Koinobori in Biei, Hokkaido

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/3000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Koinobori Floating in the Breeze

The other day I posted about a koinobori bento that Fumie made for Anthony, featuring koinobori (carp streamers) made from wieners.

Today is the Children's Day national holiday in Japan, for which koinobori are flown. We saw many more koinobori flown while driving around Hokkaido than we do in Kyoto. It was nice.

The ones above are in front of what looks like a small hotel in the middle of nowhere, in Biei, an hour's drive north of where we stayed in Furano. (A bit of search after the fact shows that it's indeed a small hotel with the odd name “With You”)

The Biei area is really beautiful, even though the end of April is probably the worst time of year to visit. (See the references to “bland” and “bleak” in my previous post.) In taking the picture above, we'd stopped along the side of the road, as we did numerous times, to enjoy the scenery. Here's a view from the same spot, looking the other way.

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 125mm — 1/350 sec, f/7.1, ISO 160 — map & image datanearby photos
Idle Fields in Biei, Hokkaido

Apparently, these particular fields are planted with potatoes, yielding a beautiful sea of purple flowers as they grow.

For completeness, here's a view of the hotel and its koinobori from the next nearest building, a small restaurant we liked, that I'll write about another day.

Nikon D200 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 135mm — 1/250 sec, f/10, ISO 160, P.P. boost: +0.50EVmap & image datanearby photos
“With You” hotel in Biei, Hokkaido

The hill in front of the hotel is planted with lavender, which in early May is gray and dead. I have no doubt that it's excellently pretty in the summer.

Fumie and I are absolutely beat from our trip, having returned late yesterday evening. We've been completely groggy all day, as if from a really bad case of jet lag. Maybe it's “boat lag.” Ugh. I hope we feel better tomorrow.

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The “WITH YOU” hotel looks lovely and I’d like to stay there in my August 10 to 13, 2008 trip. Kindly email me the contact details . I’d also appreciate advice on access to this Hotel from Tokyo. Thank you. Tony TONG Kee Choi

Uh, you didn’t leave your email. Their phone number is on their web page. You should ask them about access, but I’d guess you’d want to fly to Asahikawa Airport. —Jeffrey

— comment by Tony Tong on February 6th, 2008 at 11:22am JST (16 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi, I am looking for a ncie place to stay in Biei, is this hotel nice? Do you have some internal photos to show me? I cant understand japanese and the website is in Japanese, can you share with me some details on how you book this hotel and how much it would cost?

We didn’t stay there (nor anywhere in Biei), so I can’t provide much more than that link to the place. The photo is as close as we got. —Jeffrey

— comment by Shirley on July 8th, 2008 at 4:59pm JST (16 years ago) comment permalink
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