Japan Hokkaido Trip 北海道 – DAY 3
ODORI PARK 大通公園
Odori Park is in the center of Sapporo city, separating the city into north and south. Originally build as a fire buffer, to prevent fire from spreading to the other part of Sapporo in case of any fire on either side.
Odori park stretches about 1.5 km long, overflows with flowers, trees, water fountains, sculptures and an outdoor stage. In early February, Odori park serves as the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival.
At the eastern end of Odori Park stands the Sapporo TV Tower while the Sapporo Reference Hall is at western end.
The Sapporo TV Tower height is 147.2m, was built in 1957 and is the main landmark in the city although it is no longer used for broadcasting and is only used as an observation tower. During the evening the tower is illuminated with colorful lights, making it an attractive landmark in the night sky.
There are two Underground Shopping Malls in Sapporo. The first one is the horizontal line Aurora Town, which stretches 312 m east-west from Odori Subway Station to Sapporo TV Tower.
The other one is Pole Town which stretches 400m north-south from Odori Subway Station to Susukino Subway Station on the Nanboku Subway Line. Both sides of these pedestrian corridors are lined with shops for clothes, souvenirs, restaurants and cafes.
SHIROI KOIBITO PARK 白い恋人
(Famous White Chocolate Factory)
Shiroi Koibito Park (meaning white beloved ones, 白い恋人) is an entertainment zone where visitors can enjoy a variety of attraction, including observation of their Cookies production line, cookies making at the Cookie craft Studio, Ishiya’s original sweets at café, Chocolate Time Tunnel, World Chorus Theater, Shiroi Koibito Railway, Old-style Children’s Toy Box, Rose Garden, Sapporo Mechanical Clock Tower and etc.
Look at those Sugar Craft, be careful, they are not edible.
Old-style Children’s Toy Box housed numerous classical toys from 1868 to 1989
MITSUI OUTLET PARK SAPPORO KITA-HIROSHIMA
One of the biggest outlet malls in Hokkaido, 128 popular luxury brand stores operate at the mall from ladies’, men’s, and kids fashion to sports and outdoors equipment, fashion items and general goods. The mall serves as “Hokkaido Roko Farm Bridge”, an area with a plentiful assortment of local goods and farm products.
We have about 2.5 hours here to do some shopping plus lunch (own expenses oh).
The Melons are one of the “celebrity” fruits inHokkaido. A small slice cost ¥300 (approx S$4.50), expensive but it is very sweet.
We bought melon (super sweet) and 1 kg rice for making Mochi at the supermarket. Hokkaido rice remains tasty even a long time after it is cooked.
Then we proceed to Otaru.
Otaru is a small harbor city on the coast of the Sea of Japan, about an hour northwest of Sapporo. Its beautifully preserved canal area and interesting herring mansions make Otaru a pleasant place.
Otaru Canal 小樽運河
Otaru Canal is the symbol of this city. From the early days of Hokkaido’s colonization in the late 1800’s, Otaru served as a major trade and fishing port. Many old warehouses and former office buildings give Otaru’s city center a special character reminiscent of past decades. Today, the warehouses were transformed into museums, shops and restaurants.
The canal makes for a pleasant stroll during the day, artists present their works to tourists and during the evenings when old fashioned gas lamps are lit and provide a romantic atmosphere.
The canal also serves as the main site of the town’s Snow Light Path Festival.
When we are on the way to Otaru Music Box Musuem, we saw these Hokkaido ice cream displayed outside of an ice cream shop.
The Music Box befits this city of history and romance. Otaru Orgel Emporium is Japan’s largest shop specializing in music-boxes. Hundreds of models are on display, both large and small, including early 19th century antique examples for sale.
On June 25,1994, the world’s largest and second ever made Steam Clock 蒸气钟 was installed in front of Otaru Orugoru-do on the Marchen intersection. It was assembled by Mr. Raymond Sanders, who also made the first steam clock located in Gastown, Vancouver, Canada.
The British-style bronze clock measures 5.5 meters high and weighs 1.5 tons. A boiler sends steam into the clock, whose steam whistle blows hourly to tell the time. Every 15 minutes, the clock plays the same melody as the chimes of Westminster Abbey in London.
Glassware is another trademark of Otaru. Kitaichi Glass was born in Otaru and has been growing more than a century. Branded glass products of Kitaichi Glass are at Sangokan. There are tens of thousands of brilliant glassware.
Sangokan has three different sales floors, “YO” is for Western taste products based on local culture; “WA” is for graceful products for Japanese traditional life and “COUNTRY” is for homely taste products based on local tradition. The lighting of “Kitaichi Hall” is provided by 167 kerosene lamps.
We spent about an ahour here then go back to tour bus. Once enter into the bus, wow, the bus full of melon smell, 很清香, haha… right choice.
Sea of Japan
The Sea of Japan is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean, between the Asian mainland, the Japanese archipelago and Sakhalin. This is the second sea we saw in Hokkaido. 🙂
Next, we ascended Mt Okurayama to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of Sapporo city.
Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium was constructed in Year 1931, the stadium featured in the 1972 Winter Olympics, was then home to the 90m ski jump competition and is still used for ski jump competitions throughout the year.
You can enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of Sapporo City by taking a chair lift (500 yen) to the top of the mountain if weather permitted.
In addition, the stadium also houses the Sapporo Winter Sports Museum with its Winter Olympic Games exhibitions.
Tonight, we have steamboat dinner.
OWN TIME OWN TARGET
After shower, we decided to go for last minute shopping in Sapporo, “last night in Sapporo”. When we were on the way to Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade, we saw a huge Ferris Wheel and we called it the “Sapporo Flyer“, we changed our mind to have a night ride on the Flyer, to have a night view on this beautiful Sapporo City. It’s charge 600 yen per person, a bit expensive lor. :p
To enjoy the views of Sapporo City is the huge Ferris Wheel mounted on top of the 7 story tall Norbesa building in the Susukino area.
The Sapporo City Ferris Wheel is called NORIA it offer a fantastic panoramic views of Sapporo City by day and night. Noria is 78 meter above the ground and is 45.5 meter-wide, has a total of 32 gondolas. The four-seater gondolas take approx. 10 minutes to go round.
Beside the Ferris Wheel is a roof top Beer Garden. The Beer Garden was very crowded with local and tourist.
Link: Hokkaido Trip 北海道 Day 1
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- What is the origin of the people in Sapporo Japan (wiki.answers.com)
- My Wonderful Hometown (nangou.wordpress.com)
- Hatsune Miku Live Party 2011 LIVE IN SAPPORO (kidmania.wordpress.com)
- Shiroi Koibito maker soured by parody sweets, sues (japantimes.co.jp)
- It’s snow much fun in Sapporo, Japan (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Homeless people hired to run tourist booth in Sapporo, Japan (news.nationalpost.com)