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Jul 2, 2018 - Sapporo

Drive to Sapporo was uneventful, and we arrived well before check-in time which is strictly enforced no earlier than 15:00. AND, our vehicle was about 4 inches too tall to be parked in the hotel parking facility (done via elevators). So we drove over to the sister hotel and attempted to park there. No luck; sister hotel relationship accrues NO parking privileges ! So we decided to use the vehicle & go visit the Sapporo Brewery Museum. Sapporo Beer is Japan's oldest brand, and #1 Asian brand sold in the United States since it was introduced...

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Apr 24, 2016 - Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite...

Being for the benefit of Mr. Kite... ... IF Mr. Kite were blind. All throughout northern Honshu (Tohoku), and also throughout Hokkaido so far, all the city center areas, including all the subway and train areas, have a wonderful systems of yellow tiles on the walking surfaces that assist blind walkers. There is a consistent pattern of raised ridges to guide blind walkers on, with raised "dots" marking junctions and other caution areas. It is a truly impressive and high-minded effort to help liberate the blind whilst navigating the city....

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Apr 24, 2016 - Hey, there's more city down there...

Hey, there's more city down there... After returning from Otaru today, we returned to the hotel by way of the Ekimae-dori. It is an underground pedestrian corridor that runs from the Sapporo Station/Subway about 600 yards through to the Odori Subway station at Odori park. Our hotel is about at the 400-500 yard mark and the elevator brought us to street level on our corner, about 40 pace from our front door. The corridor has restaurants and shops the whole way and some had special lighting to make the patios look as if they were "outside."...

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Apr 24, 2016 - I know, let's do some laundry...

I know, let's do some laundry... It seemed like such a good idea. When we left Sendai, we took smaller bags, leaving more of our things to be collected upon our return. Kathy C thought it might help D&K to do undies and socks in Sapporo, rather than waiting for Sendai or Tokyo. Then we thought we'd throw in some shirts and tops if there was room. Well, so far, so good. Getting an early start, she threw the load into one WASHING AND DRYING unit around 7:00 Sunday morning. Plenty of time to have it all done before meeting the group for...

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Apr 24, 2016 - Day trip to Otaru from Sapporo

Kathy C. had a frustrating experience attempting to use the laundry room services in the hotel, so it was evident that she was more than ready for a relaxing remainder of the day. Late morning we boarded a local train to Otaru. The route took us along the coast, and it was surprising that only two boats were visible, one of which was a sailboat. The train ride took approximately 35 minutes. Similar to most coastal cities, homes lined the coastline . . . some appeared to be upscale. Otaru is a city and port in Shiribeshi Subprefecture,...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Sapporo

Our first full day in Sapporo was fun and exhausting. After a great breakfast in the hotel, we headed to the train station. On our way it started raining, so we did some window shopping. All the big train stations in Japan have shopping malls attached to them and they always seem busy. Since Gram left her umbrella in Sendai, she picked up a new one. I don't think anyone else made a purchase this time. The rain eased up and we decided it was time to head out to the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum on the outskirts of town. Anytime we taxi...

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May 16, 2015 - Sapporo, Japan

Pete had a nice visit in Sapporo, actually visiting the town of Muroran, which is closer to the actual port than Sapporo. He said that the western side of Japan is very mountainous and is much more beautiful than the eastern side. Everything is going well as he is preparing to come home. It is nice that, although he has spent lots of times in the Asian ports, he is still visiting some places that he has not seen before. It is a little cooler in Muroran than in some of the other places he has visited lately, with temperatures at this time of...

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May 4, 2015 - Sapporo, Hokkaido

Golden week has officially kicked off in Japan--which means that everything is essentially shut down and everyone is on vacation, including me. On April 30th, I took a flight up to Sapporo, Hokkaido to spend a three day trip there. Here are some of the highlights: --The first one was a bit unexpected. My first full day in Hokkaido was May Day, which in the US is a day when "protesters" break glass, burn things, vandalize cars and buildings, while chanting death threats to whomever they disagree with at the moment. This may or may not...

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Kerry in Japan

Feb 9, 2015 - Sapporo

Hokkaido seems to be one of the lesser populated Japanese islands (not so sure of my facts here though!) It sort of reminds me of Scotland in relation to the rest of the UK as in there is more wilderness and this is where the Japanese often come to "get away from it all". There are hiking areas and hot spring areas as well, of course, as mountainous skiing areas. It's also quite a fertile place and is a bit of a Japanese food bowl. They farm cattle and sheep and have a dairy industry, including cheese making. There is plenty of seafood and...

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Feb 1, 2015 - 35th Sapporo International Ski MarathonSunday was not the sunny day Mark had hoped for. Instead it was windy and the skies wer

Sunday was not the sunny day Mark had hoped for. Instead it was windy and the skies were dark with impending snow. It was clear and dry when we set off from the hotel to the subway with Mark all lycra’d up carrying his skis and poles. There were two or three others similarly attired on the station and you’ll see from the photo the train was full of skiers! A different experience for us. We were heading for the Sapporo Dome where they hold their big events. It meant undercover for the preparation and the finish which is quite a treat, as...

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Jan 30, 2015 - Breakfast,long walks and the Sapporo Dome. Saturday

In Japanese hotels they always have a Japanese style pillow that is very firm and on one side has what feels like ridges of compressed something - Mark says "like a haybale". Bloody uncomfortable. Fortunately there is another softer one too. We both slept well after the long day of travel and remembered after we set off to find somewhere for breakfast, that it is usually not worth going out much before 10 when everything opens. That's not to say everything is closed and eventually we had breakfast at a Delifrance place. The cafe latte was...

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Jun 1, 2012 - Eat, Drink, Shop

My railpass expired yesterday so I just decided to hang around Sapporo today. I hadn't yet tried one of the city's most famous products, it's beer. There are apparently two Sapporo facilities in the city. I wanted to go to the "Beer Museum" and it's giant Beer Garden. Despite showing the taxi driver a flier from this attraction (in Japanese) he dropped me at the Sapporo "factory" which is essentially just another shopping and eating destination. By the time I realized the error he was gone, and I didn't feel like taking another to the...

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