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A Day in Sapporo

A Day in Sapporo
7th May 2009 – at Changi Airport Terminal 3 awaiting for SQ flight on A380 to Tokyo Narita Airport. It’s a night flight departing at 2340 hours (GMT+8).

A Day in Sapporo
At the departure hall.

A Day in Sapporo
8th May 2009 – finally reach Tokyo Narita Airport T1 around 0750 hours (GMT+9) after the seven hours journey. While waiting for the domestic flight to Sapporo, went to buy 2-Day Tokyo Metro Open Ticket at arrival lobby as we will be back to Tokyo in a week time. This is good for unlimited rides on all Tokyo Metro lines . ¥980 for adult.

A Day in Sapporo
Wander around Narita Airport T1 shopping mall. Also had a Starbucks Cafe Mocha to perk up as I didn’t sleep much during the flight -maybe around 2 hours as I was busy watching movies. The selection of movies is huge on SQ A380 flight. 🙂

A Day in Sapporo
The outside of Narita Airport. A downpour just ended.

A Day in Sapporo
Reached Chitose Airport after another 1h 40mins journey on ANA. Went to basement to take JR to Sapporo station, after which transfer to Subway to continue journey to Susukino (to check-in to hotel).

A Day in Sapporo
Hotel room – small but really clean. Have almost all the things we required.

A Day in Sapporo
Hotel toilet – small too! But still satisfied with it.

A Day in Sapporo
Was pretty hungry so quickly dump our luggage in the hotel and head over to “Ramen Yokocho (Ramen Alley)” . It was still early so there wasn’t much customers around. Walk up and down the alley several times before making up our mind on the selection of the restaurant – chose the one that “Takuya Kimura” patronize before (photo and signature seen in shop).

A Day in Sapporo
Sapporo Crab Ramen. ¥1500.

A Day in Sapporo
Sapporo Char Siu Miso Ramen. ¥800.

A Day in Sapporo
It was one of the best ramen I had in my life and it’s also really nice to down all the hot soup in the cool weather. We chat-up with the chef and he mentioned that he’s been to Singapore Takashimaya to introduce and cook Sapporo Ramen before. He even showed me the printed brochure and named a few Singapore food that he likes – “Char Kway Teow“, “Ice Kachang“, “Hainanese Chicken Rice” and “Cai Tow Kway“. Nice and friendly fellow.

A Day in Sapporo
After the meal, did some walking around until we reach Odori Park.

A Day in Sapporo
A shot of flowers in Odori Park. Knew that I will be back here over the next few days so decided to keep my finger away from the shutter.

A Day in Sapporo
Sapporo underground shopping malls (Pole Town and Aurora Town).

A Day in Sapporo
There are numerous restaurants, cafés, clothes, souvenir shops, etc here. It also provides access to other departmental stores and buildings.

A Day in Sapporo
Temperature is around 14 deg (not including chill factor from the wind). Headed back to hotel early as we were tired after long journey – 2 flights, 1 JR ride and 1 Subway ride totaling approximately 10 hours. Slept at 9pm so the next day will be fresh. LOL.

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  • Caroline

    I really like your tales in Sapporo.. i was wondering if you could recommend the hotels you stayed there and who did you sign up to get the free bus ride to Lake Toya… also if you got the free bus ride to Chitose airport back after Lake Toya. Thanks!

    • Hi Caroline, glad that you like my travel tales! In Sapporo, I stayed at Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Kosaten due to the accessibility of location and abundance of food, stores, etc. For Lake Toya, I reserved with Kohan Tei and they offer 2-way free shuttle bus – from Sapporo to Kohan Tei and from Kohan Tei to Sapporo. I didn’t take the free shuttle bus back to Sapporo as my next destination was Hakodate. You can take JR from Sapporo to Chitose Airport. 🙂

  • Caroline

    I really like your tales in Sapporo.. i was wondering if you could recommend the hotels you stayed there and who did you sign up to get the free bus ride to Lake Toya… also if you got the free bus ride to Chitose airport back after Lake Toya. Thanks!

    • Hi Caroline, glad that you like my travel tales! In Sapporo, I stayed at Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Kosaten due to the accessibility of location and abundance of food, stores, etc. For Lake Toya, I reserved with Kohan Tei and they offer 2-way free shuttle bus – from Sapporo to Kohan Tei and from Kohan Tei to Sapporo. I didn’t take the free shuttle bus back to Sapporo as my next destination was Hakodate. You can take JR from Sapporo to Chitose Airport. 🙂