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SATISFY YOUR WANDERLUST IN SAPPORO

 

If given a chance to travel anytime soon, Japan will be on my wish list, I have relatives and friends who live or travel there and all I can hear are beautiful things, from its citizens, foods to tourist destinations that make me wanna visit there to experience them personally.

Sapporo city

Japan welcomed 20 million tourists, mostly from China and Taiwan in 2015. Thirteen million of them visited Sapporo City in the north. It may not be as familiar to Filipinos who prefer to travel to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.

In no time, however, the adventure-loving among us will add to the number of tourists who will fall in love with the dynamic capital of Hokkaido. Sapporo is ready to satisfy our wanderlust, and it has fantastic offerings that Filipino families and young travellers can’t resist.

Sapporo Snow Festival

A can’t-miss attraction is the Sapporo Snow Festival in February, which is one of Japan’s biggest events with millions of visitors each year. This winter spectacle displays snow structures and ice sculptures from local and international participants. At night, they are colorfully illuminated to the delight of night-time viewers.

Snow Activities

With its reputation as a world-class ski-resort destination, having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972, Sapporo is an ideal place for winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. It also boasts of outdoor hot springs where you can soak your body while surrounded by Sapporo’s awesome snow scenery.

Nature Worship

On warmer months, the city is also postcard-pretty. The cherry blossoms are as stunning as those you can see in the southern parts of Japan. The mountain trails beckon you for a climb. And even if you just walk around, you will surely behold the natural wonders of Sapporo.

Foodie Heaven

Sapporo is famously called the “City of Food,” because it is a paradise of ingredients from its dry field, rice and dairy farming and fishing industries. It is known for its Ramen noodles, Japanese curry, sweets, “Genghis Khan” mutton and seasonal sushi. All these culinary dishes can be paired with sake or fresh flavor of Classic, a variety only found in Hokkaido, or other beers available only at the Sapporo Beer Garden.

Shopping Paradise

Sapporo is in step with whatever trend is sweeping Tokyo’s fashion set and the habitues of Harajuku. The shopaholic will find her retail paradise in Tanukikoji, a shopping arcade that has been in operation since the frontier period. Tanukikoji is an approximately 1km-long arcade with around 200 shops that runs east to west in downtown Sapporo. It’s also a great place to buy Hokkaido souvenirs or check it out!.

Clean City

Just like Kyoto, Sapporo is known for its functional grid of streets and avenues, making it more convenient for visitors, whether families or solo travellers, to move around and explore the city and its environs. The residents are courteous, well-educated and disciplined. Thus, Sapporo prides itself in its clean surroundings and sustainable way of living.

Convenient Stay

Sapporo is as cosmopolitan as any first-class city. Five-star hotels, apartment hotels and affordable inns are all over the city at rates that whole families or solo travellers will enjoy. You can stay at a place that is nearest to the tourist spots you wish to visit. Transportation and traffic is smooth that there won’t be a problem getting to your desired location.

So set your sights on Sapporo – even if you are a frequent traveller or a first-time visitor to this wonderful city.  It will always charm you with its irresistible offerings and countless attractions. For millennials and the hardworking Filipinos, Sapporo City is, definitely, the destination in 2017.

To give you a glimpse of what to expect when visiting Sopporo, here are some photos to inspire you more. 🙂

Play mountain

The 30-meter “Play Mountain” at the Moeremuma Park located at the outskirts of Sapporo is the perfect location for sledding where lots of kids and their parents flock to have fun in the snow.

The first dome in the world equipped with a system for switching between turf for baseball and football - the Sapporo Dome is the northern most all-weather dome in Japan.

The first dome in the world equipped with a system for switching between turf for baseball and football – the Sapporo Dome is the northern most all-weather dome in Japan.

The Historical Village of Hokkaido, or Kaitaku no Mura, is a 54-hectare outdoor museum located at the Nopporo Forest Park in suburban Sapporo. The museum is organized into 4 sections: a town, a fishing village, a farm village, and a mountain village. Each section creates an atmosphere that effectively gives you an idea of what life was like in different parts of Hokkaido during the olden days.

The Historical Village of Hokkaido, or Kaitaku no Mura, is a 54-hectare outdoor museum located at the Nopporo Forest Park in suburban Sapporo. The museum is organized into 4 sections: a town, a fishing village, a farm village, and a mountain village. Each section creates an atmosphere that effectively gives you an idea of what life was like in different parts of Hokkaido during the olden days.

The snow sculpture of the HBC France Square at the Sapporo Snow Festival stands 49.8 meters high and 44.8 meters wide and is lit up every night in the color of France’s flag.

The snow sculpture of the HBC France Square at the Sapporo Snow Festival stands 49.8 meters high and 44.8 meters wide and is lit up every night in the color of France’s flag.

For more details on this Sapporo adventure please visit http://www.welcome.city.sappo ro.jp/?lang=en thank you.

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Resort within the city

 

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Last Saturday, a former high school classmate invited us to celebrate her birthday at a resort near their place. A resort with big swimming pool and spacious open area for outdoor party, and air-conditioned rooms for staycation. The place is Last Gate Resort in Quezon city.

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Food and wine was over-flowing and we really had a blast. We played mind games and sing-along session with the videoke machine provided by the resort. But since we were in the open area, singing was allowed only until 10 pm no amount of persuading to extend the cut-off period could prevail, lol… Rules are rules, no bargaining, even if we told them to just lower the volume of the machine and we won’t use the http://www.guitarcenter.com/Tube-Combo-Guitar-Amplifiers.gc, still no way haha.. anyway, we enjoyed every minute of our stay there, the place is clean and even if it’s in the heart of the city, trees and plants surround the resort so you will feel close to nature, so relaxing.

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Siargao Island

The Philippines being surrounded by water, is known for beautiful beaches, white powdery sand and pristine water. The list is endless with 7000 + islands to visit.

One of them is Siargao island – a tear-shaped island located in the province of Surigao del Norte. The coastline is characterized by a chain of reefs, small white, sandy beaches,  it’s neighboring islands also have the same land forms of islets.

By Mclovin'tosh - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40882817

By Mclovin’tosh – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40882817

Haven for Surfers – ‘Cloud 9’

One of the highlights in this beautiful beach is the Annual Siargao Cup – a domestic and international surfing competition.

Siargao surfing

By Mclovin’tosh – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40882858

One of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the Philippines, with a reputation for thick, hollow tubes is “Cloud 9”. This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.

The wave was discovered by traveling surfers in the late 1980s. It was named after a chocolate bar of same name, and was featured by American photographer John S. Callahan in the United States-based Surfer magazine in March 1993. Cloud 9 also has a reputation for being a relatively cheap destination for surfers with many cheap accommodations and restaurants and bars to choose from.  (source: wikipedia)

A truly heaven destinations for tourists and backpackers when looking for scenic and  economical place to stay, including bars and resto for happy hour with adam a7 sounds and partying.

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