(A sightseeing stop in the Hong Thai Travel 7D Hokkaido Package Tour, my first packaged tour experience.)
After travelling for about 30 mins from the Ice Pavilion, we reached the Ginga no Taki or Ginga Waterfall 銀河の滝 (also known as Milky Way Falls) and Ryusei no Taki or Ryusei Waterfall 流星の滝 (also known as Shooting Stars Falls). The waterfalls have frozen but they were still a pretty sight.
|Gift shop and a restroom here|
|Map of other waterfalls in the Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Area|
|We spotted a wild deer! |
Mom said not to go near as they're untamed and untrained
Address: 〒078-1701 北海道上川郡上川町
Tel: 01658-2-1211 (上川町役場)
Direction: 30 mins by car/taxi from JR Kamikawa Station 上川駅
Overnight at Sounkyo Kanko Hotel 層雲峡観光ホテル
About 20 mins away from the falls, we stayed the night at Sounkyo Kanko Hotel 層雲峡観光ホテル, and Mr Tour Guide said the hotel has a good onsen. Mom asked if I wanted to try the onsen, and I said no because I will be burnt!
Address: 〒078-1797 北海道上川郡上川町層雲峡温泉
|View from the room|
|Had loads of fun playing with the room gate|
Dinner was a buffet with many many different kinds of food, and our table was completely covered with food. I spent the time waiting for my grandparents and Mom to finish their dinner by spooking the fishes in the fish tank beside the table. And yes, we wore our yutaka for dinner.
I really liked this hotel because it had a games arcade on Level 1, and there were also shows and performances put by the hotel staff after dinner! All of us sat on a big mat in our yutaka, and I enjoyed the show.
|Magic show ... performed by a hotel intern|
|Taiko performance ... by the guest relations officers|
|Comedic skit ... by the front desk officers|
|Photo-op time! |
Mom said all the actors are males, even those playing the female parts
Notes from Mom
According to the info board at the falls, the Ginga and Ryusei Waterfalls are also nicknamed as the "Couple Waterfalls", with the Ryusei Waterfall the male waterfall, and Ginga the female waterfall. These 2 falls are also listed as one of Japan's 100 best waterfalls.
Worth a visit to soak in the grandeur of the falls in the Sounkyo Gorge.