Sapporo: July 4th-6th
I love this place!
To be honest, I didn’t spend enough time in Sapporo. That’s hardly a bad thing considering my rate of return to Japan (I’m planning on coming back next March, for example). But my gosh, what I DID see made me fall in love with Sapporo!
Although the city is dense and populated, the air was clean, the structure was well thought out, and the weather was beautiful. Sidewalks were spacious, trees were common and people were friendly.
On our full day, we took a day trip to Otaru. This was quite a coastal city, and it actually had quite a village feel to it despite it being a city. We visited the bank, saw a protest, and walked down an old river bank beside some former industrial buildings which have since mostly been converted into restaurants.
Afterwards, most of the trip went to the beer museum, but I was feeling unwell and instead went back to Sapporo and to my hotel room for a couple of hours. We then met back up at the Sapporo Beer Museum where we learnt about the history of Sapporo Beer and how to pour the ‘perfect’ glass of beer (the Japanese way, anyway). We then had an all you can eat dinner at the restaurant next door, and then went to karaoke with Leigh and a smaller portion of the group (which was fantastic).
Overall, I’m not sure what it is that I like about Sapporo, but it has a very nice vibe! I’ll definitely come back someday, and I urge whoever is reading this to give Sapporo a try too.
Here are some photos from my time in Sapporo and Otaru.
Written by Jack Fetter for 1024LAL on July 6th, 2015.