Today we left Sapporo and rode the train to Niseko (ニセコ町). The town and surrounding region is widely known for the ski slopes on Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山 youteizan) and the surrounding peaks, including Niseko Annupuri (ニセコアンヌプリ). The train ride to Niseko is rather long as the train is basically a bus on tracks. To get to Niseko, we took trains on the Hakodate Line from Sapporo, changing trains at Otaru Station. The train we rode from Otaru worked like a city bus instead of a train, with passengers taking stop number tickets when they get on and then paying the fare on the display for their number when they get off. The train also didn’t go much faster than a bus down the single set of tracks. The stations the train stopped at on the way were tiny. I will be sure to get some pictures on the way out of Niseko; I didn’t have a good position on the train to take many pictures out the window.

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