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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sapporo #66th Snow Festival #Top 5 Favourites

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
End your day in the Ramen Themed Food Court in Bic Camera Building (Shopping!) 10th Floor, enjoying some really delicious Ramen!

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
Just next to Sapporo Beer Museum, there is a place you must not miss, the Sapporo Beer Garden. The Genghis Khan hall, eat and drink as much Genghis Khan and Beer as you can! Something like Korean BBQ, where you have this cooker in the middle, and you can cook some really delicious meat and seafood. Really nice. Especially having it with their special Genghis Khan sauce. F*** the diet! 

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.
At the Top! Again regretfully did not came prepared for the winter, ZARA jackets were no good. The outdoor was totally stunning. However, we quickly went back indoor after taking some pictures. darn!

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. 
Phone: +81-11-533-0109 
(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!


suituapui said...

Lovely! Snow looks so nice...in pictures. Hehehehe!!! Your better half is so sweet and pretty. Love your padlock & message.

Coffee Girl said...

from Dubai to Japan... what a great holiday jump! Eh why the message is on the padlock? I tot it's a secret message thingy that only you know and then u throw away the key so that it will never be known. :D

[SK] said...

oooooh, Sapporo!!! i've only been there for a brief visit (not more than 2 days) during last summer.. let me see, The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building, The Sapporo Clock Tower, Sapporo TV Tower, Odori Park and Ramen Alley - we got them all done in just one evening!!! hahahaha~~ :D

Irvine Chin said...

suituapui, thanks for so much compliment! yes love the snow very much, regretted for not having better winter jackets to stay outdoors.

coffeegirl, really? darn, i hope i dont screw up the *luck thing*. anyway, sharing is caring!

hey sk, you seem to been everywhere! haha yeah, sapporo is small. but a very nice place.

Winnie Ding said...

Food looks amazingly good !! Love the pictures. I'm so jealous you get to travel around so much!

Irvine Chin said...

Hi Winnie, thanks for dropping by. Just once a year, not much! hehe.

Mostly are local day trips.

Juliet Polilova said...

Looks like so much fun!
Very nice blog by the way :)

Kisses from Russia,

Irvine Chin said...

Hi Juliet, thanks for dropping by and thanks for the compliment!

see you around!

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