Took up hot-air balloon and snow-mobiling with Asobiya.
A staff from Asobiya called me one day before my hot-air balloon ride, to inform me that they will confirm if the ride will be conducted at 6.30am the next day. I deem this gesture as a good service, so that we will not be rudely awaken by the call the next morning.
The views on the hot-air balloon was amazing. Winter landscapes viewed from above was amazing. The pilot on the flight was professional and ensured our safety was not compromised. We landed in the middle of the snow field, quite a distance away from the road where our vehicle was waiting for us. The dedicated staff on the ground ran up to us and helped in pulling the basket to the roadside. The snow was knee-deep, and boy, it must had been very tedious for them. I applaud the Japanese staff for their pride in their job.
The snow-mobiling as conducted at an open area, which was a golf course in summer. Though the guide spoke minimal English, she tried her best communicating to us using the English translations that were in her mobile phone. being first-timers, she was very concerned with our safety, and slowed down to ensure that we were able to catch up with her. Once she was ensured that we were comfortable with the vehicle, she picked up speed again.
I had a good time with Asobiya. Though the prices may be steep (I reckon such activities in Hokkaido do not come cheap either), dedicated services were rendered by the staff, and I know I am in good hands as they are very concerned about our safety.