|We-Fie in Sapporo City|
Hello Guys! Guess What? The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is held during one week every February in Hokkaido’s Capital, Sapporo. And this year February 2015, here I am in Sapporo! Witnessing one of the Japan’s Most Popular Winter Events. The 66th Snow Festival.
Here's my Top 5 Favourites of this trip (well, everything is my favourites!).
1. City Walk
What i love about Sapporo is its small and peaceful city centre, a one day city walk will satisfy you! Most of the small attractions are around the corner and easily spotted, just few main location you need to know which is Odori Park, Susukino Area and the Huge Underground Passage Way which links to most of the places and to hide from the freezing cold winter out there! Sapporo is really cold during the winter (like below zero degrees), so don't be silly like me buying fancy jackets from ZARA. FML. Most of my time spent hiding indoors. When the outdoor was so god dam beautiful.
Walking around these places you will stumble upon a few should-drop-by-attraction spot!
|The Super Huge Underground Passage Way!|
|The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building|
|The Sapporo Clock Tower|
|View From the Tallest Building in Sapporo. Sapporo TV Tower.|
Just right in the middle of this picture, from bottom to all the way to the other end is Odori Park. Where during winter you will witness the Sapporo Snow Festival. Plenty of winter activities, ice sculptures and illumination, food stalls and etc.
The Sapporo Snow Festival was started in 1950, when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. It has since developed into a large, commercialised event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and across the world.
We were here 1st of February, therefore, the festival was just beginning, not at its 100 percent yet.
|Walking Down to Odori Park|
|Amazing Ice Sculpture|
|What i Love About Japan. Food!|
|Exceptional Work of Art|
|The Ramen Themed Food Court|
2. Sapporo Beer Museum
Just 5 min drive from the city, one of my favourites in Sapporo. The Beer Museum was opened in July 1987 to provide visitors with a varied knowledge of Japanese beer and brewing. We had all three specials, Sapporo Black Label, Sapporo Classic and Kaitakushi Beer! Honestly, beer was very good!
|Walking Around - Looking at Sapporo Beer Garden|
|Sapporo Beer Garden|
3. Ramen Alley
If you are a Ramen Fan, this place is the real deal. Dinner at Ramen Alley (Ramen Yokocho) is a must, i heard there is also a New Ramen Alley (Shin Ramen Yokocho). This place is small, just an alley, however, with quite a number of ramen restaurants to try. The cooking was quite traditional and i love it. The picture was the Corn Ramen. We also had the BBQ Scallop Ramen. DELICIOUS!
One thing i learned from eating in Ramen Alley is adding a slice of butter goes well with eating ramen.
4. Mount Moiwa
Just less than 10 min drive away from the City. A Must visit, the sceneray that opens up from the altitude of 541 meters shows the beautiful four seasons of the wide open north. Allowing oneself to be enveloped and intoxicated by nature while taking a panoramic view of the city of Sapporo.
|Taking Tram from City to Free Shuttle Bus Stop, Free Ride to the Ropeway Station|
|The Ropeway have Two Station Stops|
|Must Try, at the Midway Ropeway Station|
|Chilling at the Jewels Restaurant|
Very stunningly beautiful restaurant. The sides of the restaurant are made up entirely of glass. You will have a 270 degree view, and the city from here day and night are breathtakingly beautiful. One of the best dining experience i had.
|Dig In! Delicious.|
One thing not to miss, is the Lovers Sanctuary at the Summit Observatory. Time to attach our padlocks to the handrails :)
|Our Message :)|
5. Day Trip! #My Dreamtrip
This day trip was honestly a Dreamtrip. We followed the tour. The fun never stops and did never fail to amaze me and my partner. I wont be sharing this here, instead, a special post will be coming up shortly for this Day Trip. It was exceptional, a trip to be remembered. Stay Tune!
We had a full-day tour by chartered coach. Started assemble at the hotel lobby at 9 a.m. The journey starts heading to Noboribetsu (1.5 hrs.) to visit the Ainu Museum. Then next stop, the Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura. Get a feel for the Edo period. Highlight the Ninja Stage Show. Then Continue to Lake Shikotsuko Ice Festival (Illumination). Love it.
Finaly, drive back to Sapporo (1 hr.). Dinner at a local restaurant. My No.1 Restaurant in Sapporo. Will give this another dedicated post! Stay Tune!
Accommodation and Transport
We flew in to Sapporo from Dubai, using Cathay Pacific, which cost us about RM1900 / person. We stayed at this hotel. I would recommend here if you have the budget. With offer you would get it about RM350/night. It is well located near the station, and also having a spacious and clean room with good facilities.
Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu, 5-420,
Nishi, Minami 8 Jo, Chuo-ku,
Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido 064-0808, Japan.
(Near Nakajima Koen Station)
From Airport, most convenient and cheapest is to take the Train to Sapporo City. From there, you can easily travel around through Metro, Taxi or using the Underground Passage Way! Hope you will have your share of fun in Sapporo too!