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I drive along the coast to get to my two smaller elementary schools and as you come out of one of the tunnels, there is usually the most spectacular view of the mountains in Setana, which is two towns north of Otobe.
Cherry blossoms have finally come to Otobe, over a month and a half after Tokyo was celebrating the season. In Japan, cherry blossoms are often associated with the start of the new school/work/fiscal year in April, whereas in Hokkaido you’re more likely to see them for Golden Week at the beginning of May or school sports days near the end of the month.
Went on the tour with a bunch of other foreign tourists and some middle-aged Japanese. A rather depressing number of people showed up at the front gate, apparently having not done any research. You need a (free) reservation to get in. Now you know. Not that any of you would ever throw a tantrum in front of a palace guard.