Cool things in Hokkaido Part 1

February 15, 2010

So we went to Hokkaido last week, it was pretty easy getting there! I feel so strange organising travel, I guess I still feel like it’s something the grown ups should be doing, not me! Still, I managed to book a hotel, and flights (which I paid for at a konbini!). I did phone up the hotel the day before just to check my reservation hadn’t…disappeared or something! We stayed at Mark’s Inn in the Susukino district of Sapporo. It was very nice! Nice room, Shiseido shampoo mmm, nice view, very friendly staff and yummy free breakfast.

Susukino is kind of the shopping/nightlife/hotel district. So you look at the side of the street and see bar, resturant, bar, konbini, ‘Secretary Club’, bar, bar, pachinko, ‘Sexy Nightspace’ and so on…!

The Ice festival is in Susukino and the Snow Festival’s main venue is about a 5min walk away in Odori Park.

Here are some ice and snow sculptures:

These are just a few of the lovely sculptures we saw, I’ll post some more later. If anyone reads this and knows where I can get On-chan merchandise do let me know in a comment! One of the ramen restaurants in the ESTA building had some little figurines but I was too shy to ask where they’d bought them…

Sapporo sort of reminded me of Trondheim. I guess because it’s a big, northern city, near the mountains. It had the same sort of…shut in/cosy feeling. The amount of snow was similar too..walking around sort of reminded me of walking round Trondheim!

People were very relaxed in Sapporo compared to Nagoya! The subways weren’t full of people pushing and the Pokemon store was *gasp* almost empty! (pictures of that coming up later on).

So, Sapporo: cosy, snowy, fun!

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