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?
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.
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?)
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!)
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.
Considering how COLD Otaru was in the peak of winter, I can only stay outside for around two hours, at which point I have to find a place to warm myself up. Where else to go but a place that boasts of the hot chocolate?
Forget Jimbo Hans. Don’t look anywhere else! Go for 88 steakhouse. I know it sounds like an advert, but this really isn’t. I just love the place.
Steak. I had the original. Medium. Nomnomnom. It bursts in your mouth. One of the best steak I’ve had here in Japan. Price is around JPY2,500, same as most steaks.
Unlimited Blue Seal Ice Cream. For merely JPY380, you get unlimited Blue Seal Ice Cream. Unlimited. Unlimited! Do you know how much each scoop is? JPY350! And I love this ice cream. From someone who loves dessert as much as I do, I don’t say that lightly.
Oh, and it’s in Kokusai street (the one I ate in), about a couple hundred meters from Kencho (City Office)