old Hakodate Station.
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Old Hakodate Station.
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Mashu Maru, a ferry which plied between Hakodate and Aomori.
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Hakodate Morning Market
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Morning Market. Photo by Hokkaido Tourist Organization.
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Hakodate Red Brick Warehouses
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Hakodate Red Brick Warehouses at night. Photo by Hokkaido Tourist Organization.
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Goryokaku Castle Park
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Goryokaku Castle Park
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Goryokaku Castle Park. Frustrating that you cannot photograph the entire star-shaped castle. Unless you're in an airplane.
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Photo by Hokkaido Tourist Organization.
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Sea gulls in Hokkaido all face the same direction. They must be Japanese birds who like to conform to the group.
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Give back the Northern Territories
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Ticket gate and entrance to Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill (Hitsujigaoka Tembodai). 500 yen admission is charged so someone from the ticket office boarded our bus to collect admission fees.
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Approaching Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill. The place is open every day from 8:30 am to 6 pm or 7 pm during spring and summer. Slightly shorter hours during winter (Oct.-April).
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The place has a large parking lot and restaurant, shops, and wedding chapels. A little tourist village has formed over the years since the Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill opened in 1959.
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Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill is accessible by a 10-min. bus ride from Fukuzumi Station (Toho subway line). See the famous statue of William Clark on the fringe beyond the parking lot.
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While there, you will likely hear this bell being rung constantly. The place is managed by the Sapporo Tourist Association.
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Clark Bon Voyage Bell クラーク旅立ちの鐘
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Most postcards of Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill show only this famous statue. So I had no idea that there was also a little tourist village.
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An endless line of people taking pictures and posing in front of the statue.
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Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill's lookout deck.
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"Boys, Be Ambitious" This famous statue of Dr. William Clark was built in 1976 to mark Dr. Clark's 100th anniversary of his coming to Hokkaido, the 100th anniversary of Hokkaido University's founding, and the USA bicentennial.
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Dr. William S. Clark (1826-1886) was a professor from Massachusetts. The statue was made by a Japanese sculpturer and sponsored by the Sapporo Tourist Association. Hokkaido University has a bust of Dr. Clark which is also popular among tourists.
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Clark came to Hokkaido for 8 months during 1876 to 1877 as a founding vice president of Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University). When he departed, he supposedly said, "Boys, be ambitious!" to the students seeing him off.
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The low hill overlooks Sapporo from the southeast.
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Sapporo Dome can be seen on the right. It is near Fukuzumi Station.
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Another prop for photos. "I love Sapporo!"
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Hitsujigaoka means Sheep Hill, and it actually has sheep.
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Yujiro Song Monument for a Sapporo song called, "Koi no Machi Sapporo" (恋の町札幌) sung by Ishihara Yujiro whose bust is on the right. Built in 1991.
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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team monument marking the team's founding. Built in 2004. 北海道日本ハムファイターズ誕生記念碑
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The monument has handprints and autographs of the players.
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Handprint and autograph of Tsuyoshi Shinjo who was the team's most famous player.
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Clark Chapel on the left, and on the right is the Sapporo Snow Festival Museum which opened in 2001. It used to be a wedding chapel. さっぽろ雪まつり資料館
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The Sapporo Snow Festival Museum has display panels of all the past Sapporo Snow Festivals, dating from 1950.
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Panel for the 33rd Sapporo Snow Festival in 1982 which featured Iolani Palace of Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Snow Festival poster
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The museum also has rooms showing scale models of the giant snow sculptures built in the past. These scale models were made when the respective snow sculpture was being designed.
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Scale model of Hawaii's Iolani Palace made of wood, painted white. Built for the 33rd Sapporo Snow Festival in 1982.
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Scale model of the Iolani Palace made of wood, painted white. Built for the 33rd Sapporo Snow Festival in 1982. The palace is in Honolulu, Hawaii, built by King David Kalakaua in 1882.
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Top view of Iolani Palace scale model.
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Here's what it looked like in Feb. 1982. Iolani Palace made of snow. More Sapporo Snow Festival photos here.
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Sculpture of Commodore Perry's visit to Japan (2003).
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More scale models in this room.
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Horyuji temple, Nara
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Palace in Thailand (2007)
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Left is the capitol building in Norway (2005), and on the right is Flinders Street Station in Australia (2006).
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Concert Gebouw, Holland (2000)
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Salzburg Cathedral, Austria (1996)
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Munich National Museum, Germany (1997)
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London St. Paul's Cathedral, UK (1998)
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Schloss Linderhof castle, Germany (1995)
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Tools used to carve the snow sculptures.
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Sapporo Snow Festival memorabalia.
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Sapporo Snow Festival pins
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Sapporo Snow Festival postcards
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Snow Festival book
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Sheep house
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Inside sheep house
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