Hokkaido (Sapporo Airport --> APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo)
21.11.2009 - 21.11.2009 0 °C
Finally after an hour plus flight, we had reached Hokkaido!!!!! We have landed on a white land. Merry Christmas~~ Oops, a bit early i guess... hahaha
Our first stop: LUNCH! It is around 1pm plus by the time we reached there. We are starving!!! They arranged us in a long bench, and served us a mini pot with a fish, raw seasoned octopus, and miso soup. The fish is rather hard and slightly salty (maybe because I don't take salty food?). They actually prepared the food for us before we arrived, so it could be the reason why the fish is hard on surface.
At Chitose Outlet Mall Rera
After our lunch, Billy took us to the Chitose Outlet Mall Rera, after an hour plus journey, for shopping. He gave us 1 hour to shop, as the night fall at around 4pm. There are a lot of branded stuffs there, and selling at a lower price. Reason? Out of season or trying to clear stock. As I was looking for a nicer coat, I scouted around to get a cheap but yet nice coat... and I managed to get a Enraciné coat at 7900 Yen (approximately SG$122)! What a deal! On average, a reasonable coat will cost a minimum of 10000 Yen. The shops inside changes every time. You might be able to find Nike (for example) today, and next week another brand replaces it. So, always check out before going there. The website is http://www.outlet-rera.com/foreigin/english/
We took some shops inside the outlet. Yes, it is a opened outlet, so snow still can come into the building. It is like, walking on a street that have all the branded goods in one row. Cool isn't it? Shop till your pocket burns~ wahaha. Got to beware of the "shiny" spots, as it indicates a danger of slipping! There is a little girl who just slip and fall while walking. So got to be very careful when walking.
At Aurora Town
After shopping around for an hour, we proceed to our bus. Before boarding the bus, we bought 2 buns. One "red bean" bun and chocolate bun. HOT! Nice to have some warm food in a cold place. At 4pm onwards, the sky turns dark... and by the time we reached the Sapporo City, it is a dark already. From the Sapporo TV Tower, you can see that at 5pm onwards, we are officially in night time.
We took a walk around Sapporo City, Aurora Town, a underground shopping centre at train station. Billy took us to the food area and let us look around. He give us some time to shop around before proceeding for our dinner in the hotel at 7pm.
We bought a cream puff and tried. The moment I bite it, the cream overwhelm the mouth. Full of cream, and spilling all over. Messy indeed, but nice. People around us were staring at us as they walk. LOL "How clumsy can one get?" they must be thinking in this way.
We went out of the shopping area to capture some photos. Look at the number in the photo. It indicates the temperature. Almost zero degree~ COLD!!! Some shots on the streets too.
We also visited the famous Ramen Street. Along this street, all the shops are selling Ramen!
- Ouch* A bear "bites" my head!!!
We have our dinner at (forgot the departmental store name, update again soon). This is our dinner. Nice?
At APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo
Finally, we proceed for our dinner. We checked in our luggage before going for the dinner. This is the photo of the hotel room we will be spending a night.
We stayed in APA Hotel & Resort where there is an Onsen and SPA for guests. I didn't go for the Onsen for some particular reason and hence unable to provide the details on how it is like. Instead, I asked him to try the Onsen and tell me how it is like. He don't like the smell. In Japan, their culture is that nobody will wear anything when they are in the Onsen. Nothing at all. So, every part is exposed. When he is in the hot spring, he saw a little girl with his daddy. BTW, male go to male area, female go to female area. There is no trespassing to each other place. But the little girl should be less than 6 year old. But it is kind of strange that a young little girl is being "exposed" to male since young age.
After his Onsen, he came out to the room. Usually after soaking in the hot spring, people will wash themselves before going to bed. (According to what he saw in the Onsen). So he did the same. But bathe again when he is in the room. Strange? He say he feels hot after soaking, so want to bathe again. ***speechless***
We went down to the reception to check out the area below.
The address for the hotel:
APA Hotel & Resort Sapporo
4-2 Kawazoe, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi 005-0804