Every time I visit Lake Chimikeppu, I remember Lake Emerald in Alberta. My wife and I enjoyed canoeing there fifteen years ago. As the name shows, the color of the lake was emerald green.
"Chimileppu " means "the place where water breaks the cliff and is flowing in the language of the indigenous people of Hokkaido Ainu. I can not find the place where the water breaks the cliff but the naming by Ainu people shows the fact precisely.
We arrived at the hotel of Lake Chimikeppu near my hometown Kitami City.It was so calm and cool on that day.
After jogging around the hotel "Lamp no Yado Mori Tsubetsu", I pigged out the quality breakfast of the hotel sourced locally.
This is the first guest to the backyard of the hotel "Lamp no Yado Mori Tsubetsu" on that day. It might be allured to the feeding table but before its breakfast, it walked on the stage in front of the window of the entrance hall as if a model fascinate on the cat walk in fashion events.
Thirty minute jogging may be the best for waking up your body and soul in the morning. You will get ready even for a uphill battle in the office.
The inside spa of the hot spring was filled up with the healing mist and a bit smell of sulfur. I felt the bones and muscles of my body getting power and the second wing again.
I went out of the forest and headed to the road to the downtown of Tsubetsu Town.
Soon I reached the intersection and found the sign to Lake Kussharo.
I think the dome on the photo above is the hot spring bathroom of the hotel. Because of the existence of the backyard, the scenery of the creek can be seen from the outside bath of the hot spring spa.
At the beginning of spring, we Japanese boiled the buds of these flowers of Fuki, Giant Butterbur. We have to boil them and sprinkle potassium carbonate with water to take off the poisonous element.
Giant Butterbur mushrooms here and there where clean water flow is near. I hope the mead is still fine even after the Lionrock Typhoon hit the eastern part of Hokkaido.
I stepped in the forest on the backside of the hotel "Lamp no Yado Mori-Tsubetsu" we stayed. The aroma of the breath of spruce trees filled up the forest.
We said "good-bye" to the creatures in the garden of the hotel and go back to our room. Needless to say, while we were savoring the dinner, so soft and comfortable "Japanese Futon" was set for each of us.
Next morning, I headed to the upper side of the river.