Reunited and it feels so good! Nick and I stayed in Sapporo for four glorious days with enough time to see the sights, enjoy the snow festival and even go on a bit of a bender! Sapporo is the most happening town north of Tokyo, especially during the Snow Festival (雪祭り) when thousands gather to gawk at ice sculptures bigger than an apartment complex ( get this: apartments are called mansions in Japan…lost in translation much?) , eat amazing seafood, drink hot wine and generally freeze their asses off.
Our hotel room in Sapporo was a bit of a smoker stenched 80’s closet so we went out as much as possible and took advantage of the sedative properties of red wine to fall asleep in that hole. Nick was a bit jet lagged and my sleep schedule was all out of whack from maintaining a cycle of waking up at 3:00pm, eating ramen, drinking until 5am, rinse, repeat. Needless to say we were in a bit of a funk but we managed to pull it together and have a grand ol’ time.
The Sapporo Beer Museum
Took us about a half hour to get here but we made it!
These old barrels have been out front of the brewery since it started in 1876…wood is good, right?
Nick and I posing in front of a giant beer kettle. Say BEE-RU!
A wee sampling! The Classic was my favourite.
The Sapporo Snow Festival
Nick in front of the Sapporo TV Tower at Odori Park
Welcome to my ice castle.
A very J-Pop performance in front of an illuminated ice sculpture
Nick having sashimi for breakfast at a stall in the fish market
The famous ジンギスカン Ghengis Khan (marinated lamb), street meat style at the festival
スンドブ Soon Tofu, a korean spicy soup with tofu from a food stall at the festival
Giant LIVE King Crab at the fish market! We ate one just after, much smaller though.
One Night in Sapporo
The city lights
At 500 bar, all cocktails ¥500. Gin Gimlet, yes please.
St. John’s Wood, an international/irish bar wasn’t really doing it for me other than the name.
A nightcap at Blues Alley never hurt anybody…
The nightlife in Sapporo is great, we weren’t into clubbing but there are a few I heard might be good like alife or Booty that might be worth checking out. There are A LOT of hostess bars, a disproportionate amount really, and sometimes they are hard to tell apart from the regular ole in the wall bar. Nick decided we could find a bar just by walking around and taking our pick but that had us ended up at a a small bar on the second floor of what looked like a house, where all the patrons were men dressed in school girl uniforms. Awkward. Needless to say the bartender took one look at Nick and said “No.”We were on our way and looking for something a little more couple and casual drink friendly. Might have been an interesting/completely fucked up night if we had followed Nick’s bar finding method but we stuck to the regular watering holes and had a blast!
Nick and I are travelling through Hokkaido and Northern Honshu until the end of February! Check out our trip on the daily with Instagram.
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