Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hokkaido 2017: Day 4 私のデー

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade 狸小路商店街

Don Quijote ドン・キホーテ on the right!

Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade

Day 4 was a free and easy day. We spent the late morning and noon exploring Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade, which is a 1km stretch of non-stop shopping. You have the super-duper awesome drugstores, clothes, souvenirs, food/ snacks... Basically everything is there, including Don Quijote (Free Wi-Fi.)! This place is also linked to the Sapporo Underground Shopping Malls, which means more shopping! Haha. You really can spend an entire day here but I decided to explore Sapporo a little more so I headed to...

Along the way.

Odori Park 大通公園

Sapporo TV Tower さっぽろテレビ塔
I want to try on a kimono the next time!

Odori Park

Sapporo TV Tower

Odori Park, where Sapporo TV Tower is! The park, though small, is beautifully littered with flowers. There's a water fountain right in the middle and people sit around it to enjoy ice-cream. For the TV Tower, you can actually go up to the observation deck and get a bird's eye view of the city. And then, there's the Information Centre and Official Shop where you can get complimentary maps and travel guides in various languages. And that was where I discovered...

Along the way.
The Old Hokkaido Government Building 赤れんが庁舎

The Old Hokkaido Government Building

The Old Hokkaido Government Building, which was built in 1888 and is a symbol of Sapporo. It houses several rooms of exhibits relating Hokkaido's history and the ongoing Kuril Islands dispute among Japan, Russia and the Ainu people. It was a tad heavy to end the day with, but history buffs will definitely have a good time here. ◡̈


Hokkaido 2017 Diary 北海道の日記
Day 0: Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel Inc.+ Arriving at Hokkaido (New Chitose Airport)
Day 1: Volcanoes + Best Ramen + Best Hotel Everrr (Chitose → Noboribetsu → Lake Toya)
Day 2: Prettiest fields + Yummilicious cakes in Otaru (Lake Toya → Otaru → Sapporo)
Day 3: Shiroi Koibito Park + Outlet window-shopping (Sapporo)
Day 4: Pretty flowers + Telly Tower + Red bricks (Sapporo)
Day 5: Soba-making + Aunt Jam's love for Anpanman + Fairytale land (Sapporo → Furano)

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