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4 Places to Visit in Sapporo, Hokkaido

1-day tour of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

By Ian FanPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
4 Places to Visit in Sapporo, Hokkaido
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After a nine-hour flight, we finally reached our destination - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

It was autumn. As autumn goes, the weather wasn't very welcoming. It was raining in the freezing cold 13 to 19 degrees autumn season. Nevertheless, it was still way cooler than the humid climate and tropical weather in Malaysia.

Directly from New Chitose Airport, a charter van took us to our hotel - Unwind Hotel & Bar Sapporo - in the heart of Sapporo. It was almost a one hour ride to the hotel. We dropped off our luggage at the hotel and continued our own tour to Pole Town.

1. Pole Town and Tonkatsu Wako

It was a short 14 minutes walk. Pole town is an underground mall in the heart of Sapporo city. Here, you can find boutiques, restaurants, and cafes: such as Minette by Wacoal, HABA, DOSCH, and Kinotoya Bake.

In addition to being an underground mall, Pole Town is also an underground walkway to Odori Station to the Namboku Line, Toho Line, and Tozai Line; and Susukino Station to the Namboku Line and Sapporo Shiden

Hungry, we stopped for lunch at Tonkatsu Wako in the mall. It brought back memories of Ma Maison Ebisu at J's Gate Dining in Lot 10, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

After lunch, we continued on our self-planned itinerary to Odori Park. It was roughly a 350 meters or short 5 minutes walk from Tonkatsu Wako in Pole Town to the park.

2. Aurora Town and Odori Park

The plan was to enjoy the long greenery in the midst of the towering city skylines, wander around Odori Park, and take selfies and wefies with the beautiful flowers. However, it was still drizzling; hence, we headed down to Aurora Town.

Aurora Town is another underground shopping street. At 312 meters in length, it starts at Odori Station and extends to the east. From Odori Station, the 400 meters long Pole Town extends to the south towards Susukino Station.

We took a short tea break at Kafe Yoshimi. After the much-needed tea break, we made our way back to the hotel from Sapporo Station to Nakajimakoen Station on the Namboku Line. Then from Nakajimakoen Station to Unwind Hotel & Bar Sapporo was a short 5 minutes walk.

3. Soup Curry Garaku

Not to be missed is the Soup Curry Garaku in Sapporo. This is different from the Japanese curry we're used to in Malaysia. It is also in its own league against Chinese, Indian, and Malay curries.

We went there early to avoid the long queues. By the time we reached there at 7:00 PM, it was somewhat filled already. Soup Curry Garaku is an underground restaurant in Sapporo.

You can customize your meal from the portion size to the level of spiciness, to the addition of "toppings" with your curry. Meals cost between ¥1000 to ¥1300.

We had their No 1 recommended Softly Braised Pork Belly and Chicken Leg & Vegetable soup curry. The pork belly was really soft, juicy, and tender. It's also non-pork friendly as it also has Chicken Leg & Vegetables soup curry.

4. Sapporo TV Tower

After dinner, we walked to Sapporo TV Tower. The original plan was to visit the tower at 2:00 PM earlier in the day. But due to the unfavourable weather, we shifted to night viewing.

Inasmuch as the day time view was supposed to be beautiful, the overarching and overlooking night time view was spectacular too. See how Odori Park and Sapporo city light up at night!

Sapporo TV Tower stands exactly in the heart of Sapporo. I hope to go back to Sapporo TV Tower and the observation deck during the day and enjoy the city skyline view in a clear, blue sky.

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Ian Fan

Going by the handles @foodyfans and @ipropfans, Ian shares about real estate, investing, finance, travel, food, and personal growth.

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