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A Day in Sapporo 2

A Day in Sapporo 2
10th May 2009 – Took the subway from Odori Station to Shin-Sapporo Station, then went to the bus station and boarded “Kaitaku No Mura Yuki” (Bus Number 22 from No 10 platform) JR Hokkaido Bus ¥200. After 15 mins ride, alighted at Kaitaku No Mura bus stop (show above). The Historic Village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku no Mura) is an outdoor museum that is diveded into town, fishing village and mountain village and showcases around 60 olden buildings/structure during Meiji and Taisho eras (mid 19th to early 20th century). The Historic Village of Hokkaido is located in Nopporo Forest Park (suburbs of Sapporo City) and covers around 54 hectares. You can easily spend 2 to 3 hours here and experience the past lifestyle of olden Hokkaido.

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Kaitaku No Mura Management Office Building. Admission per adult ¥830. Excerpt from brochure:

Old Sapporo Railway Station (Management Office Building) – The stick-style structure served as the front gate of Sapporo from 1908 to 1952 and is now used as the management office building. (Sapporo 1908)

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Urakawa Subprefectural Government Building. Excerpt from brochure:

The Hokkaido Subprefectural Government Building has the stateliness of a local adminstrative center. The director’s room from the Taisho era and the local administrative history can be seen here. (Urakawa 1919. Two storey wooden structure. )

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Residence of Takeo Arishima. Excerpt from brochure:

Takeo Arishima – renowned Japanese author of “Umareizuru Nayami” (The Agony of Coming into Existence) lived in this house at the time of his marriage. The study is reproduced in the palor and the house appears in his story. Mr Arishima leased his farm to tenant farmers (Sapporo 1904. Partial two storey wooden structure).

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Hokkai Middle School. Excerpt from brochure:

The first private junior high school in Hokkaido had its origins in the students of Sapporo Agricultural College teaching English. It features a western-style design (Sapporo 1909. One storey wooden structure).

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Ryuunji Temple. Excerpt from brochure:

A farming village temple of the colonial period. Although poor, the settlers contributed large amounts of money to build a fine temple because it was their spiritual support (Sapporo 1893. One story wooden structure)

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The Wood-Cutter’s Shanty. Excerpt from brochure:

Temporary accommodation for people involved in tree felling, logging, yarding or horse driving on the mountain. The logging season in Hokkaido is winter when the snow covered ground facilitates the hauling of logs (Shimokawa, late Taiso era. One storey wooden structure.)

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Following some photos of the nice sceneries.

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Nice flowers.

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The tree where the flowers was snapped. The sign reads “Prunus Sargentii“.

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A suspension bridge that offers spectacular views.

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Tall trees against the backdrop of clear blue sky.

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Ogawa Family Dairy Barn. Somehow this scene doesn’t seem to look like it’s from Japan. Excerpt from brochure:

A diary barn built with references to an American architectural style by Yoshimi Ogawa, a graduate of Sapporo Agricultural College. The balloon frame structure is a special feature. (Sapporo, late Taisho era. Two storey wooden structure.)

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Torii gate to Shinano Shinto Shrine. A Day in Sapporo 2
Shinano Shinto Shrine. Excerpt from brochure:

This small but traditional Shinto Shrine built by settlers from the Shinano region was their spiritual support. In autumn, people enjoyed a festival that celebrated harvest (Sapporo, 1897. Wave-style Shinto Shrine).

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Oh, I forgot to mention that you can enter most of the buildings to view authentic inside displays as well. The above shows a typical steel-works factory.

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Homewares Shop.

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Yamamoto’s Barber Shop. Excerpt from brochure:

Located near Maruyama Park in western Sapporo. The Yamamoto’s Barber Shop operated from the late Tashio era to 1986. It has plastered, fire and cold resistant godown structure. (Nakatombetsu, in around 1918. Two storey wooden structure)

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On the bus number 22 back to Shin-Sapporo Station ¥200. You board the bus in the middle and take a bus ticket. Press a buzzer to indicate that you wish to alight at the next bus stop. Alighting is at the front of the board together with the payment (drop the bus ticket into a slot and it will show the amount due).

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Took the subway back to Sapporo area where we scout around for our lunch. We decided to have “Pepper Lunch” as the electronic ordering caught our attention. In Japan, a lot of fast food restaurant do use electronic ordering – you feed the machine with your money, make your selection by pressing the buttons and food coupons will be issued. Upon completion of ordering, take the coupons and find a seat. The service staff will come to your table to collect the food coupons.

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The “Pepper Beef” comes uncooked in a heated metal plate and you get to cook it to your preference (medium-rare or well done, etc). The paper (under the hot plate) is held up against your chest to prevent as spillage to your clothes during cooking. After the sizzling settled down, you may mix the rice with mixed with either the special honey brown sauce or garlic soy sauce. I do both. 🙂

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The cooked “Pepper Beef” ¥680. Looking at it makes me hungry. LOL.

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After the lunch, we decided to take a stroll to visit Sapporo Clock Tower – a well-known local and tourist attraction (also a symbol of the Sapporo city). Didn’t visit the museum as it was closed on Sunday.

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Another angle of the western style Sapporo Clock Tower that was built in 1878.

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From Sapporo Clock Tower, we took another short stroll to Odori Park to visit Sapporo TV Tower – another amazing structure that was built in 1957. There is an observatory deck on the top of the tower whereby tourist can have a panoramic view of Sapporo and Odori Park.

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At the base of Sapporo TV Tower.

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Ground floor of Sapporo TV Tower – an information center and tickets counter can be found here. The other side houses severals eateries. Admission charges per adult ¥700.

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View of Sapporo City from Sapporo TV Tower observatory.

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View of Odori Park from Sapporo TV Tower observatory. There are telescopes (payment required) available in the observatory that you can use to zoom to your required view!

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A church that we passed by on our way to take a bus to Sapporo Beer Museum.

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Waiting for Chuo Bus [Kan 88] factory line. From the signboard, we understand that the bus that we are going to take is also known as “Sapporo Walk”, it’s a loop bus service running at 15 mins interval around the city center. ¥200 per trip.

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At the entrance of Sapporo Beer Museum. Admission to the museum is free.

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Took this shot to remind me of the date we visited Sapporo Beer Museum. 🙂

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The wall description covers the history of beer in Japan but the displays are not in English.

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Miniature model on the process of brewing. Malting/Wort production.

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Fermentation/Maturation/Filtration.

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Filling/Shipping – then to our stomach. LOL!

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A glass showcase of different kinds of packaging used through out the history of Sapporo Beer.

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At the end of the tour, you can taste a sample of three different of beer at ¥400 – Black Label, Yebisu Black and Kaitakushi Beer. I love all of them! Wahahaha!

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The bar counter where they serve beer and other small eats as well.

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Behind where we sat, a wall dedicated to the beer advertisements used in yesteryears.

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Wander off to Sapporo Beer Garden.

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Several restaurants located around here.

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A Day in Sapporo 2 The popular Genghis Khan (mutton barbecue) restaurant where they also serve the delicious draft beer as well.

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A shopping center nearby the bus stop that we await for bus back to Odori area.

A Day in Sapporo 2 Large Gyudon (Beef Bowl) for dinner at ¥680. Love lots of shichimi (seven flavor chili pepper) on it!

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