Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Japan Trip 2015 - Sapporo - Day 5 - Chitose Domestic Airport -Bye Bye Sapporo

Finally, is time to bid Sapporo bye bye and continued our adventure in Tokyo. We dragged our luggage to Sapporo Train Station to board the Rapid Airport Express Train to Chitose Domestic Airport. Originally, we wanted to buy the train ticket with seat reservations, but on seeing the long queue in the ticket office, we decided not to buy the seat reservations. Without seat reservations(310 yen), we can just use the ticket vending machine and purchase the train ticket 1070 yen. As it was not peak hours, the train is quite empty. So we actually save 310 yen x two tickets. We need to board the train at Track 6 to go to the airport. The journey is about 40 minutes.

On arrival at the airport, we just followed the sign that indicated Domestic Flights. Go to Counter 3 for Japan Airlines to check in our bag.

The airport is very interesting, looked like a shopping mall with a supermarket, they even sell dried and frozen fishes, crabs, etc. And of course we did some last minute shopping for melon chocolates that my niece requested me to buy for her. (Did not take photo of the melon chocolates,but you can google for the image.)

There's many restaurants in the airport too but we decided to have lunch in the food court.

So is bye bye to Sapporo and Hello Tokyo for the next three days.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Japan Trip 2015 - Sapporo - Day 4 - Dinner

Our last night in Sapporo before leaving for Tokyo, whereelse can we have our dinner but our favourite Chinese Restaurant (Nangokushyka Restaurant) at Stellar Place in Sapporo Train Station.

Surprised to see Shark's Fin in the menu at a very cheap price less than 1000 yen, could not believe it. Back in Singapore is difficult to find Shark's Fin in the menu anymore, even there is , is very expensive. We decided to order the dish to see if it really was Shark's Fin or imitation and yes it really was Shark's Fin. Could not believe is was so cheap in Japan.

We ordered one person portion at only 972 yen. One portion could really be shared by two people. It really tasted very good.

Stir fry beef with mushroom.

Braised Tofu

Three types of dim sum

The xiao long bao is really good.

As usual Chinese tea were served after our meals.

Total price is only 5136 yen about S$56.40 (exchange rate at that time was 10.98 per 1000 yen). The dinner was really delicious and really worthwhile.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Japan Trip 2015 - Sapporo Day 4 - Shopping at Esta Mall

Finally for Day 4, we did our last shopping before leaving for Tokyo the next day.

There's a lot of malls near Sapporo Train Station but I prefer shopping in Esta Mall(it's just beside Sapporo Train Station).

Had a quick lunch in one of the floor of Esta Mall. The whole floor consists of restaurants, cafes, etc.

Japanese Popular Omelette Rice

Japanese Pork Cutlet Curry Rice

Shop for toys for my grown up sons at the toys section at Big Camera (inside Esta Mall).

The toys section was really interesting, even grown up would like to play in here.

Found really good buys in the fashion floors, surprised the clothings were cheap and on sale. But most are not made in Japan but made in China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, etc.

Example is these 5 pairs of ankle socks is only 290 yen before tax (tax is 8%), really very cheap. But was made in Myanmar but the quality of the socks are really good and workmanship is good too. It's a Japanese Brand Shop and I guess must there's must be some kind of quality control, worth buying.

There's other shop besides this GU Shop, I must be too busy shopping to remember to take photos of other shops hahaha.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Japan Trip 2015 - Sapporo - Day 4 - Hokkaido Government House

The grand Former Hokkaido Government Office, known by the nickname “red brick office,” . The Former Hokkaido Government Office was used for approximately 80 years until the new government office currently in use was built. The building and its exhibits on Hokkaido history are open to the public. For more information you can view from the official website.

Can access from Exit 2-4 from Odori Park (see below map).

Friday, July 24, 2015

Japan Trip 2015 - Sapporo - Day 4 - Odori Park - Clock Tower, TV Tower,Odori Park

Day 4, we sightseeing around Odori. From the map, we could access to the various places via the exits at Odori Park.

The clock Tower is at Exit 9 while the Hokkaido Govt Building is Exit 2 and 4, etc. The TV Tower is just at Odori Park.

The Clock Tower is a symbol of Sapporo. The building was constructed during the early period of Sapporo's development in 1878 as a drill hall of the Sapporo Agricultural College. In 1881 a clock purchased from Boston was installed. Today, the Clock Tower serves as a museum with displays about the building's history and Sapporo on the first floor. On the second floor are displays about the clock and a spacious ceremony hall that calls to mind the simple buildings of the colonial American Midwest. To find out how to go there, you can check out from the official website of Japan Guide.

At the eastern end of Odori Park stands the Sapporo TV Tower, which has an observation deck with nice views of the park and the surrounding city. The tower is just under 150 meters tall, and the observation deck is at an elevation of 90 meters. During the evening the tower is illuminated, making it an attractive landmark. The lower (3F) observatory deck is free. There is a 700 yen fee for the upper observatory deck. To find out how to go there, you can check out from the official website of Japan Guide.

Odori Park is in the center of Sapporo, separating the city into north and south. In February, the park serves as the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival. During Summer, the park is filled with lots of beautiful flowers.