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Fukidashi Park in Kyogoku, Hokkaido

Fukidashi Park is a park in Kyogoku town, Niseko located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and is well-known for tasty spring water. Perfect for a relaxing stroll in the early morning, visit Fukidashi Park and listen to the water gushing from the grounds. 

Built around the cool spring water, the park is constructed with turning paths leading to the source of spring water which flows into two ponds. The water is refreshingly cold that as visitors approach the spring outlets, the temperature drops to create a naturally air-conditioned area.

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Fukidashi means “Gushing out” in Japanese.

Fukidashi Park (ふきだし公園)

How to get to Fukidashi Park

Fukidashi Park is adjacent to road station “Meisui-no-Sato Kyogoku (名水の郷きょうごく)”. It is about 15 minutes on foot from Kyogoku Bus Terminal. If you’re driving from Sapporo, it is a 90 minutes drive.

Admission is free. The parking lots are also free of charge.

Fukidashi Park

Meisui Plaza, Fukidashi Garden, shops, Cafe Cafe-mocha, gazebos, BBQ House, 33 statues of Goddess of Mercy, public restrooms and parking lots on the site. Meisui Coffee and Meisui Coffee Jelly are also popular there. In addition, Kyogoku Onsen, Isshinan, a convenience store, Three-you-park Park Golf Course, and a camping ground are built near the Fukidashi park, too.

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Otaru Canal in Hokkaido, Japan

Beautiful Canal Lined with Old Warehouses

‘Otaru’ is one of the leading tourist spots in Hokkaido with high popularity, and its symbol is the Otaru Canal. But what’s so special about the Otaru Canal? And how much tourism time should you set aside for it?

Otaru Canal, 小樽運河, Otaru Unga

Otaru Canal was a central part of the city’s busy port in the first half of the 20th century. Large vessels were unloaded by smaller ships, which then transported the goods to warehouses along the canal.

The canal became obsolete when modern dock facilities allowed for direct unloading of larger vessels. Thanks to a citizens’ movement, a part of the canal was beautifully restored in the 1980s instead of being landfilled, while the warehouses were transformed into museums, shops and restaurants.

The Otaru Canal is a ten minute walk or a two minute bus ride down the main road from Otaru JR Station.

The canal is about 1.1km long, so it makes for a pleasant stroll during the day on the promenade, when artists present their works to passing tourists, and during the evenings when old fashioned gas lamps are lit and provide a romantic atmosphere.

We started our stroll from one bridge to another. From the bridges, you’ve a beautiful view the warehouses, the canal, and the promenade. The 2 bridges are the Chuo Bridge and Asakusa Bridge.

View of Otaru Canal from Chuo Bridge
View of Otaru Canal from Asakusa Bridge
We visited Otaru Canal in the cool 14.1*C autumn season.

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Odori Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Autumn in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and enjoy some greenery at Odori Park.

Odori Park spans about 1.5 km and covers 78,901 square meters in the center of Sapporo. It stretches from east to west across 13 blocks of fountains, monuments, and gardens. The address is from Nishi 1 chōme, Ōdōri to Nishi 12 chōme, Ōdōri.

“Nishi” means west, and “chōme” is a block in Japanese

On the eastern end of the park is the Sapporo TV Tower. On the western end is the Sapporo Archives Museum (Former Sapporo Court of Appeal).

Odori Park divides the city into north and south sections.

Odori Park at 1:00pm in autumn
Sapporo TV Tower
View of Odori Park at night from the Sapporo TV Tower
Odori Park at 10:00am

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Meet GJ My GF

Hi guys, sorry for the delay in posting because I’ve been pretty busy with a pretty girl. Yes, a VERY pretty girl.

It’s a “very x 3” long story….

Now, where do I even begin? It all started in the fall of 2013. I met her in Australia. We met briefly, quickly exchanged contacts, and said our “Hi’s” and “Bye’s”.

However, things started getting serious in the winter of 2013. The weather was getting colder. Night fell earlier than usual. The sky was always black and blue. I was getting moody. I was sad. I was down.

I needed a friend. Through my sadness, she was there beside me. When I was down, she lifted me up. When I was shivering cold, she filled me with her warm and fuzzy love.

Things heated up in the summer. The heat was unbearable. I was constantly burning with anger. I would flare up over the slightest incident.

Nevertheless, she was still there beside me. She remained as cool as spring, no matter the situation. She listened to all my rants, complaints, and arguments. Then, she would coolly and sweetly advice me. The advices she give would always send chills to my bones. She is the coolest girlfriend.

Her name is Gloria Jeans.

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