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Hoheikyo canoeing and Onsen!

2013年07月18日 16:11
カテゴリ:from Hokkaido JaLS

Some of the students went on a trip to Hoheikyo which lies just outside Sapporo to the west. The trip to Hoheikyo took less than two hours by bus. It was a lovely sunny day in which they travelled down the Toyohira river by canoe.

The Toyohira river is 72.5km long and provides the water supply for the city of Sapporo. It also powers the Hoheikyo dam which generates electricity. The scenery in the area was fantastic and they travelled under a famous bridge before reaching the top of a waterfall.

The students had a short break in which they drank delicious Chai tea which was provided by the guide. Chai tea originates from Southern Asia and contains cardamom, ginger, and other spices.

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Once the canoe adventure had finished the next stop was Houheikyo onsen. This onsen is very natural and the water comes directly from under the ground. It features both an indoors and outside onsen and has a beautiful natural atmosphere. The onsen can be enjoyed at any time of the year and is especially popular in the winter when the surrounding landscape is covered in snow.

One unique aspect of this onsen is that it contains a restaurant which is famous in Japan for its high quality Indian cuisine. The students enjoyed a delicious Indian curry before returning back to Sapporo.

“The canoe trip took place in a beautiful landscape with great views of the mountains of Hokkaido. Afterwards the onsen provided a relaxing environment after a busy day” – Jonas Soesch (Switzerland)

“It was a really fun day out and I recommend it to anybody staying in Sapporo. I want to come back and try the onsen in the winter when the area is covered in snow.” – Freddie Coleman (England)

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