You would think Hokkaido would not be a terribly good place to put solar photovoltaics, but I saw several of of these small solar farms.
Just a typical view of Utashinai:
As Kenjiro was born in Otaru, I next went to his birthplace. My blog of just about seven years ago provided details. Today, my big decision was lunch: the fish market or Burger King. The former won out:
After two days at Toyoko Inn, I decided I was thrifty enough,and moved to the JR Tower Nikko Hotel located at the Sapporo Station. The internet at TI was awfully slow. My view at sunset:
Yoichi Whiskey, which shocked the world in 2008 by being name the best single malt in Scotland. I have a bottle of this "scotch" at the Compass Rose in the Tokyo Westin. In later years Yamasaki and Hibiki from Suntory also were selected #1. This past year in 2016? Old Pulteney, distilled in 1989 in Scotland.
So for my final dinner on Hokkaido, I pick and chose in the underground shopping area of the Sapporo Station, and came up with an international fusion:
Simply, Hokkaido beer, Maui chips, French croissant, vegetables from Japan, Castello blue cheese from Denmark and Syrah wine from Spain.
I woke up in the morning to this view from my room:
In an hour, on to Sendai, located 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear calamity. In 2014 (three years after the disaster) I stayed at the Westin Sendai and paid $45/night. Won't be the same this time.