Japan Diaries 4: Weekend 46

Weekend 46: September 17-18, 2022

Day 320: September 17, 2022

Saturday - 9.17-19 Family Road Trip D1

September 19 (Monday) is Keiro no Hi or Respect of the Aged Day. It is a public holiday here in Japan. It only means that today is the start of this month's first long weekend. Yup, you read that right. It's the first as September 23 (Friday) is Autumnal Equinox Day which is also a holiday here in Japan

Driving from Rumoi to our first town for the day - Takasu

Here's what we did on the first day of our 9.17-19 Family Road Trip

We left Rumoi City at around 6AM (the earliest we have done so far) to go to the town of Takasu (鷹栖町).

These are the places that we visited in Takasu:


We bought some snacks at Seicomart Shunkodai

Takasu Shrine


We next traveled to the northern part of Asahikawa City (旭川市) and visited the Takasu Shrine, which I mistook as the major shrine of Takasu. 


We drove back to Takasu (鷹栖町) to visit the following places:

Green Park

Breakfast at Green Park


We next proceeded to the northeastern edge of Asahikawa to see the Asahikawa Tambo Art (Art on Rice Fields). Unfortunately, we were 5 days late as the observation deck was already closed. Nevertheless, we were still able to photograph the rice field art from the ground level. 

From there, our next stop is the town of Pippu (比布町). These are the places that we've visited in Pippu:

Pippu Shrine

Large pumpkins are displayed on Pippu Shrine grounds

Our next stop is the town of Toma (当麻町). These are the places that we visited in Toma:

Toma Shrine
  • Toma Shrine
Toma Bell Cave

Inside Toma Bell Cave
  • Toma Bell Cave
Next destination - Aibetsu town

We then visited the town of Aibetsu (愛別町). These are the places that we visited in Aibetsu:

Aibetsu Shrine
  • Aibetsu Shrine
Aibetsu Noson Park
  • Aibetsu Noson Park
From Aibetsu, we drove to the town of Kamikawa (上川町). These are the places that we visited in Kamikawa:

Bell of Espoir
  • Bell of Espoir

Ogamigawa Shrine
  • Ogamigawa Shrine

Bought snacks at 711 Kamikawa 

Before leaving the town, we first bought groceries and snacks at De Marche and 711 Kamikawa. Our last stop for the day is the town of Engaru (遠軽町). To reach it, we used the Kamikawa-Sounkyo Interchange. It cut our trip by almost 20 minutes if we used Route 333. 

Passed through the 3.27-kilometer Kamikoshi Tunnel along E39 going to our next destination

Roadside Station "Maruseppu"

This allowed us to visit Roadside Station "Maruseppu" before it closed. Hence, I still got both the physical and digital roadside station stamps for my Hokkaido Roadside Station Stamp Rally

Maruseppuikoinomori Camping Ground

Dinner time!

Maruseppu Onsen Yamabiko 

Time to freshen up before calling it a day

From there, we drove to Maruseppuikoinomori Camping Ground to set up camp for the day.  After paying the camping fees, we set up camp by the river.  We had our yakiniku night before walking to the nearby Maruseppu Onsen Yamabiko to clean and relax our bodies after being on the road the whole day. 

That wraps up the first day of our 9.17-19 Family Road Trip. See you tomorrow.
 

Day 321: September 18, 2022

Sunday - 9.17-19 Family Roadtrip D2

It's day 2 of our 3-day 9.17-19 Family Road Trip. We woke up early and packed up our camp quickly as we still had a lot of kilometers to cover to reach our next campsite. 

