Hokkaido Ice Cream

February 10, 2017

Hokkaido is pretty famous for its milk. So I figured if their milk is special, their ice cream must be to. The fact that it’s freezing outside with the ground colder than ice cream DOES NOT factor in.

See, in the peak of winter and they sell it! Of course the tourists will buy that ice cream!


Sapporo Snow Festival – Odori Site

February 9, 2017

Every early February, Sapporo celebrates the Snow Festival with snow sculptures and lights. It all started oh so many years ago when a couple of students created snow sculptures. This then got the ball rolling into what is now one of the most famous festivals in Japan.

So. There are three sites for the festival:

  1. Odori site – where the snow sculptures are, the light festival, etc.
  2. Susukino site – where the ice sculptures are
  3. Tsudome site – where the snow activities are

Visit Odori site during the night (open until 10pm), Susukino and Tsudome during the day.

Now, after seeing these videos, the pictures will be so boring. But still, I find them adorable.

No, this is not part of the exhibits. This is just one of those created by the stalls. But it’s cute, ain’t it?
Oh, so many PPAP! There was even one with his face! His face which is the size of a small house!
My favorite. I love the well defined face, the trees inside, and the meaning I took of it.
They maintain the snow sculptures on a daily. That’s a lot of work (and consider how cold it is!)
The dragon in Super Mario!
I don’t know her, but she was really cute.
Muay Thai sculpture. goodness, ho did they do that? Like the arm – that has to be difficult to do.
Hihi. The end!

Food Trip in Sapporo

February 9-10, 2017

Japan isn’t really a street food friendly. The thing is, eating while walking is highly frowned upon, though the clean streets make it worth it. So chances are, the only time to eat streetfood is during of the festivals. Another thing about the Japanese? When they decide to do things, they go all out.

Sapporo is Japan’s food heaven. It’s not Osaka (at least for me. :p) What to try?

  1. Ice cream. The soft serve ice cream here is way better than the one in Tokyo. Then again, Hokkaido is apparently famous for their milk.
  2. Ramen. They have a “ramen alley”. I think that’s a pretty good signal of how good their ramen is. I can recommend some, but I only visited two (Sumireya and Teshikaga), and they are really good but not earth shattering good (or maybe I’ve eaten far too much good ramen?)
  3. Streetfood. The stalls at the festival are a must try. They have the almonds coated in chocolate, cinnamon, etc. They have plenty of seafood on a stick (TRY EVERYTHING YOU CAN!)
  4. Pastries. There are these small stalls with small pastries filled with heavenly chocolate, caramel or cheese. It’s like cream puffs, but the size of a thumb and made of pancake-ish shells. The heavenly one was in Sapporo station that I passed when I was lost, and there are some so-so ones in Otaru.
This is crab with lots of cheese and nori. Nomnomnom.
One of the many many stalls of… hot alcoholic drinks.
This was described as Hokkaido’s very own “coke”.
This is not streetfood – this is Teshikaga Ramen at the Ramen Alley. They seat around 8 people, so either you are lucky to get in quickly (like me), or you have to wait in line. Oh, get the gyoza.

Susukino Site

February 10, 2017

Outside the Susukino Station is a street with ice sculptures in the middle. Yes, that’s the Susukino Site of the Sapporo Snow Festival. You’ll be done in about 10 minutes. The street isn’t even blocked, so you’ll have to wait for the cars to stop you take the pictures. It’s close to the Ramen Alley so it’s worthy of a look.

Had to wait ’til all the cars are out of sight.