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Sayonara, Hokkaido!

9 May

An enjoyable trip in all, Piggletino hops into his little “onsen bath tub” along with his wine, Japanese mochi dessert and a cup of green-tea latte!

Goodbye Hokkaido, we’ll be back!

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On to the Rusutsu Resort!

7 May

Look! It’s snowing! The awesome view right out of the Rusutsu Resort’s room!

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Rusutsu Resort is one of the prominent large all-season resorts in Japan. Snow-rafting/snow-tubing activities were available on top of the usual skiing and snow-boarding activities. The resort was well-equipped with natural hot springs and a shopping mall for those who wished to stay indoors as the winters got colder. Piggletino decided to have his share of fun out in the cold!

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And right after having fun in the cold powdery snow, Piggletino headed back to his room to freshen up, while his scout walked around the resort to explore. He secretly dug into his scout’s luggage and found all these yummy goodies! Never try to hide the good food from Detective Piggletino!

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Trip to Hell Valley!!

25 Apr

At the break of dawn, Piggletino saw some signs of snow up on the mountains!

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The day was scheduled to visit Noboribetsu Jigokudani (登別地獄谷) or “Hell Valley”, a spectacular valley just above the town of Noboribetsu Onsen. No better name could be given to this amazing land-form, where steam and boiling water bubbled out of the frozen ground and the entire area was enclosed by tall intense forests and steep cliffs. Piggletino couldn’t come out because of the pungent smell of sulfur and bitter cold. Looks like the scout couldn’t go very far too because of the slippery grounds!

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They say this water from the ground feeds various onsens (hot spring baths) around the area, but Piggletino couldn’t understand why anyone would want to take a bath in waters that smell of sulfur when they can take a bath in sweet goodness of the Japanese glutinous rice desserts – green-tea mochi!

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NOTE: It will be a worthy trip to visit the Jigokudani in fall, in order to hike through the wooded hills and enjoy the sights of hot rivers flowing through the red forests!