Well, let's get back to Hokkaido winter stories! I know, it's now autumn in Japan, therefore my dream to make a season appropriate post has completely gone. But I guess it's okay, let's just continue it right away ^^
On this second day, we spent the whole day strolling around Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido as well as Japan's fifth largest city! I love this city as it has sooo many attractions to enjoy ^^ I hope you can enjoy it as well, while you're reading this post!
- First Destination: Hanamaru Sushi
Umm, what about some sushi galore to start this post? tehehe.
Hokkaido's crab. It was served cold yet very tasty!
Inside those sushi rolls are Hokkaido's cheese. Even I still remember how yummy they were!
Some tuna rolls without wasabi. This one is also good. I mean really really good!
Strawberries as dessert! with Hokkaido's milk poured on them. Nomnomnom :>
Please take me back to Hokkaido!! Writing this post only makes me hungry hahaha. Anyway, my friends and I went to this sushi restaurant named Hanamaru located inside a mall in Sapporo station. The restaurant was so full that day making us wait in line for about 40 minutes before we could finally go inside and have our belly satisfied. It was a really great time for having sushi as breakfast. Yumm... I miss my sushi days, really...
Now let's move out of this sushi restaurant and head to Sapporo's cold air outside. It was a sunny day back then, buuut please don't get fooled by the sun. It was still freezingly chill after all.... >,<
- Second Destination: Hokkaido University
Not too far from Sapporo station, there lies Hokkaido University (Hokudai) which is listed as one of Japan's top universities. We were stunned by the view it offered as we entered the gate. Everything was looking so dreamy as they were elegantly covered with snow. This place is definitely one of my most favorite destinations during this trip!
Some of us across the gate of Hokudai (Hokkaido University)
The gate of Hokudai, without us xD
The famous picturesque rivulet of Hokudai
With my mentor Chie
With Martha, the sweet Spanish girl :)
Feels like everywhere is our playground xD
in front of Hokkaido University Museum
Then, we ended up sipping a cup of hot chocolate at the university cafe near the gate and shopped for some Hokudai merchandises too! ^^
The view outside the cafe's window-- Dharma dolls. It was written: "Goukaku" in Japanese. Literally means: 'Passing an examination'.
Well, it really was an unforgettable moment to spend some times here and walking in this uberly beautiful university. For everyone who is planning to go to Hokkaido this winter, this spot is really recommended for you! :)
- Third Destination: Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
Here it is, heroically standing in color contrast to its all white surroundings. Yep, this building is regarded as Hokkaido's best-known symbol based on Sapporo Tourism Official Website. It is also well-known as "Akarenga" or "The Red Brick Office". Constructed in 1888, this building was used as Hokkaido Government Office for approximately 80 years until the new building used nowadays was built.
Currently this building is used to exhibit the history of Hokkaido and opened for public with free admission.
The design of the building is the adaptation of American neo-Baroque architecture.
Display of some souvenirs from the cities which have international relationships with Hokkaido. One of them is Sakhalin Oblast, Russia (since 1998).
The outside view of the building as seen from the 2nd floor.
Operational Hour: 08.45-18.00
All member of this trip <3
I miss you all, so much. It was one of my happiest moments in life to spend one joyful year with you guys :)
(Photo courtesy: Maru-chan ^^)
- Fourth Destination: Sapporo Clock Tower
Basically we just passed by this clock tower and took some photos as we headed to Odori Park to enjoy Sapporo Snow Festival. The bell inside this clock tower rings every hour to announce the time to city. It is said that this building is the historical structure that witnesses the progress of Sapporo from time to time :)
This one is also such an interesting invention for me xD
Well, actually there is still one destination left in this second day's itinerary, that is going to my most awaited event here in Hokkaido, "Sapporo Snow Festival" in Odori Park like I said above. But, since I gotta off to bed now, I'm gonnna tell you about the snow festival on the next post! You know, I went to the snow festival twice during this trip, the one at the Odori Park and the one at Susukino area that I enjoyed on the third day, which is the next day. So I think I will just make them in one post next time! I just can't wait to share the joy of this trip to you. I'm feeling sooo excited now! >.< :D
Well, see ya on the next post! Good night from Indonesia :)