It was an early start for day 8, with us checking out of the Hotel Okura in Kobe to head for the Osaka Airport for a flight to Niigata. We boarded the ANA plane and an hour later arrived at the beautiful snow covered and bitterly cold Niigata. As we went outside of the airport to the bus, it was snowing lightly and since most of the participants came from a hot and wet weather countries, so everyone was excited to see the snow. Since it was nearing lunch time, we were heading to a restaurant for our meal. But since we were a bit early, Kazumi-san took us to the observatory building to see the view of Niigata. When we arrived there, it was snowing heavily. As we went up to the observatory, the view was not that clear. The buildings were all covered in white and visibility was also not that good as the snowfall was heavy. After the brief stop at the observatory, we went straight to the restaurant for lunch. We had a western lunch, with appetizer, salmon main course and dessert. After lunch, we made a stop at the local supermarket to look at some of the local products.
Our obento breakfast in the bus
At the Osaka Airport
Ariel view of Osaka
Snow covered mountain tops
Waiting to go outside to the bus at Niigata Airport
Snowing lightly as we put our luggage in the bus
Tom and i outside the observatory building in Niigata. It was snowing heavily and everyone was excited.
Huy, Kate, Tom, Nikhil and Ketsana
The Toki or ibis bird, the symbol of Niigata
I think this is some sort of message board on the observatory
The view of Niigata from the observatory on a very clear day
This was the view on that day, all white covered by snow
On our to the restaurant for lunch
The people at our table
Chocolate cake dessert
Outside the restaurant. Btw, the building behind me is not the restaurant :p
Fish sold at the local supaa
Nicely packed food
Now back to the serious stuff, we made our way to the Niigata Prefecture Office to meet the Governor and also to hear a briefing by the officials from the Office on the disaster management of Niigata Prefecture. After the 2 hour visit and some question and answer sessions, it was time for us to leave and for dinner time. We went to this little restaurant and had to sit on the floor for our hotpot dinner. The food was delicious. It was definitely the best food that i’ve had in Japan. After dinner, we went straight to the Hotel Okura Niigata where we were staying for the night.
At the Niigata Prefecture Office
The Governor presenting a gift to Mr. Zaw
One of the official’s briefing on Niigata’s disaster management
Nishiki koi or carp is one of the product of Niigata
Our “sitting-on-the-floor” dinner
With our resourceful guide, Kazumi-san
Koy and Aye
Love the snail, very sweet!
The avocado and prawn salad
This dish was not that good. I don’t know what it was but it was cold!
The hotpot soup. Definitely the best i’ve had!!
My dinner neighbour
The snowed in bicycle next to our bus