Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sapporo - ( Hokkaido - Day 4)


A very promising start on Day 4. I woke up in Hotel Maharoba feeling as though I am going to rock and shake more of Hokkaido. Maybe my instincts or gut feelings, but certainly after 3 days of exploring this part of Japan (Chitose & Hokkaido), I actually slept tight out of tiredness. Really tired battered by winter and the “long walks” while sightseeing, a big "yeh-yeh" as well because Hokkaido's winter has mellowed down. "Joy To Hokkaido" and "Here I Come Sapporo", morning was broken like the previous mornings with buffet breakfast. Comparatively an unlimited spread of Japanese and Western dishes as in Niseko Hilton Village, buffet is such a sheer waste for me. But logically, breakfast while travelling is essential to fuel up energy. So, I kicked in some food. Thereafter, Sapporo was all mine.  



City tour began with passing by the heart of Sapporo to glance at Odori Park and Tokei-dai (clock tower), our first stop for the day was at Asahi Beer Factory. Ushered into the huge area, undoubtedly touring this factory was an interesting and knowledgeable experience to comprehend back then history of Asahi. Equally impressive was understanding the critical success factors of Asahi as a world known brand, also, their reputable automated production line. Really efficient and effective to produce cans and bottles of beers within minutes compared to the traditional manufacturing I witnessed in Carlsberg Brewery Copenhagen (Nederburg Wines Cape Town). 


Rest also assured in Asahi Beer Factory is tasting beer. Not to get drunk by gulping down as much as like though. Its maybe 3 small glasses most to most, bee sipped while nibbling some of the thrown in tidbits too. Okay, I drank. Just one glass because anything more will disaster. I do, can get carried away with drinking, but over the years, I have learned to put a stop to it. Age and my health, nothing worrying, its my biological clock which has stopped ticking and one which is not going any good to my well-being. Now, after drinking, we were politely told to wash up our glasses. Believe me! Speak about Japanese discipline culture. Imagine this culture in Malaysia? You think it will work? You tell me? I'm not sure.
  


Thereafter, prior to walking out of Asahi, we popped by at the retail outlets to browse through the sensational spoken about Japanese skin care and Asahi products. Subsequently, stepping foot outside, at the spur of the moment, everyone literally just let loose and freak out in the snow. I especially simultaneously jumped, hopped, posed and glowed in happiness. Hail to show or perhaps the one glass of beer could be the reason. Whatever, bottom line, we all have fun. 


Almost 20 minutes of snow clowning, next we arrived in “Sapporo Sakaeya” for lunch. Steamboat again, but this lunch was trilling. Its the “DIY” tempura. Absolutely trilling to fry the dipped in batter fresh seafood and veggies prior to crunching and munching. Pleasurable.


Once lunch was over, it was shopping for the rest of the day, at the approximately 1 km long Tanukikoji Roofed Arcade. Indeed, Tanjukikoji with around 200 shops that runs east to west in downtown Sapporo is a shopping paradise visited by many tourists (Spice Bazaar Turkey). Featuring both old and new shops, souvenir shops and karaoke bars, must I speak on shopping madness? Of course not. Its all yours. Feel free to shop till you drop. 




Even if shopping is not your cup of hot tea, there's no harm in leisurely walking in and out of the retails outlets, especially the beauty stores (Pretoria South Africa & Colombo Sri Lanka). Beauty shop drop-in, perhaps you would like to grab some stuffs. All depend on you or at least you know for yourself on Japanese beauty care instead of blindly believing those who tend to over-exaggerate that you must shop in Sapporo, or even in Japan.you must shop in Sapporo. Do check the prices, I believe not everything is cheaper, and mind you, we can actually get some of these stuffs in Malaysia. ysia. Maybe not all, maybe slightly pricey, still, I didn't buy anything. Well, logically, once you start travelling often, you will eventually will care less on shopping (Damnoen Market BangkokBen Thanh Market Vietnam, Fremantle Market, Phuket Premium Outlet). Unless of course if you find something you really can't resist. then I guess its worth going for.  

For my other half-half and myself, the best discovery while casually walking around was when we spotted Jyoti Indian Restaurant. Oh-god, Indian food in Sapporo? Bingo! Overwhelmed with happiness, we immediately went up to the first floor, sat and we couldn't help but chat with the owner. Imagine? Can imagine how it would have been?. Being the only two Indians so far in Hokkaido neither did we bump into another, meeting this Indian owner was truly a joy. Excitement lingered on as we sipped Chai/Indian tea and nibbled the Masala Papadam.
  

Supposedly heaven actually came knocking in Sapporo, after that, we didn't want to walk anymore. So, we sat at one of the benches for the next hour and soon, the others joined us. Some obviously have shopped whereas the rest were undecided. Next was dinner at Genghis Khan not Kublai Khan barbecue. Back again to cooking your own meal, I guess there's no pampering in Japan when it comes to food, we joined hands to cook, we ate and we rested for a while.
Finally our day ended at Keio Plaza Hotel. Upon checking into our clean room equipped with everything we needed, I was gone. Too exhausted for anything except shower, night-night and see you tomorrow Sapporo!!

  

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11 comments:

  1. Nice hotel and the food perfect to warm you up.

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  2. Wow what beautiful pictures of you in snow! Seems like you've had a fun trip! How lucky to have Indian food in a corner of Japan!

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  3. Wow...!! Beautiful Nava....esp the first pic....!!! Nice hotel and write up...!!

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  4. Nice food...those breakfast eggs are really cool. You had a great time in Japan.

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  5. I love the first photo very much, Nava! You look stunning & the ambience reminds me of X'mas, dear! xoxo

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  6. One glass of beer is more than enough that too on empty stomach or else one wud be tipsy.. Lol
    The food and the places u visited seem fun..

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  7. You are looking pretty and the food looks yummy.

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  8. Wonderful.place to visit. You look grt in the snow clad look. Food pics are a must to explore in detail. Yumm

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