hokkaido day 01: travel, sapporo

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Woke up at 5.30am, showered and out of the door at 6.20am. Already checked in so depositing bags was easy and fast. I had 12kg and mm had 13kg, fully prepared for lots of shopping.

Breakfast of macaroni and toast at the fast food place opposite the station, then it was train to the airport and a looksee around the duty free. Tasting of various Glenfiddich samples before boarding. The flight was only about 40% full and we had first row bulkhead. Lunch on the plane: vegetarian pasta, pickled salad, macadamia biscuit. I watched American Hustler for the first time, it was good.

Arrived at Chitose around 3pm. Fast immigration and luggage retrieval. We walked around the huge airport shopping mall, trying to resist starting our shopping. JR train to Sapporo station and our hotel was located directly across the station. The room was a semi-double, we declined to upgrade for an additional cost.

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We collected a bunch of leaflets from the lobby to figure out where to eat. Decided on yakitori and identified a place north of the JR station. About 10mins’ walk through the station shopping complex. It was a nice meal: chicken skewers, vegetable skewers, sashimi, grilled fish, fried cheese, tofu and umeshu. I also had a glass of fuji blend whisky that was cheap and quite strong. One thing about izakaya places is that they allow smoking, so when we started getting surrounded by smoke, we beat a hasty retreat.

Walked around the shopping complex looking for dessert. At the ESTA food court, found gelato. I had blueberry and mm had mint choc. Then it was back to the hotel, shower and rest.

30in30 #20 mm birthday treat


Task #20 in 30 in 30 is to treat mm for her birthday.

Our Hokkaido vacation is partly a treat for both our birthdays. We arrived at Sapporo and checked into the hotel late afternoon. First order of business was to find dinner. I’d already suggested that our first dinner here would be at yakitori, so we could enjoy a drink and order a bunch of skewers. We got a restaurant map at the hotel and found a small but popular place about 10mins walk. We both had umeshu and we ordered mixed chicken, vegetables, grilled fish, sashimi, tofu. Made a toast for her birthday, a great start to our vacation.