Hokkaido: Susukino, Odori Koen, and the Former Hokkaido Government Office

For our summer vacation, we went to Hokkaido, the northern most island in Japan. We are staying in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido.

Today, we did some serious sightseeing. Upon arriving in Hokkaido, we realized that our weather forecast was rather sad, so we were super sightseers today. In fact, my pedometer recorded over 30,000 steps. So, we were busy.

This is post one of three for today.

The first three areas we saw were Susukino (where our hotel is located), Odori Koen, and the Former Hokkaido Government Office.


Hokkaido is famous for seafood. This is a crab restaurant.

Sapporo TV tower

This is the Sapporo TV Tower, located in Odori Koen.


There was a small shrine in the covered arcade.


We both bought omikuji – fortunes. Teddy got medium luck and I got a little luck.


They eat bear in Hokkaido.

Today, we did many things!


This is the Nikka. We love Nikka Whiskey. It is quite delicious, in my opinion.

Odori Koen

This is Odori Koen, a park that runs multiple blocks in a thin strip.


Flowers in Odori Koen.


Corn is so famous here, it gets its own cute mascot.


There are two fountains in the park.

Foutnain 2

A fountain and flowers.


The sign says “Thank you Flower Birthday.” Whatever that means…

Fountain 3

A close-up of the one fountain.

Cranes and Houses

A flowerbed with crane and hut sculptures.

After Odori Koen, we continued on to the Former Hokkaido Government Office and garden.


There were a couple of ponds there with beautiful lotuses.

Water miror

The water was so dark that it made a great mirror. Here are me and Teddy.


Another shot of the lotuses.


The former government building.


Ducks swimming amongst the lotuses.


A seagull!?


The building had many displays inside. Here is some sort of mask.


A carving that we saw inside the government building.


A beautiful jewelry box inside the government building.

Well, that’s all for part one! Part two will be about the clock tower and Nakajima Koen!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb Lange
    Jul 08, 2013 @ 21:38:48

    WOW! You are seeing some fabulous gardens and parks. Love it!


  2. Marie Elder
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 14:56:50

    Beautiful flowers! Your pix are great!


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