I haven’t posted to my blog in almost two months! There is a lot of stuff keeping me busy at the moment and I have hardly taken any pictures at all recently. I’ll try to update my blog more frequently (predominantly with “old” stuff) in the coming weeks though.
During the New Year’s Holidays I went to Biei, Hokkaido with a couple of friends. I have been to Biei before in autumn but it was worth visiting again, especially since the blue pond was going to be lit up in the evening.
Before taking the bus to the Blue Pond close to Biei we walked around Biei’s famous Hills. Unfortunately time was rather limited as the bus only runs three times a day.
After a 30min bus ride we arrived at the Blue Pond! In hindsight we could have guessed what we were going to see..
Of course the Blue Pond was frozen and covered with snow! It is called the Blue Pond due to the blue tint of the water, for which the cause is not known yet. We were able to see some blueish water a little bit down the stream though:
And that is what the Blue Pond is supposed to look like and approximately looked like in autumn:
Still in good spirits we decided to carry on walking to Shirogane Onsen to get some food, take a bath in the Hot Springs and see the Shirogane Waterfall.
It took us around 45min of walking along a very icy, slippery road to finally arrive at Shirogane Onsen. Luckily the Cafeteria was still open and serving good & affordable food!
The Building looked from the inside like what I think is very typical for the Japanese countryside – dated but cosy.
Before heading to the Onsen, we stopped by the Waterfall! The view of the half frozen waterfall was amazing – seemed like some kind of seen from a movie.
A part of the water from the waterfall origins from a hot spring close by which is also the source for the blueish water accumulated in the blue pond.
Diving into the Onsen afterwards was a pure bliss! We were planning to walk back to the Blue Pond to see the light-up and then take the bus back to Biei, but by pure luck the Hotel which’s Onsen we used had a free shuttle bus to the pond! We were kind of relieved because we didn’t bring proper torchlights.
This time around we actually got to see some blue colour, even if it was just projected onto the snow..
The light up in itself was really well done and the lighting changed every minute or so…
Some red was still visible in the sky..
And then we waited for the last bus of the day to Biei Station..
Next to the station they set up a huge Christmas tree, which seemed kind of lonely..
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