スハ43 703
Su Ha 43 703

北海道遺産 森林鉄道蒸気機関車 雨宮21号
Hokkaido Heritage Forest Railway steam locomotive Amemiya 21

Ikoinomori Station

Maruseppu Shrine

We left Maruseppuikoinomori Camping Ground in Maruseppu in the town of Engaru (遠軽町) at around 8AM. before leaving Maruseppu, we first visited Maruseppu Shrine to pay respects and offer some prayers. From there, we drove to the central part of Engaru. These are the places that we've visited in Engaru:

Engaru Mori-no-Okhotsk Roadside Station

Exploring Engaru Mori-no-Okhotsk Roadside Station grounds
  • Engaru Mori-no-Okhotsk Roadside Station
Taiyo no Oka Engaru Koen

We enjoyed exploring the vast park and checking out the cosmos flowers in full bloom

  • Taiyo no Oka Engaru Koen / Hill of the Sun Engaru Park
Cosmos Festa at Engaru Park

雪かき車 キ282
Snow Plow Ki282

蒸気機関車 D51 859号機
Steam locomotive D51 No.859

Engaru Park playground area
  • Engaru Park 

Engaru Shrine
  • Engaru Shrine
We next traveled to the town of Yubetsu (湧別町). Unfortunately, it began to rain shortly after we arrived. As a result, we had to skip most of the destinations on our itinerary. Regardless, we were able to visit the following locations in Yubetsu:

Roadside Station Kamiyubetsu Onsen Tulip Hot Spring

  • Roadside Station Kamiyubetsu Onsen Tulip Hot Spring
Kamiyubetsu Railway Museum

  • Kamiyubetsu Railway Museum
711 Yubetsu
  • 711 Yubetsu 

Yubetsu Shrine
  • Yubetsu Shrine

Roadside Station Ai-Land Yubetsu

Inside Roadside Station Ai-Land Yubetsu
  • Roadside Station Ai-Land Yubetsu
We continued on to the town of Saroma (佐呂間町). We visited the following places in Saroma:

Roadside Station Lake Saroma
  • Roadside Station Lake Saroma
Saroma Shrine
  • Saroma Shrine

Abashiri Prison Museum

Inside Abashiri Prison Museum

From there, we headed to the last place in our itinerary which is Abashiri City (網走市). Since we stayed a bit longer in Engaru and also because of the rain, we were only able to visit one destination in Abashiri which was the Abashiri Prison Museum

We had dinner at Sukiya Abashiri

For dinner, we drove back to the city proper to look for a place to eat. We ended up at Sukiya Abashiri. We stayed there for a bit to wait for the rain to subside as well but it just kept on going. We became a bit desperate to the point of inquiring about rooms in the nearby hotels. Thankfully, they were all fully booked. 

Hotel Abashirikoso

We had no other choice but to drive to Abashiri Lakeside Hotel Hot Spring which is an amenity of Hotel Abashirikoso. We stayed in the hot spring until closing time (10PM) hoping that the rain would finally subside. 

We camped at Yobitoura Camping Ground

The rain didn't stop though but it turned into a drizzle giving us the confidence to camp. With that, we went with our original plan to camp at Yobitoura Camping Ground albeit very late at night. 

Overall, even though it rained hard at around 2AM onwards, we slept like babies thanks to the makeshift waterproofing that we had like the shower curtain and aluminum foil camping mat.

Well, that's it for today. See you on the third and last day of our adventure.

Read more: 

Toma Shrine
Toma Limestone Cave
Aibetsu Shrine
Aibetsu Noson Park
Bell of Espoir
Ogamigawa Shrine
Roadside Station "Maruseppu"
Maruseppuikoinomori Camping Ground
Maruseppu Onsen Yamabiko
Engaru Mori-no-Okhotsk
Taiyo no Oka Engaru Koen / Hill of the Sun Engaru Park
Engaru Park (Cosmos Festa)
Engaru Shrine
Roadside Station Kamiyubetsu Onsen Tulip Hot Spring
Kamiyubetsu Railway Station
Yubetsu Shrine
Roadside Station Ai-Land Yubetsu
Roadside Station Lake Saroma
Saroma Shrine
Abashiri Prison Museum
Abashiri Lakeside Hotel Hot Spring
10 Things to Do in Toma
10 Things to Do in Aibetsu
10 Things to Do in Kamikawa
10 Things to Do in Engaru
10 Things to Do in Yubetsu
10 Things to Do in Saroma
10 Things to Do in Abashiri City


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  1. You should visit Kamiyubetsu in April for the Tulips festival.

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    1. Thank you for the recommendation. I will include Kamiyubetsu in my plans next time.

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