Hi loves! Its my first day-off from my work. It feels so weird when I got up and had nothing to do lol. I’m planning to go to Singapore in the end of this month, so I guess I will just workout-reading books-relaxing in one whole week :p However, I decide to write this long overdue post about my days in Sapporo last winter. It was my first time in Sapporo and didn’t have any regret at all. I can say that I love Sapporo more than Tokyo as its less hectic as Tokyo. Its such a perfect place to go on holiday with your loved ones. Here I take you to my 9 days in Sapporo, Hokkaido.
I went to Sapporo in January 2018, when the weather was cold (not as cold as Seoul) I prepared my itinerary by myself, using mr.google for the rescue. I took Cathay Pacific for the flight so I transited in HK, HK Airport was one of my favorites so it didn’t bother me when I had to transit in HK. My family and I stayed at Airbnb during our stay in Sapporo. We chose this one that located near Hiragishi Station. Here’s the link https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8956715
DAY 1 – CGK to CTS
I went to New Chitose Airport via Hong Kong using Cathay Pacific airways. For the internet connection, I used Passpod as portable wi-fi that I reserved from Indonesia. The connection was pretty good though. However, if you stay with airbnb, the host usually give you portable wifi that you can bring during the trip.
DAY 2 – Sapporo Station, Former Hokkaido Government Office, Susukino.
Everything begins from Sapporo Station so I suggest you better stay as near as Sapporo Station. There are few malls that have many good shops + restaurants there. First one is Stellar Place, you can go to 6th floor to find some restaurants such as Gyu-Kaku, please please try Gyu-kaku here, so much better than Jakarta’s. I ate Gyu-kaku 4 times during my one-week stay in Sapporo lol. Second one is Daimaru, where you can go to their 8th floor and find many good foods + Pokemon Centre. In 5-10 minutes walk, you can find Former Hokkaido Government Office where you can take many nice pictures there. I went there during winter so it all covered with snow, so so pretty! For the dinner, we went to Susukino to find some good sushi and ramen to eat! You can go to Tanuki Koji for some shops and good fruits to eat – try their melon!
DAY 3 – Otaru
From Sapporo, you can take JR Rapid Line service that can bring you to Otaru Station. You can buy the ticket on the spot at Sapporo Station. Places that you should visit in Otaru:
Otaru Canal: Its only approx. 5 min-walk from Otaru Station.
Otaru Denuki-Koji: Opposite Otaru Canal, you can find many good foods here including the melon ice cream.
Sakaimachi Street: There are so many restaurants and dessert shops along the street and you will find Dore byLeTAO at the end of the street. I love their soft and cream and cheesecake!
Otaru Music Box Museum: Few buildings away from Dore, you can see the music box museum.
DAY 4 – Odori Park
One place that you should visit is Odori Park (This is where you can usually find the Sapporo Snow Festival – however, I didn’t make it though) Odori Park is just one stop away from Sapporo Station – or you can take 5-10 mins walk from underground. There’s Hokkaido TV Tower and you should go to their observation deck where you can see Sapporo and Odori Park from above. For adult, its around 780yen for the ticket. After that, you can go shopping around Odori and Susukino. You must try KINOTOYA BAKE cheese tarts, so geewwd!
DAY 5 – Asahiyama Zoo
Asahiyama Zoo is located in Asahikawa (quite far from Sapporo) so I booked one-day tour from Jakarta called Wendy Tour. Its IDR800,000 per person (including bus ticket-return, and its entry ticket) I’m not an animal person however I really love love this place. Its really the best zoo I’ve ever seen, especially during winter, its all covered with snow – that makes that looks more beautiful. One of the show that you should see is Penguin Walk!
DAY 6 – Sapporo Clock Tower
We went to Sapporo Clock Tower around Sapporo Station area – nothing much to do here. We end up strolling around Sapporo and Odori for shopping. At night, we went to Mitsui Outlet Park (Its an outlet that have many brands such as Adidas, Nike, etc but for me, its not that worth because the location was too far from Sapporo Station and I didn’t find any good deal there lol)
We wanted to go to Mt. Moiwa however that day its currently out of service so we couldn’t go there 🙁 so I spent a whole day strolling around Sapporo station, Odori and Susukino. I love shopping in Sapporo, they have a lot of organic products :p oh I recommend you to eat Yoshinoya, I love their food, it has different menu with Jakarta’s.
DAY 8 – Nijo Fish Market
Must go! Its a market that sells fresh crabs, scallops, oysters and sashimi. If you’re a seafood lover, this place is one of must-go places in Sapporo. Their grilled uni, scallop, oyster and king crabs are so freakin delicious. We went to Rera Outlet at night to shop, this place was better than the another one. I bought Champion hoodie for half-price of retail there. There were so many great shops too. Its located near Chitose Airport.
DAY 9 – GOING BACK HOME!
I really had fun during my 9 days in Sapporo, would love to come back! Oh, you should try Tonkatsu Wako at Sapporo Station, so gooood! ;P