Coming Back to Sapporo (7/7)

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Greetings. This is Nazrul from the Hokkaido Government Representative Office.

Map route (map source: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)

I spent a night at the Furano Natulux Hotel, a conveniently located new hotel by Mr. and Mrs. Ishihira. The place offers two selections for breakfast set menu: Japanese or Western. I opted for the Western menu, and was treated to a lavish meal that included fresh milk, ham and eggs, vegetables and bread that are all locally sourced from Hokkaido. And of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a slice of Hokkaido melon.

Breakfast set menu (Western) at Furano Natulux Hotel

After that, it’s off to my final stop for my Hokkaido summer business trip: Sapporo. Instead of taking the train, I decided to try taking the bus instead, which took 2.5 hours from JR Furano station to Sapporo Bus Terminal. It was a very comfortable ride, and the view outside was mesmerizing throughout the ride.

Awaiting Chuo Bus from JR Furano station to Sapporo Bus Terminal (JPY 2,260 per adult)

When I arrived at Sapporo at around noontime, I walked around the city to look for lunch and thought of having the local specialty: soup curry. I came across GARAKU, a very popular restaurant that specializes in soup curry and went for their special menu, the Kamifurano Lavender Shabu-Shabu with Vegetables.

GARAKU SOUP CURRY: Kamifurano Lavendar Shabu Shabu (JPY 1,250)

My hotel was also close to the Tanukikoji Arcade, and I went there to see the decorations lined up through the entire arcade. Every arcade in Japan is decorated during summer festivals, and Tanukikoji Arcade is no exception. It’s always a treat for me to walk through this street, and this time to look at what decorations have been put up.

Tanukikoji Arcade
Tanukikoji Arcade

Next, I went to check out the Odori Park. I’ve been there many times before, but I wanted to see what kind of event was happening there during summer. For summer, it was the setting for the Sapporo Beer Festival, where the entire park became an arena for the 4 main beer companies: Suntory, Asahi, Kirin, and Sapporo Beer.

Suntory Beer Garden (free entry)
Panoramic view of Suntory Beer Garden
Asahi Super Dry Beer Park (free entry)
Asahi Super Dry Beer Park

The entire Odori Park was divided into four zones (for each beer company), and since it was a Sunday, each zone was filled with people. It was a very exciting atmosphere, and every beer lover would definitely not want to miss this festival.

Kirin Beer Garden (free entry)
The Sapporo Beer Garden entrance
Inside The Sapporo Beer Garden (free entry)
Shops in The Sapporo Beer Garden

I’ve been to Sapporo a number of times before, but it was a first for me to be there during the summer. There’s always something to look forward to in Sapporo and Hokkaido, and I was truly glad to see the beauty of Hokkaido summer, from the untouched sceneries of Mount Rishiri to the open lavender fields of Furano. It’s been an eye-opening experience that I can never forget, and I hope that more people can visit Hokkaido in the summer.

Odori Park
Former Hokkaido Government Building

This marks the end of my Hokkaido summer business trip. I hope all the readers have enjoyed reading my blog posts and wish to travel to Hokkaido themselves. For any travel enquiries, you can drop by my office or write in to me. Thank you very much, and have a good day!

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