Wandering Sapporo and Otaru Akari no Michi

Today, we wandered down to Sapporo Factory (a mall) and looked around for a bit. We also ate some yummy food, had some Sapporo beer, and hung out before heading out to Otaru to see a really cool lantern festival called Akari no Michi.

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Susukino Ice Festival and Nakajima Koen Yuki Akari

Today, we checked out the ice sculptures in Susukino, ate delicious fruit tarts, wandered through Odori Koen again, rested a little, had a yummy J-Italian dinner, and then wandered through a romantic candlelight snow light-up in Nakajima Koen.

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Yuki Matsuri By Night

Today we flew to Sapporo to see Yuki Matsuri. Yuki Matsuri is a snow festival. This is the 65th year it’s been held.

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The Food of Hokkaido!

Many of Hokkaido’s famous foods involve fish, which we don’t eat. However, Hokkaido is also famous for fruit, dairy products, corn, and potatoes, which is right up our alley.

Without further ado, in no particular order, here is the food of Hokkaido!

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Royce’ Chocolate Factory

Royce’ Chocolate is a famous brand of chocolate in Hokkaido. Inside the airport, you could look in at the chocolate factory while you waited for your plane. Make sure that you are aware that in Japan, since it takes only about 5 minutes to get through security, you should not go through way in advance – all the fun stuff is before security in Japan!

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Nikka Whisky Distillery

One of our go-to drinks is Japan is Nikka Whisky. It’s an inexpensive and decent blend whisky. Also, it has a fabulous Scotchman mascot. I was super-excited to have a chance to go see the home of my favorite whisky. Even better, it was free!

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Otaru, Hokkaido Canal Town

Otaru is a small town northwest of Sapporo. It is about 1 hour by train. We went there on Thursday.

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