Japan Day 8 Part One: Furano Grape Juice Factory + Winery + Rokkatei

Furano’s major places of interests are about 2.5 hours away from Sapporo, and getting there can be a little difficult. So, I’ll dedicate an entire post to that later! In the meantime… here’s a summary of the first three places we visited in Furano!

First stop: Furano Grape Juice Factory:

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Of course we had to try some of the local products! We bought a cup each of the red grape juice and the white grape juice… and while it was good to try something new, we wouldn’t want to drink it again!

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The grape-flavoured soft serve ice cream, however, was super delicious and tasted of sweet grapes!

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There frankly wasn’t much to see at the factory, so we just bought food to try and took some silly photos…

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This purple potato treat on the left was absolutely vile. 😦 The wine-flavoured jelly… it’s still somewhere in my bag. I wasn’t too keen to try it after hearing Mario’s not-so-favourable review of it.

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Still, it was nice to just be there in the countryside! The weather was fantastic – hovering around a very comfortable 22 degrees celcius!

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Our next stop was the Furano Winery! Again, there wasn’t much to see, but you could help yourself to free samples of the wine!

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We actually really liked the white wine, but as we were visiting multiple cities and countries on this trip and wanted to travel as light as possible, we didn’t think it would be wise to buy a bottle!

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We did, however, buy wine-flavoured potato chips! I liked the hint of wine in it, but Mario hated it. No biggie – that meant more chips for me. πŸ˜›

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The winery had lovely flower fields too!

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Lots of bees…

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Apart from the lavender fields, there were plenty of other gorgeous flowers too:

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Oooh, fuzzy bee…

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We then walked over to Rokkatei – Mario played with a dandelion (I think) along the way.

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And look at what we spotted in the sky! How exciting!

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We also walked past fields with grape vines. Didn’t spot any ripe grapes though! They were all pretty small.

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Finally at Rokkatei!

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A vast expanse of grape vines…

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We sat on the patio and just enjoyed the breeze and the view.

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Rokkatei is apparently famous for their confectionery, so we couldn’t resist a tea-time treat. Mario opted for chocolate cake and I chose strawberry shortcake. Yummy and fresh!

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Some berries outside. We spotted a man plucking a berry and popping it into his mouth. Tsk!

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We spent about 2.5 hours in total in these three places! Next up, Farm Tomita…

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