Sapporo – Snow City Part II

My second day morning was started by having the breakfast at Nakajima Vessel Inn.  During my visit, they have special promotion for the breakfast which cost less than normal. I was glad that I chose to have the breakfast they had various type of local food I can try, especially for their wonderful pastry. Hokkaido is famous for its pastries as they produce fresh daily products by their own.
Breakfast Nakajima Vessel Hotel
Breakfast Nakajima Vessel Hotel
Breakfast Nakajima Vessel Hotel

After that, I visited Nakajima Park located closed to the hotel. The size of the park is quite big and have nice view with its pond. Inside the area, you can find Kitara concert hall as well.
Nakajima Park
Nakajima Park
Nakajima Park
Nakajima Park

The main destination of that day is the Shiroi Koibito Park. Shiroi Koibito is the most famous Omiyage (souvenirs) for trip from Hokkaido especially Sapporo. You can visit the park as well joining the factory tour  to look through the process of Shiroi Koibito being processed or perhaps you are interested to the baking class held inside. The location of the factory is a bit far from the city, however reachable through Miyanosawa subway station exit 5.
Shiroi Koibito Park

You will get two pieces of Shiroi Koibito at the time you pay the entrance fee. I like the white chocolate one especially.
Shiroi Koibito Park

Shiroi Koibito Park

There are also small museum inside, where you can different packaging of chocolate from around the world, and cup used for hot chocolate.
Shiroi Koibito Museum
Shiroi Koibito Museum
Shiroi Koibito Museum
Shiroi Koibito Museum
Shiroi Koibito Museum
Shiroi Koibito Museum

Then you follow the process of chocolate making process from the cocoa bean from the top of the factory.
Cocoa Bean
Shiroi Koibito Factory Process
Shiroi Koibito Factory Process
Shiroi Koibito Factory Process

At the top of the building, they have a nice cafe inside with selection of cakes and desert.
Shiroi Koibito Cafe
Shiroi Koibito Cafe
Shiroi Koibito Cafe
Shiroi Koibito Cafe
Shiroi Koibito Cafe
Shiroi Koibito Cafe

When you are here, don’t forget to try their white chocolate cake.
Shiroi Koibito Cafe

If you have a plenty of time, you can try the baking lesson or decoration lesson of love shaped cookies.
Baking Class
Baking Class

You can then go to the park behind. There are time when there will be music and the decoration on the park will move and have the music.
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park surrounding

Finishing your trip here, you can shop the Chocolate cookies of Shiroi Koibito, candies or cakes inside.
Shiroi Koibito Shop
Shiroi Koibito Shop
Shiroi Koibito Shop
Shiroi Koibito Shop

The journey continued to the small Sake Museum.
Sake Museum
Sake Museum
Sake Museum
Sake Museum

I continued my trip that afternoon by visiting Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation hill. To go here, you will need to take the subway to Fukuzumi station then continue with chuo bus 84 for Hitsujigaoka Tenbodai for about 12 minutes.
Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation hill

In here, you can see the statue of the father of Hokkaido development, Dr. William S. Clark. Dr Clark is famous for his messages to the students, “Boys, Be Ambitious”. The content of the message was “Boys, be ambitious!!” Be ambitious not for money or for selfish aggrandizement, nor that evanescent thing which men call fame. Be ambitious for knowledge, for righteousness, and for the uplift of your people. Be ambitious for the attainment of all that a man ought to be.
Dr William Clark

The entrance fee for observation hill is 500 Yen. From here, you can see the view of Hokkaido city.
View from Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation hill

Sapporo Dome can be observed through here as well.
Sapporo Dome

Later inside the area, you can visit Sapporo Snow festival museum, where you can see the miniature of Sapporo snow festival for different years with the video taken during the time.
Sapporo Snow festival museum
Sapporo Snow festival museum
Sapporo Snow festival museum
Sapporo Snow festival museum
Sapporo Snow festival museum

For beer lover, you can visit either Sapporo beer garden or Asahi breweries. Even though I don’t drink, I was interested to visit the Sapporo beer garden. The entrance is fee, however you will need to pay to have the sample of Sapporo beer or having the buffet inside.
Sapporo beer garden
Sapporo beer garden
Sapporo beer garden
Sapporo beer garden
Sapporo beer garden
Sapporo beer garden

For my last dinner at Sapporo, I was having my Sapporo ramen with corn and butter at ESTAR shopping centre nearby Sapporo station. Inside, there are many ramen sellers you can choose.
ESTAR Sapporo Ramen
ESTAR Sapporo Ramen
ESTAR Sapporo Ramen
ESTAR Sapporo Ramen

Sapporo became my last destination in Hokkaido before I continued my trip to Kamakura and Nikko.

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    Hokkaido journey was continued to the last city in Hokkaido, Sapporo. Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido is famous for its Sapporo beer, Ramen, snow festival and winter olympic. I took JR train using my Hokkaido JR pass to go from Otaru to the city. If you landed in New…
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