– Sapporo Classic Beer is only sold in Hokkaido –
Last weekend, we flew up to Sapporo for my friend’s wedding. After a short two-hour plane ride from Tokyo, we were greeted by omiyage stands, the aroma of Genghis Khan restaurants wafting into the streets, and surprisingly cold weather! We checked into the Best Western Sapporo at Nakajima Park, which was a very reasonable, roomy, and modern boutique hotel (check out my review here), and then beelined to Sapporo Station to shop for some warmer clothes!
– The pond at relaxing Nakajima Park near our hotel –
– My friends and hubby wearing their Sapporo ‘summer’ outfits in Susukino –
I did a lot of research before heading to Sapporo to plan our itinerary. The famous places to visit in the city are Odori Park, the Sapporo Beer Factory, Ramen Yokocho, Mt. Okura Observatory, onsens, and the Hokkaido University campus. Beside Ramen Yokocho (ramen street), which shops cater to tourists and are not as tasty as those outside of this attraction, none of the other spots really attracted me. The food on the other hand… oh my!
– Japanese hairy crabs at Nijo Market –
Hokkaido and Sapporo are famous for good food: crab, scallops, Genghis Khan, miso ramen, Nijo Fish Market, sushi, omiyage, and Sapporo Beer! We only spent a day and a half in Sapporo, but we had 6 yummy meals :)
The Sapporo Classic (in the first picture) is only sold in Hokkaido and is almost impossible to find in other parts of Japan. It only has 2 ingredients and doesn’t use any of the additives that the other types have. Classic was more bitter and darker (for me) than the more common version in Japan. Mmmm.. beer sounds mighty good right now!